India vs Australia LIVE First Test Day 4
Follow the live action from Day 4 of the first Test between India and Australia from Chennai right here.
AUSTRALIA (2nd innings) Score: 65/3 II Overs: 29.5 Trail by 127 Philip Hughes leaves the field without disturbing the scoreboard. Ravindra Jadeja has struck in his seventh over having Hughes caught at first slip by Virender Sehwag. The ball bounces high and Hughes is taken by surprise as he looks to avoid the contact but still the ball kisses his gloves and goes to Sehwag. He goes for a duck. In comes Michael Clarke.
AUSTRALIA (2nd innings) Score: 64/2 II Overs: 28.6 Trail by 128 There it is! Ashwin strikes! A tossed up delivery drawing Ed Cowan on front foot. Gets hit on the pad and umpire raises his finger. A close call this from Dharmasena. Cowan looks unhappy but has no other choice but to leave for the pavilion. Phil Hughes is the new batsman in the middle. Cowan scored 32 (97b, 4X3).
AUSTRALIA (2nd innings) Score: 39/1 II Overs: 21 Trail by 153
Australia crawling their way back into touch
It’s been a dullish first four overs after lunch and the Aussies have looked far from confident. That said, they are trying to push for a dull draw anyway. Cowan’s on 18 and the injured and brave Warner is yet to get off the mark, having faced 14 deliveries.
AUSTRALIA (2nd innings) Score: 34/1 II Overs: 16 Trail by 158
Ashwin gets Watson!
LUNCH: The struggle has just gotten worse as Australia have lost Watson already. Having smacked a six and a four, finally succumbed to Ashwin’s spin, flighted and just short of a good length. Watson tries to fend that off but only succeeds in gloving it to give Sehwag and absolute dolly at first slip. That was the last ball before lunch too, and what a time to get the breakthrough for the Indians. Cowan, meanwhile, has tortoised his way to 13.
Watson c Sehwag b Ashwin 17 (46b)
AUSTRALIA (2nd innings) Score: 18/0 II Overs: 13 Trail by 174
Australia move along circumspectly
It’s been far from a steady start, but Australia haven’t yet lost a wicket, so that’s a definite plus for them. The ball’s really ripping and spinning and now Jadeja’s into the attack. The pacers will be primarily decorative in this inning, it appears. Cowan is on 11 and Watson is on 7.
AUSTRALIA (2nd innings) Score: 1/0 II Overs: 2 Trail by 191
Australia bat to save the match
Shane Watson is, surprisingly, in to open the batting alongside Ed Cowan as the Aussies look to reduce the deficit and bat out the five sessions to save the Test. Would Warner be able to bat if needed? Let’s find out as India start with spin with Ashwin and Bhajji. The latter gets one to pitch in the rough and spin viciously, making it look like Cowan had edged one to slips. But the ump turns down the appeal. Exciting period of play up ahead.
INDIA (1st innings) Score: 572/10 II Overs: 154.3 (Sharma 4*, Kumar 38)
India are all out!
Finally, at long last, eventually, Australia do get the 10th Indian wicket. Siddle’s slower ball earns him his first of the innings. Grand innings by Kumar here, as the last pair put on an irksome 26 runs, just adding lemony salt to the Aussies slashy gashes. Trailing by 192, on a pitch that’s crumbling away, the Aussies are in for quite the task.
Kumar c Clarke b Siddle 38 (97b)
INDIA (1st innings) Score: 555/9 II Overs: 149 (Sharma 0*, Kumar 25*)
India reach 550
Bhuvneshwar Kumar isn’t quite looking to bowl yet as he urges India past 550.
INDIA (1st innings) Score: 546/9 II Overs: 147 (Sharma 0*, Kumar 21*)
Captain Fabulous, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, departs
He’s smashed it around this morning as well, but Pattinson has finally gotten Dhoni out. A short ball is gloved through to Wade as MSD looked to hook it for another slammer. He hasn’t beaten Flower’s record for the highest score by a wicket-keeper, but he’s definitely played one of the most flamboyant Test innings we’ve seen in a long time!
MS Dhoni c Wade b Pattinson 224 (265b)
INDIA (1st innings) Score: 515/8 II Overs: 141 (Dhoni 206*, Kumar 16*)
And here we go…
Day 4 gets underway and Dhoni starts where he left off, reverse-sweeping Lyon for a four in the second ball of the day. How much can they add here? And can Dhoni beat Andy Flower’s record for the highest score by a wicket-keeper? We’ll find out…
Yesterday was all about the man whose captaincy and test batting skills have been severely questioned over the last few months. Coming in at a time when India were crawling forward and had just lost the back-in-form Sachin Tendulkar, Dhoni took the attack to the opposition.
By the end of the day, everyone in the ground, the stands and the dressing rooms were on their feet to laud Dhoni`s record-breaking performance as he notched up 206 runs in 243 balls, remaining not out at the end of the day.