India inching towards victory in Adelaide

India are having an upper-hand on the ongoing Test in Adelaide as they are six wickets short of a fabulous win while the hosts still need 219 runs to win.

Rahane and Pujara had a good partnership

The series opener between India and Australia is heading towards a fabulous result as the game is well poised now even though the visitors are having an upper hand by needing six wickets to begin the series on a winning note.

After bowling out Australia for 235 in their second innings on day 3, India were 151/3 at the end of the day and had a lead of 166 runs in the second innings. India continued the same momentum in the morning session of day 4 too.

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Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane continued their partnership and added 87 runs for the fourth wicket before Pujara’s wicket on 71. After his dismissal, Rahane took the responsibility and led the Indian second innings.

Rohit Sharma came at next and didn’t last for long and yet to make a comeback knock in the white clothes. Following him, Rishab Pant played a fast-firing inning of 28 runs from 15 balls that took the team lead over 300.

On the other end, the vice-captain scored his half-century and dismissed on 70. The wicket of Rishab Pant started the lower-order collapse for India and the visitors were bowled out for 307 runs and set a target of 323 for Australia.

In reply, Australia had a shocking start but fortunately, that shock didn’t last for long as the wicket of Aaron Finch in the ball of Ishant Sharma was denied as it was found to be a no-ball in Australian review. But the opener’s stay came to an end after sometimes in the ball of Ravichandran Ashwin.

Finch made a mistake there by not taking a DRS call on his dismissal this time as it was not out. Soon after the commencement of the third session, Marcus Harris was on his way back to the pavilion off Shami’s delivery.

Usman Khawaja and Peter Handscomb too had failures in the second innings and resulted in 84/4 for Australia. Since then Shaun Marsh and Travis Head managed to stop the flow of wickets and Australia were 104/4 at the stumps and needing 219 runs to win the match.

Brief Scores:

India: 250-all out
Cheteshwar Pujara 123, Rohit Sharma 37
Pat Cummins 2/49, Josh Hazlewood 3/52

Australia: 235-all out
Travis Head 72, Peter Handscomb 34
Ravichandran Ashwin 3/50, Jasprit Bumrah 3/47

India: 307-all out
Cheteshwar Pujara 71, Ajinkya Rahane 70
Nathan Lyon 6/122, Mitchells Starc 3/40

Australia: 104/4
Shaun Marsh 31*, Marcus Harris 26
Ravichandran Ashwin 2/44, Mohammad Shami 2/15

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