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India vs Australia live cricket score, 1st Test Day 4 in Adelaide highlights: As it happened

India vs Australia 1st Test in Adelaide Updates: Catch all the action of the fourth day of the first Test of the four-match series between Australia and India at the Adelaide Oval through our blog.

By HT Correspondent | Dec 09, 2018 23:55 IST
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Updates: Kohli and boys are now six wickets away from making history. They have never won the opening Test of a series in Australia. At stumps, the score reads 104/4 for Australia with the hosts needing another 219 runs to win this Test. India finished on 307, handing Australia a target of 323 runs in their fourth innings at the Adelaide Oval. ((Full Scorecard)). 

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13:02 hrs IST

Stumps on Day 4

Kohli and boys are now six wickets away from making history. They have never won the opening Test of a series in Australia. At stumps, the score reads 104/4 for Australia with the hosts needing another 219 runs to win this Test. Shami has been the most impressive bowler on display along with Ashwin. Marsh and Head at the crease and will look to come out with a determined approach on the fifth morning.

12:55 hrs IST

India looking for one more kill

With the last few overs coming up before play ends, Kohli and boys will want one more wicket before end of the day’s play here. Head and Marsh will hope that they somehow see their team through to stumps without losing any more wicket and come back strong on Monday morning.

12:45 hrs IST

Kohli brings on Vijay

In an effort to give the main bowlers a rest and maybe break the concentration of the batsmen who have been looking to hold ends up with the main bowlers having a go at them. The Indians will definitely wish for a couple more wickets before the end of the day’s play.

12:35 hrs IST

Head and Marsh look to consolidate

With the Indian bowlers piling the pressure on the Australian batsmen with attacking lines, both Marsh and Head are looking to ensure that they do not lose any wicket here and are looking to frustrate the Indian bowlers who are in good rhythm here on the fourth evening of the first Test.

12:25 hrs IST

Ashwin looks to add pressure

No respite here for Ashwin as Kohli gets him to continue with Head coming in to bat. The Indians are up and chirpy here as they realise that they are very much in the driver’s seat in this game and are looking to start with a win in the four-match Test series here in Adelaide. India need another six wickets with more than 3 sessions left in the game.

12:12 hrs IST

Shami gets Handscomb

Bouncing him out there Shami. The ball hits more towards the handle of Handscomb’s bat as Pujara takes an east catch. The batsman walks back for 14 as the score reads 84/4. Indians are now almost visualising a win in the opening Test here. Six wickets to go here for India to take the opening Test at the Adelaide Oval.

12:10 hrs IST

Shami now into the attack

Kohli gets Shami into the attack as it looks like Ashwin could finally be given a break here as he has bowled non-stop. Ishant has just started a spell and to get Shami to replace him at this end means that it could be a change of ends for Ishant. The team is bubbling with energy as they can sense a win here. The score reads 84/3.

11:55 hrs IST

Marsh and Handscomb looking to steady ship

The Australians have realised the need to not let the Indian bowlers exude pressure on them. Even though Marsh and Handscomb have not managed to score too many runs, they have already played over 50 balls. This is all about holding fort and not breaking under pressure.

11:45 hrs IST

Kohli brings back Ishant

Even as Ashwin has bowled non-stop from one end, Kohli has now brought in Ishant from the end where Shami and Bumrah have all bowled impressive spells. All the Indian bowlers have ensured that the pressure is right on the Australian batsmen here and have bowled tight and in the right areas. India clearly looking to go for the kill here.

11:35 hrs IST

Bumrah looking very impressive

Not just bowling in the right areas, Bumrah has also been hitting the right speed as he has time and again bowled around the 142kph mark. In fact, the Australian bowlers have failed to get him away even for the singles as the pacer has looked threatening every over. India would love another couple of wickets before the end of the day’s play.

11:25 hrs IST

Indian bowlers on top

Marsh and Handscomb trying their best to build a partnership here as the Indian bowlers have bowled brilliantly in the post-tea session to ensure that the pressure is on the Australian batsmen. It will be fair to say that India are right on top here with the score reading 64/3 with the visitors needing another 7 wicket to win this one.

11:15 hrs IST

Ashwin strikes, Khawaja goes back

Ashwin has broken through again. This was in the offing as Ashwin was troubling Khawaja and the batsman goes trying to hit free. Rohit takes a spectacular catch jumping forward after misjudging the line of the catch slightly. The Indian players are elated as Khawaja has to walk back for 8 off 42 balls. The score reads 60/3.

11:10 hrs IST

Kohli turns to Bumrah

With Shami bowling a decently long spell, Kohli has now turned to Bumrah to give him a breakthrough here as India realise the need to pick one wicket here and get into the middle-order which has looked circumspect in recent times. Bumrah bowling a good attacking line here in tandem with Ashwin. Khawaja and Marsh at the crease here as the score reads 59/2.

