India vs Australia First Test Day four: Cricket live scores, updates

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    India's Harbhajan Singh, left, celebrates taking the wicket of Australia's captain Ricky Ponting, right, for 1 run at the Sydney Cricket Ground Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008, on the fourth day of their second cricket test. India made 532 in reply to Australia's 463 in their first innings. AP Photo/Rick Rycroft

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    1st Test - IND v AUS

    Australia 1st Inn 380 All Out
    India 1st Inn 572 All Out
    Australia 2nd Inn 241 All Out
    India 2nd Inn 2/50
    Australia won the toss and elected to bat
    India won by 8 wickets
    India Over:11.3  RR:4.35
    Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR
    SR Tendulkar 13 10 0 2 130.00
    CA Pujara* 8 24 0 0 33.33
    Bowlers O M R W Econ
    NM Lyon* 5.3 0 29 1 5.27
    PM Siddle 3.0 2 4 0 1.33
    Recent Overs:
    .  .  6  6  .  1  | .  .  .  .  .  .  | .  .  1  |
    Last Wicket: Sehwag, 19 (c:Clarke b:Lyon)
    Current Partnership: 14 runs, 13 balls, RR:107.69

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    MS Dhoni’s inspirational double-century and his hundred-run stands with Virat Kohli and Bhuvneshwar Kumar helped India take control of the Chennai Test against Australia. We’ll have live coverage of day four from 3.00pm AEDT.

    Strategies will need to change for Australia next game but their immediate concern will be to come back into this Test match after losing the initiative.

    Sachin Tendulkar’s early dismissal would have raised the Australian hopes but Virat Kohli raced to his own century and Dhoni produced a counter-attacking innings against the second new ball to take the advantage.

    Difficult pitch or not, India got themselves a score of more than 500 and ensured that Australia will need to do all the catching up over the next couple of days.

    With a lead of 135 under their belt India will consider themselves favourites on a fast deteriorating Chennai pitch. R Ashwin will look to build on his seven-wicket haul from the first innings and could do a lot of bowling from the word go.

    What Dhoni will hope is for Harbhajan Singh to find some of his rhythm that had made him the world-beater in the early 2000s with Ravindra Jadeja looking to stifle the run flow.

    Australia will first need to bowl India out quickly. Dhoni hasn’t given them too many chances but what will worry captain Michael Clarke is that even number 10 batsman Bhuvneshwar Kumar came nowhere close to getting out after an early dropped opportunity.

    The last thing Clarke will want is for India to bat up to the lunch break, in effect batting them out of the game.

    Later when Australia get their chance to bat again, it will definitely be a test by spin. Given how the track has behaved for Nathan Lyon over the third day, likes of Ashwin and Harbhajan will be licking their fingers.

    It will be interesting to see if the Australian top-order gained anything out of watching how the Indians batted against Lyon and even some of the pace bowlers – they were not allowed to settle down and attacked hard.

    India hold all the aces with an Australian fightback a real possibility. For that though, they will have to play out of their skins from here on.

    Live coverage of the game begins from 3.00pm AEDT on Monday, don’t hesitate add your opinion in the comments section below.

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    • 4:44pm
      abdulhai said | 4:44pm | ! Report

      i think Australia is a very strong team but now this time is india

    • 10:22am
      fadida said | 10:22am | ! Report

      Ed Cowan = John Dyson. Takes ages to get to 30, gets tired and gets out

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      JGK said | 12:10am | ! Report

      That drop by Cowan is looking like the crucial point in the match now.

    • 10:44pm
      jamesb said | 10:44pm | ! Report

      No surprises where this game was headed after day 3.

      India 8/406, and managed to get 572, an extra 166 runs is the real tell tale difference in this game thanks to Dhonis 224.

      A real pity that Patto didn’t have any support. 5/96 does prove that fast bowlers can be successful in India.

      Australia has made it to day 5 thanks to Moises, who is having a terrific debut. A lead of 40 with 1 wicket remaining is not enough. Australia need to add another 100 odd to make this match any interesting!

      If only it was 5 or 6 wickets remaining.

      Well played India.

    • 10:24pm
      Matt said | 10:24pm | ! Report

      If you think Australia has problems:

      Too bad for the bowlers actually trying, half a dozen missed outs a game.

