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Ind Vs Aus 1st Test Day 4: Bowlers Put Team India On Driver Seat As Australia Struggles At 104/4

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| December 9 , 2018 , 15:47 IST

Team India looked in total control of the match as the hosts Australia were struggling at 104/4 in the 2nd innings of the first test on Sunday at Adelaide Oval.

At stumps, Shaun Marsh was batting on 31 while Travis Head was on 11 at the other end and the hosts still require another 219 runs to win after India set a mammoth target of 323 on day 4.

Indian star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and fast bowler Mohammed Shami scalped 2-wickets each.

India's speedster Ishant Sharma was unlucky not to bag a wicket in the very first over of the hosts' second essay when he trapped Aaron Finch leg before. But the Australian opener decided to call for a review which showed that Ishant had overstepped the crease.

Earlier, Virat & Co. were dismissed for 307 runs in their second innings earlier with vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane smashed 70 odd runs and first innings century-maker Cheteshwar Pujara once again shines with 71-runs during the day which gave them a formidable lead of 322.

For Australia spinner Nathan Lyon was the pick of the bowlers, taking six wickets for 122 runs in 42 overs. It was his 13th five-wicket haul in Tests. Mitchell Starc snared 3 for 40.

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The hosts need to make history to win. The only successful fourth innings Test run chase of more than 300 at Adelaide came in 1902 when the hosts made 315 to beat England, with the biggest in modern times the 239 West Indies managed in 1982.

Debutant Marcus Harris matched his first innings score of 26, hitting three crunching boundaries before he was caught by Rishabh Pant off Mohammed Shami, getting an edge on an attempted cut shot.

When Australia desperately needed the experienced Usman Khawaja to stick around but unfortunately he decided to run down the pitch to an Ashwin delivery and sliced it to Rohit Sharma, who took a difficult catch as he departed on 9 runs.

Middle-order batsman Peter Handscomb miscued a pull shot off Shami on 14 to Pujara, they were in deep trouble.

The play had started 30 minutes early to make up for rain disruptions on Saturday, with Australia desperate for an early breakthrough to build on the momentum after Virat Kohli fell to Lyon on day 3.

Explosive batsman Rishabh Pant went in search of quick runs as India's lead approached close to 300, smashing quickfire three fours and a six in succession off one Lyon over.

But when he went for another big hit and fell for 28 runs, it prompted a collapse from 282 for 5 to 307 all out.