11:00 hrs IST

Kohli looking for wickets

India realise that they need just one wicket here to get into the dicey middle-order and improve their chance of finishing the game here. Marsh and Khawaja are trying their best to tackle whatever is thrown at them by the Indian bowlers. Shami is looking especially dangerous and in good rhythm.

10:48 hrs IST

Shami strikes, Harris walks back

Shami has done it. He has been bowling an immaculate line post the tea break and he finally breaks Harris’ concentration as the batsman edges to Pant behind the wicket. Harris goes for 26. No missing this from the keeper as the India captain is all over the place celebrating. This is India’s game here and this is why Kohli loves Shami. The score reads 44/2.

10:42 hrs IST

Shami showing good rhythm

Shami is bowling a nice line and length here. This what the captain can ask for from the bowlers. Brilliant areas and a good rhythm. It is important for India to strike early before Khawaja settles down at the crease. Every run scored will make the Australian dressing room feel that much better.

10:33 hrs IST

Pujara drops Harris

Tough chance to his left, but Pujara should have taken that. Harris gets a life on 14 and three runs picked up as the ball flies through after Pujara manages to get just one hand to it. Shami is a little disappointed as he is bowling a good line and every chance is crucial.

10:10 hrs IST

Ashwin strikes at the stroke of tea

Ashwin strikes at stroke of tea, Finch walks back to the dressing room as the Indian players follow. Finch goes for 11 as Pant takes a smart bat-pad catch off Ashwin’s bowling. One down as Australia need another 295 runs to win this game. India finished on 307, taking their lead to 323 runs. Australia would have loved to walk into the tea break without losing a wicket.

10:00 hrs IST

Finch and Harris looking good

With the Indian bowlers failing to pick early wickets here, the Australian batsmen have started to gain in confidence here and Finch is looking sure about where his off-stump is. Harris has also started to play a few shots here and looking to not get into a rut here. Nine overs have been bowled and India need a wicket here if they are to stay ahead in the game.

09:50 hrs IST

Kohli turns to Ashwin

With the opening bowlers failing to pick a wicket in the first seven overs, Kohli now goes to his trusted spinner Ashwin. It will be important to see how he bowls after Lyon picked six wickets in the Indian second innings. India need early wickets here if they are to stay in the game as drop-in pitches make it slightly easier for batsmen even in the fourth essay.

09:40 hrs IST

Aussie openers look to start well

With a no-ball handing Finch an early reprieve, the Australian openers are now looking to stay cautious and not taking any undue risk. They realise that the new ball will help the Indian bowlers and it is just a matter of keeping silent till the red cherry loses its shine. Kohli will want his bowlers to strike early and make the chase all the more difficult for the hosts.

09:30 hrs IST

Ishant and Bumrah looking for wickets

Ishant and Bumrah are sharing the new ball for India and both are looking to bowl an aggressive line here. They know the need to strike early and put the Australian batsmen under pressure as the hosts chase 323 to win the opening Test of the four-match series. A lot of chattering happening here in the slip cordon as the Indians realise the need to keep up the pressure.

09:20 hrs IST

No-ball saves Finch

Ishant starts really well and it could have once again been a case of Ishant getting Finch in the first over of the innings, but the no-ball saves him here. Even in the first innings, the line was almost crossed when Ishant castled Finch. The Australians need a bit of luck here if they are to chase this one down.

09:06 hrs IST

India finish on 307

Ishant is the last man gone as Starc finishes things for Australia. India finish on 307, taking the lead to 322 runs. Rahane and Pujara shine as the two score 70 and 71 respectively.Lyon was the pick of the bowlers for Australia with six wickets. Australia need 323 runs to win.

09:00 hrs IST

Ishant and Bumrah look to stand ground

Unlike the indiscipline shown by Shami, Ishant and Bumrah are looking to stand ground for as long as they can as there is no need to hurry or throw the wicket away. These days any score is chaseable and the bowlers know the need to add every single run to the scoreboard as the lead now reads 322 runs.

08:52 hrs IST

Shami goes for a duck

Lyon picks his sixth as Shami looks to go big over deep mid-wicket. Another show of lack of application here from Shami as he looks to slog the very first ball into cow-corner. This will not go down well with the likes of Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri as he does know how to bat. The score reads 303/9.

08:50 hrs IST

Lyon gets Rahane

Lyon has struck again and this is his fifth and the all-important wicket of Rahane. The India Test deputy goes trying to reverse sweep the spinner. Clearly the batsman was looking to get a move as he goes for 70 with the score reading 303/8 as the lead reads 318.

