India vs Australia Fourth Test: Cricket live scores, updates

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    India v Australia

    FEROZ SHAH KOTLA GROUND, MARCH 22-26, 2013

    4th Test - IND v AUS

     
    Australia 1st Inn 262 All Out
    India 1st Inn 272 All Out
    Australia 2nd Inn 164 All Out
    India 2nd Inn 4/158
    Australia won the toss and elected to bat
    India won by 6 wickets
    India Over:31.2  RR:5.04
    Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR
    MS Dhoni* 12 14 2 0 85.71
    CA Pujara 82 92 11 0 89.13
    Australia
    Bowlers O M R W Econ
    NM Lyon* 15.2 0 71 2 4.63
    GJ Maxwell 11.0 0 54 2 4.91
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    Last Wicket: Rahane, 1 (c:Lyon b:Maxwell)
    Current Partnership: 30 runs, 28 balls, RR:107.14

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    It’s a matter of a clean sweep for India and a face-saving win for Australia when the two sides meet in the fourth and the final Test of the series at Delhi. We’ll bring you live coverage of the action throughout the day from 3.00pm AEDT.

    Australia’s tour of India has turned out to be a nightmare for the visitors.

    Down 0-3 after the third Test, Australia’s problems have been compounded by Michael Clarke’s back problems going into the final game.

    And let me now even broach the four-man suspension topic, one that could well be a line-in-the-sand moment in Australian cricket – and not entirely for the reasons that coach Mickey Arthur would want.

    Speaking of problems, Arthur’s received lot of criticism from fans, necessitating him to shut down his Twitter account between these two Tests. That, I suspect, will be the least of his woes though.

    What could be a problem is that an inexperienced Australian side could go into this Delhi Test match without their most experienced batsman and captain, Michael Clarke.

    A decision on his availability will be taken on the morning of the Test match but even if he manages to get fit in time, his back will need to be monitored throughout the Test.

    In the eventuality of his absence Shane Watson will take over the captaincy role.

    The same Watson who threw his toys out of his pram on being suspended for the previous game after crying out against the ‘harsh’ treatment.

    Then there will be the selection headaches associated with Watson’s return in case Clarke did find himself fit before the game.

    If Watson has to be selected, one of Phil Hughes or Steven Smith might have to sit out, which could be a shame given the way both batted at Mohali. This could also mean that Usman Khawaja will miss out yet again.

    The bowling line-up will see the return of James Pattinson who could join Peter Siddle in their two-and-a-half-pronged pace attack – with Moises Henriques being the other.

    There is a school of thought that suggests that Siddle could be rested for this game given his workload all summer with Mitchell Johnson taking his place.

    India have a selection problem on their own. Shikhar Dhawan had a mixed three days at Mohali and after his blizkrieg of a 185, he was resigned to the confines of the dressing room having injured his hand. He will miss this match.

    With Dhawan out and Gautam Gambhir suffering from a bout of jaundice, it will be down to one of Ajinkya Rahane or Suresh Raina to make it to the Indian XI.

    Rahane is the recognised opener but India haven’t been too averse to pushing middle-order batsmen up the order and converting them into reluctant openers to fit in an awkward piece of jigsaw that does not belong.

    If Raina, who is one of captain MS Dhoni’s trusted lieutenant’s at the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL, is selected ahead of Rahane, it will only mean that Cheteshwar Pujara will have to go up to open the innings. In the longer run, this move hardly makes sense.

    Speaking of the pitch at the Feroz Shah Kotla and it is a typical Indian surface – it will be slow and keep low from very early. This may not be as bad a thing as some may reckon for the visitors given that R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have grabbed a bunch of their wickets because of the terrific bounce they have got from pitches in the first three games.

    Shorn of bounce, it could lead to the spinners struggling over the first couple of days or so till at least before it becomes very difficult to counter the low nature of the track.

    Eight of the last nine Tests played at the Kotla have had results with India losing only one of them – way back in 1987. Interestingly the only drawn game featured Australia – a high-scoring encounter that saw the visitors slam 577 in their first innings.

    What would the Australian team give to get themselves those many runs again!

    Live coverage of the game begins from 3.00pm AEDT and enjoy the end of the working week with some Test matches cricket and if you’re following along, leave your opinion in the space below.

