AUS vs IND: India need 309 runs with 8 wickets in hand, Australia eye towards victory

The fourth day of the third test too went in Australia’s favor as they give India an almost impossible target to chase on the final day of the match. The Australian team has been absolutely dominant throughout this match and the fourth day wasn’t any different for them. Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne came in to bat on Day 4 as Australia had a comfortable lead. On the second delivery of the day, Vihari dropped a regulation catch of Labuschagne. Bumrah was seen in disbelief as the catch was pretty straightforward and went straight throw him.

Labuschagne went on to score his 9th half-century as the duo took the lead past 250.  Labuschagne was dismissed by Saini as he tried to play a ball outside leg stump and got a glove to the ball as Saha grabbed the catch beautifully while diving. Wade too was dismissed soon by Saini as he couldn’t play a shorter delivery by him. Smith continued his good form in this match as he went on to score another half-century. Green too started hitting the ball as Australia looked to go past 400 in the lead. After the tea break, Australian intentions were pretty evident as Smith too began to strike the bowl in all parts of the park. Smith was looking to get quick runs along with Green but in the process was dismissed by Ashwin. When Smith was on 81,  Ashwin bowled a classic off-spinners delivery and beat Smith and trapped him in front of the wicket. The Indian team had to go for review as the on-field umpire gave it a not out. On the big screen, it was seen that the ball was hitting the stumps and Smith walked back in disbelief. Tim Paine and Green still continued to hit the ball as the Indian bowlers looked clueless. Green went on to score his first half-century in tests as the lead went beyond 350. Tim Paine too was having a great day with the bat as he was playing almost run-a-ball innings. Green was dismissed just before the tea on 84 by Bumrah. Paine declared the Australian innings on 312 for a loss of 6 wickets and the lead was just above 400.

The Indian opener showed great character as they didn’t look worried while batting. The newest opening pair of India, Sharma, and Gill was looking solid at the crease. The duo was striking the ball well and the scoreboard was ticking nicely. The opener went on to have another 50+ stand in this match. Gill who was looking good was dismissed by Hazelwood. He got an edge of the bat as the ball went out after pitching. He was dismissed after a well made 31. Rohit Sharma seemed to be getting back in to touch as he went on to score his first overseas half-century as an opener. He soon was dismissed by Cummins on a rather loose delivery as he attempted to clear the ropes. He went back to the pavilion at 52. Pujara and Rahane played through the remaining overs and didn’t take any chance as the day ended at 98 for a loss of 2 wickets for India.

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