Australia is staring down the barrel after India took control of the opening Test and the Aussie batting attack once again failed to fire.
After a late collapse, the Aussies slender hopes of claiming the victory were swept aside when several brain fades cost the home side dearly. With one day remaining in the game and Australia still needing runs to walk away victorious, the signs are ominous with only six wickets in hand.
A surprising move by Tim Paine to not throw the ball into the hands of Nathan Lyon caught many off guard and India capitalised.
Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane went about building on the lead and punished the bowling attack before Lyon landed the breakthrough. As the lead pushed over the run mark, the mindset in the Indian batting attack changed following the lunch break.
Attack was on the menu and Rishabh Pant was the chief destroyer as he put on a lightning 28 runs off only 16 balls. Once the second innings total climbed past the mark however, the Aussies got back on top thanks to a horrendous collapse.
India lost four wickets for only four runs and their innings came to an end on runs, a lead of Not long later he was given out once again after a spirited appeal, but the man at the top of the order should have remained.
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But Finch chose not to review it. Finch departed for 11, debutant Marcus Harris put on 26, Usman Khawaja never looked settled as he registered only eight runs before Peter Handscomb went back to the sheds after only making Indian players celebrate the dismissal of Australia's Aaron Finch, second left, on day four during the first cricket test between Australia and India in Adelaide, Australia,Sunday, Dec.
All of a sudden Australia find themselves in a perilous position. A run partnership with Travis Head will need to push well into the triple figure mark on the fifth and final day if the Aussies have any hopes of claiming a win in the first Test of the series.
If the recent batting brain fades are anything to go by, India look set to take the early series lead. You have to play in a hard manner.
He was doing a good job of keeping the crowd quiet until he fell to Nathan Lyon for 34 off balls. Kohli was more sedate than usual, hitting just three fours in his knock before he inside edged the Aussie off-spinner to Aaron Finch at short leg.
Lyon broke a cautious run stand between Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara, the highest partnership in the match, as the tourists attempted to bat Australia out of the game. Kohli was typically animated in the morning session, celebrating jubilantly after India rolled Australia for to claim a first-innings lead of 15 runs.
KL Rahul, out for 44 after being offered a life by Aaron Finch on 32, and Murali Vijay saw off the new ball in a run opening stand. Their highest opening partnership outside India ended when the latter was removed for 18 by Mitchell Starc in similar fashion to day one.