It was a nice morning in Adelaide. India started from their overnight score of 151/6. Rahane and Pujara were at the crease. India knew that the first one-hour play of the day’s play would be very crucial in determining the course of the game.
India played very well to not give aussies the breakthrough they would have wanted. In the meanwhile, Pujara completed his half century and became only the third Indian player to score a fifty in both the innings of a test match in Australia.
As India went past the lead of 187 runs, it was evident that this will not be going to be easy for Australians as only four targets of more than 187 has been chased on the Adelaide Oval. Finally, the battle between Pujara and Lyon was won be Lyon. He was bowling exceptionally well and he got his man. Lyon was very patient with his length and line and tried to keep it as simple as possible. Pujara got out for well made 71.
Rohit Sharma and came and didn’t trouble the scorers much and departed only for 1 run. By the time India went past the lead of 250 runs and one could expect at the Indians to now go fore more runs and rightly done so by the new man Rishabh Pant who made a quickfire 28 of just 16 balls. He scored 18 runs from one over from Lyon.
After Rishabh Pant was dismissed it was just the matter of time before the Australians cleaned the last four Indian wickets for just 25 runs. India got all out for 307 runs and giving a target of 323 runs for the Australians to win the match. Nathan Lyon was the pick of the bowler from the Australian side as he took his 13th five wicket haul and completed with a bowling figure of 6/122.
It was a vey difficult target for the Australians. Finch and Harris came out to bat and was playing well. Finch got out just at the last ball before tea and Australians were 28/1 at tea. The last season was going to be very important session for both the teams.
Marcus Harris was dropped on 14 by Pujara in the bowling of Shami but he could not make it count as he got dismissed on the score of 26 by Shami when he went fishing at the ball outside off and handed a simple catch to Pant who did not make a mistake. Khawaja got out by playing an ambitious shot to Ashwin as Rohit took a great catch in the outfield. This wicket was very important for the Indians as Khawaja is the best batsman in the current Australians line up.
At the ends of day play Australia was batting at 104 runs with a loss of 4 wickets. Now this match is completely in the hands of Indians and now it only their match to lose from here on. Be back for the fifth and final day which promises to be a great day for Indian fans.