08:42 hrs IST

Starc gets Ashwin

A very poor shot here from Ashwin. Did not really go for the hook, was a half attempt of sorts off Starc as Ashwin goes for 5 and India lose another wicket as they look to score some quick runs here. The lead is healthy at 318 with the score reading 303/7. The hosts need 3 more wickets here.

08:30 hrs IST

Rahane looks to up the ante

The Indian lead has crossed the 300-run mark and even as it looks like the team management is looking at what would be the perfect score to declare on, Rahane is looking to get to his century. He is still quite some distance away, but he is looking to show intent here.

08:20 hrs IST

Lyon gets Rishabh

He was looking to play a cameo here and Pant’s knock comes to an end as he tries to hit one shot too many. Lyon gets his man and that is a big wicket considering how the India wicket-keeper was looking to hit everything out of the ground. The score reads 282/6 as Pant goes for 28.

08:13 hrs IST

Pant starts second session with boundaries

Rishabh Pant comes dancing down the track to hits Nathan Lyon for back to back boundaries to start the proceedings in the second session of the day. Then, he hits the ball straight down the ground for the third four of the over. The last ball went over square leg fielder’s head for a huge six. In total, 18 runs came from that over.

08:05 hrs IST

Second session plan for India

Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant will look to score runs quickly post-lunch in order to extend their lead past a point of no return for Australia and give their bowlers ample time to dismiss the hosts in their second innings. With runs on the board, the Indian batsmen will look to play positive cricket against down on confidence Aussie bowlers.

07:40 hrs IST

Great session for India

The visitors will now look to make the most of the second session as well and increase their lead as much as possible.

07:35 hrs IST

Lunch!

The first session belonged to India as they have taken their lead to 275 runs. Pujara and Rahane completed their respective half-centuries in the innings. Lyon was the pick of the bowlers for Australia as he scalped the wickets of Pujara and Rohit in quick succession.

07:27 hrs IST

Great shot from Pant

Pant takes the attack to Lyon again and this time the ball goes for a boundary down the ground. This is how he plays and the team management backs him to play his game. The southpaw will look to add runs quickly to the Indian total and he has started in a good, aggressive fashion.

07:21 hrs IST

Pant joins Rahane in the middle

Rishabh Pant makes his intentions clear by hitting hi down the ground on the first ball that he faces today. The message seems to be clear that India want to score runs quickly. With Rahane settled at one end, Pant can play his game on the other.

07:15 hrs IST

Rohit Sharma falls

India have lost their fifth wicket of the innings as Nathan Lyon removes Rohit Sharma. Rohit edges the ball into the hands of Handscomb at silly point. Third wicket of the innings for Lyon.

07:12 hrs IST

Fifty for Rahane

Ajinkya Rahane brings up his half-century will a glorious short for a boundary off Hazlewood. This is Rahane fourth half-century in 2018 and he will look to continue from here on.

07:05 hrs IST

Stage set for Rohit to score quickly

With no pressure on India, Rohit Sharma could score freely and take India to a big target. He looked good in the first innings but got himself dismissed of a nothing shot and will look to make amends in the second essay.

06:58 hrs IST

Pujara finally departs

Nathan Lyon gives Australia something to cheer in the first session as he gets rid of Cheteshwar Pujara for 71. It was another gem of a knock from the middle-order maetro but Lyon had the last laugh. Despite this wicket, India will feel they are firmly on top in the match.

06:50 hrs IST

Issue with Pujara

Pujara was scene holding his hamstring in the last over and he seems to be in some kind of discomfort. To be fair to Pujara, he batted for a long time in the first innings and now he is doing the same in the second. Not to forget he was out in the middle fielding as well.

06:43 hrs IST

Australia bowlers seem to be down and out

The hosts lack inspiration at the moment and Rahane and Pujara are having no problems in scoring runs. They are milking singles and doubles for fun with an occasional boundary as well.

06:35 hrs IST

Aussies leaking runs

Starc is not able to find his rhythm yet as he bowls another wide delivery which goes for four byes down the leg side. Then, be bowls short and Pujara cuts the ball over the point fielder for a boundary. India are motoring along nicely at the moment.

06:25 hrs IST

Four and four

New ball has been taken but no joy for Auustralia. Rahane seems to be returning to best as he plays the perfect straight drive off the bowling of Starc to score his fourth boundary of the innings. Then, Starc bowls a wide delivery which went down the leg side for four byes. The hosts need some kind of inspiration from somewhere to lift themselves from this gloom.

06:16 hrs IST

Pujara on song

Pat Cummins bowls short to Pujara and the right hander simply cuts the ball past the wicket-keeper for a boundary. Eight boundary of the innings for Pujara as he moves into the 60s.