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    • 1:18am
      Suraj said | 1:18am | ! Report

      Remember Clarke who defeated India; something Waugh, Warne and the greats could not do. This Aussie team is not great and neither are the Indians. Time was when these once great teams won overseas. This is merely an insult to test cricket and not a competition.I hope players who did well get an extended run to prove themselves and for those that failed ;I will be flailed for this [Sachin amongst a big list} be honorably passed over with huge thanks for their services.

    • 11:33pm
      Dcnz said | 11:33pm | ! Report

      Did Allan Border really say at stumps it was a reasonable result for Australia and that it was a middling score while praising Cowan and Hughes ..

      Not a mention of maxwell Warner and Watto ,..

      Jeez standards have dropped …

    • 10:13pm
      Lancey5times said | 10:13pm | ! Report

      Am I right in saying that the only player in the squad that has increased in value as a result of this series is Steve Smith? And Pattinson maybe? And Khawaja by not playing?

      • 10:17pm
        Tasman said | 10:17pm | ! Report

        starc with the bat?

        • 10:21pm
          Lancey5times said | 10:21pm | ! Report

          Bowlers can really only improve there stocks by getting wickets. He’s not gonna get picked for his batting

          • 10:27pm
            Tasman said | 10:27pm | ! Report

            il take any positives I can at the moment.

      • 10:28pm
        Vivek said | 10:28pm | ! Report

        Yes you are correct Lancey, Smith has looked good and Khawaja by not being part of the series will continue to be on the fan’s lips because he is yet to get his chance.

    • 10:08pm
      Matt h said | 10:08pm | ! Report

      Well done smith, Siddle and Pattinson. Honorable mention to Cowan until he decided he has talent and tried a sweep shot. Honorable mention to Hughes. He looked the goods today even if it was too short. Bad luck Matt Wade.

      And then there was Warner, Watson, Maxwell. There is nothing much to say that hasn’t been said. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome. By that measure Warner and Maxwell need help. Watson’s concentration levels continue to amaze. And Mitchell Johnson has a promising career as a comedian ahead of him

      • 10:16pm
        Lancey5times said | 10:16pm | ! Report

        I will give Watto’s leadership some credit though. He turned up today and led by example. Unfortunately his side followed said example and applied very little concentration and produced even less

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      10:06pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 10:06pm | ! Report

      By any stretch if you lose only one wicket in a session, it’s yours. And when that happens after the team’s seven down, it can be considered an excellent one for sure.

      India will be a tad disappointed to have not bowled Australia out after getting them down to 7/136 at one stage. However, if after losing the toss they would have been told that the visitors are going to end the day on 8/231, they would have gladly taken it.

      The good news for the Indians is that the pitch hasn’t misbehaved too much and wicket-taking for the spinners has not been the easiest. That said they will be wary of the quicker men – there’s enough in the track to make life difficult for the batsmen given the up and down bounce and puffs of dusts that keep coming out.

      India’s immediate task will be bowl Australia out till 250 before getting a substantial first innings lead. Australia need to bat on and if possible, get themselves to 300 and beyond. More vitally, they need to exploit the track tomorrow, and with James Pattinson back they have the necessary arsenal. They will do well to remember that every time India has had that one big partnership that has taken the game away – the rest of the wickets have fallen away rather quickly.

      Back tomorrow with the second day of the final Test of the season. Ciao!

    • 10:01pm
      Red Kev said | 10:01pm | ! Report

      Siddle with the top score – well done son!

      • 10:32pm
        Vivek said | 10:32pm | ! Report

        Perhaps we should change our batting lineup around and let the bowlers bat first.

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      10:01pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 10:01pm | ! Report

      So just a single off that last Jadeja over ends Australia’s day on 8/231.

    • Roar Guru

      9:58pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 9:58pm | ! Report

      Another maiden from Ashwin. Two minutes to go now, which means that it’s one more over to bowl.

      8/230 in 97.

    • Roar Guru

      9:55pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 9:55pm | ! Report

      Change in bowling now and it’s back to the spinners. R Ashwin comes back.

    • Roar Guru

      9:54pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 9:54pm | ! Report

      It’s almost 100 runs since they lost their seventh. That is a very good fightback considering that this is not going to be an easy track to bat on fourth innings.

      It does look like the Indian bowling is a tad tired too, and so are the fielders. Not that BK and Ishant have bowled too many.

      8/230 in 96.

    • 9:54pm
      Red Kev said | 9:54pm | ! Report

      Let’s just pick 9 fast bowlers, a spinner and a wicket-keeper. Our bowlers are doing a far better job with the bat, why carry the so called specialist batsmen and allrounders?

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