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      Suneer Chowdhary said | 10:07pm | ! Report

      Just a single from the Ishant over but that’s that for the day. No extra half hour taken and the game will be pushed to the fifth day.

      Australia are 40 ahead and will now be aiming to carry on from here and take the partnership up from its current 57 runs. Henriques has been the star of the Australian batting and is now looking good to get to a maiden Test century, unbeaten on 75.

      India did almost everything right to push Australia to the brink of defeat before this last-wicket stand. Ashwin scalped another five wickets as Australia struggled on an admittedly treacherous pitch.

      Back tomorrow with the final day’s play of the Test and despite all that has happened, cannot see India not take a 1-0 lead from here. Ciao!

      • 10:09pm
        Lukeling said | 10:09pm | ! Report

        I like your optimism Suneer, would love to see Moises score a century. Thanks for the commentary!

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

        Thanks Suneer

    • 10:04pm
      Red Kev said | 10:04pm | ! Report

      I can’t believe we lasted to a fifth day – that’s a momentum shift in my opinion. Poor work from Dhoni, Australia will take some positives from that. Now we just need the selectors to come to the party with some sense.

      • 10:14pm
        Praveen said | 10:14pm | ! Report

        Get Khawaja in for starters, very impressed by muses

      • 10:49pm
        Richard said | 10:49pm | ! Report

        Why can’t the selectors pick a team for the conditions. We have this problem that if a team won the last test then that is the team that goes forward regardless (excepting injuries). Apart from injuries and bowler rotations to protect them from injuries we have no other plan. If we took Doherty why didn’t we play him? He did ok in the warm ups like Henriques, who got a gig. We didn’t play Xavier? Because it would have upset the dogma. Its crazy, the Poms showed you have to play 2 spinners, the selectors must be brain dead, all of them!

      • 10:58pm
        Richard said | 10:58pm | ! Report

        Momentum shift? That is Rose colored glasses my friend. Worst of all is the limp capitulation in the second innings. If Henriques could tough it out, then we should have expected much more from the top order. Big questions to be asked there and Clarke shouldn’t be immune. Time to toughen up in the brain Australia and that includes the selectors.

        • 5:46am
          Red Kev said | 5:46am | ! Report

          Not really. For us to force a fifth day is a positive we can take to the next test. We’ll still lose this but there was some fight.

    • 10:03pm
      Aduardo said | 10:03pm | ! Report

      Shades of Haddin in Sth Africa in Wade’s batting?

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      Suneer Chowdhary said | 10:00pm | ! Report

      Ishant Sharma will bowl the 84th over of the innings. There is an option to play an extra half hour but not sure if India will want to continue playing right now.

      9/213 in 83

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      Suneer Chowdhary said | 9:57pm | ! Report

      The 50-run stand for the last wicket has been brought up with a six off the last ball of the Ashwin over! Outside the off and flat, MH goes for it and connects! Six more to the number seven…

      …74 for him and Australia are 37 ahead.

      Will this help MH get a promotion to number six for the second Test?

      • 10:00pm
        Christo the Daddyo said | 10:00pm | ! Report

        Should do. He seems to actually have a clue against spinners. Wade doesn’t.

    • 9:56pm
      Amith said | 9:56pm | ! Report

      I don’t want to jinx him but Moses can get a century here, how good would that be

    • 9:53pm
      Lukeling said | 9:53pm | ! Report

      I think Aussie fans would be satisfied if the team showed some grit & played a tough draw. I can’t remember the last time we saved a match.

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        langou said | 9:59pm | ! Report

        Haha if they can pull off a draw from here they will get a heros welcome

        • 10:03pm
          Lukeling said | 10:03pm | ! Report

          haha not in this match just in general. Where’s Johnno? Need the stats on the last time Australia clung on to a draw.

          • 9:20am
            Duppers said | 9:20am | ! Report

            Taking nothing away from India & the two magnificent innings from Kholi & Dhoni. What hope does Australia really have when you get deliveries spitting at & shooting through low in a manner that you would never see in 10 seasons of cricket on home soil. The Indian pitches are a joke & are so heavily in favour of their spinners I wonder if its a really fair contest.

      • 10:03pm
        Amith said | 10:03pm | ! Report

        Grit is the key, otherwise its hard to digest

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