06:10 hrs IST

Good over from Lyon

Lyon concedes just two runs from his over but India won’t mind that as Pujara and Rahane are playing really well at the moment. So far, the first session as entirely belonged to the visitors.

06:04 hrs IST

Partnership

50-run partnership is up between Pujara and Rahane and India’s lead keeps on going up. Also, India have crossed the 200-run mark in their second innings.

05:56 hrs IST

India’s lead cross 200

Rahane hits a glorious boundary towards deep mid wicket of Lyon and with that India’s lead has gone past the 200-run mark. The visitors are in a good position on the match and firmly on top.

05:52 hrs IST

DRS saves Rahane

Lyon thought he picked his second wicket of the innings when the ball seemingly took an edge of his bat and was caught by the fielder a forwards short leg. Rahane asked for the DRS straightaway and replays showed that there was no contact with his bat or gloves.

05:45 hrs IST

Australia need wickets soon

As things stand, India are in full control of the match and Australia need to take wickets to trouble the visitors. Pujara and Rahane have been scoring runs easily and they aren’t under any pressure whatsoever.

05:37 hrs IST

Bowling change

Pat Cummins has been introduced into the attack for the first time today as Australia look to break this partnership between Pujara and Rahane. The duo have already added 26 runs today as India’s lead keep on increasing.

05:30 hrs IST

Rahane-Lyon duel lighting up first session

Rahane is constantly trying to unsettle Lyon by coming down the track to him. But the wily Aussie spinner is changing the length of the deliveries to keep Rahane guessing. This duel is simply outstanding to watch.

05:24 hrs IST

Half-century for Pujara

Cheteshwar Pujara completes his half-century and with that, he becomes only the third Indian ever to slam a century and half-century in a Test in Australia. One of the best Indian performances Down Under from Pujara.

05:20 hrs IST

Bowling change

Aussie skipper Tim Paine has introduced Nathan Lyon into the attack as pacer Starc and Hazlewood failed to leave a mark in the opening few overs. Lyon will come in handy on this slow wicket.

05:15 hrs IST

Edge but safe

Rahane survives a close call as he almost got himself dismissed off the bowling of Starc. The left-arm pacer dropped the ball short and Rahane went for the pull shot but he was way early. The ball hit the toe end of the bat and landed just in front of Marcus Harris at mid-on.

05:10 hrs IST

Four and four

Glorious shot from Pujara off Hazlewood as India score their first runs of the day. Pujara plays the perfect cover drive to get a boundary. And then, Hazlewood produces an edge of his bat but the ball goes past gully fielder for a boundary. Pujara is edging close to a well-deserved half-century.

05:05 hrs IST

Maiden over to start proceedings

Mitchell Starc bowls a maiden over to Ajinkya Rahane to set the ball rolling on the fourth day. As things stand, Indian batsmen will feel they don’t need to take any unnecessary risks in the first session. Josh Hazlewood will now bowl the second over of the day.

05:00 hrs IST

First session begins

Mitchell Starc has the new ball in his hands as he will bowl the first over of the day. Ajinkya Rahane is on strike while Cheteshwar Pujara is at the non-striker’s end. The sun is shining and it is going to be a cracking contest on the penultimate day of the Test.

04:50 hrs IST

Extended day’s play today

The play will begin at 5:00 am today owing to the lost overs yesterday due to rain. India will look to put as many runs as possible on the board with seven wickets left. While as for the hosts, they need early wickets.

04:40 hrs IST

Pitch report

Here is how the pitch is looking like early on in the day. The rough marks will certainly aid the spinners and Lyon and Ashwin will have a big role to play for their respective teams.

04:30 hrs IST

Bumrah backs Ashwin in fourth innings

“Ashwin will obviously play a more crucial role now because with the rough, we saw Nathan Lyon using the rough to his advantage. He is an experienced bowler and knows what he has to do. So he will probably work on it and he will play a crucial role for sure.”

04:15 hrs IST

Yet another milestone for Kohli

Virat Kohli was fuming to have his innings cut short but still managed to join an elite club of Indians who have notched 1,000 test runs in Australia. Sachin Tendulkar (1,809) leads the list ahead of VVS Laxman (1,236), Rahul Dravid (1,166), Virender Sehwag (1,031) and Kohli.

04:00 hrs IST

India look to extend lead

Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli thwarted Australia in a diligent partnership to push India to a position of strength and a 166-run lead at the close of day three. Australia will nonetheless be desperate for early wickets on day four to have hope of restricting India to a gettable total.

03:45 hrs IST

Hello and welcome

A very warm welcome to the live blog of the fourth day of the first Test between India and Australia in Adelaide. India have taken a good lead in the second innings but with seven wickets left in their kitty, they will look to extend that today.