Australia vs India – Day 4 – Hosts Build Sizable Lead After Warner Ton

Day 4 of the 1st Australia vs India test was an eventful one. The Indian lower middle order could not contribute much to the overnight score of 369/5 as Nathan Lyon and Peter Siddle captured the remaining wickets to restrict India to 444 all out in 116.4 overs. During the course of the Indian innings, Australian off spinner Nathan Lyon grabbed his 6th five-wicket haul in tests. The Australians paced their 2nd innings well, thanks to another solid century by opening batsman David Warner.  An unbeaten fifty by Steve Smith and a quick cameo by Mitchell Marsh helped the Aussies build a 363-run lead over the visitors as they ended the day at 290/5.

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Nathan Lyon turned the ball well and troubled the Indian batsmen enroute his 5 wicket haul.

Rohit-Saha Pair Fails To Make Impact:

Post Virat Kohli’s fine century, the onus was on middle order batsmen Rohit Sharma and Wriddhiman Saha to play on and reduce the first innings lead. However, Rohit (43 off 89) departed after a soft caught and bowled dismissal by Lyon and Saha (25 off 68 balls) followed him soon after. The Indian tailenders could not add much to the scoreboard, barring Mohammad Shami’s quickfire 34 off 24 balls. Nathan Lyon triggered the collapse and captured 3 out of the 5 wickets.

Warner Scores Ton After Being Bowled Off A No-Ball:

After the short break, Australia were off to a flying start with Warner scoring boundaries regularly. Kohli brought Aaron into the attack around the 30th over. Like in the first innings, the Aussie left-hander targeted Aaron and scored more runs. The Indian pacer struck back as he bowled a beauty which crashed into Warner’s stumps. It was found out to be a no-ball after TV Reviews and Warner was called back to bat. Warner went on to score his 11th test hundred and his 2nd hundred in the match. He was eventually dismissed by Karn Sharma through a failed switch-hit attempt, where Warner couldn’t connect the ball and saw it hit the stumps.

The On-Field verbal exchanges

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David Warner and Varun Aaron , an exciting contest

The fourth day also saw some on-field tussles and verbal exchanges which involved players from both teams. It all started when Aaron had Warner bowled and he set off a celebratory run with screams of “come on!”. When Warner returned to the crease, he mocked Aaron with similar gestures. Another such instance occurred in the final session when Rohit Sharma appealed for an LBW against Steve Smith. Smith had a few words with the Indian part-time bowler which turned into a bad tempered exchange. Virat Kohli came in from slips and asked Smith to “stay in his limits”.

These angry exchanges were a welcome sight for they indicated that both teams had now moved into battle mode even as they were struggling to move past the sad and tragic demise of Phil Hughes

Smith and Marsh add more misery 

Michael Clarke, who scored a century in the first innings could not do much this time as Varun Aaron had him caught behind. Steve Smith and Mitchell Marsh piled up runs and fattened their lead over India. The latter scored 40 runs off just 26 balls with four boundaries and three big hits outside the park before losing his wicket to Rohit Sharma. Smith and keeper-batsman Brad Haddin played out the remainder of the day and ended at 290/5 with a lead of 363.

Australia vs India :What To Expect From Day 5?

With just one day of play remaining, the Aussies might opt for an overnight declaration and set a target of 364 for India. If there is a declaration, the game is definitely in for a result. Plenty of action in store for the final day of the 1st test of the Australia vs India saga.




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