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Twitter Reaction: India Gain Adavantage At Stumps On Day Four

Virat Kohli seems to be in no mood to recognise ‘draw’ as a possible result out of this hard fought match. This has been a grinding four days of Test cricket for both the teams but India certainly have gained an edge over the opposition at the moment. The chief men behind the advantage India has at the moment are Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha and Ravindra Jadeja.

Australia conceded a lead of 152 runs after failing to stop the rock solid Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha from flourishing. By the end of the first session, it was clear that India will take the lead. The duo resumed from where they left on day three and added 75 runs in the opening session to take India just 19 runs away at the break. Their defiance continued in the next session and they went on and on for a total of 77.4 overs and add 199 runs for the 7th wicket, beating Glenn Maxwell and Steve Smith’s 191 for the 5th wicket earlier in the game.

Pujara’s record-breaking innings saw him register his third Test double century, become the first Indian to face 500 or more deliveries. At the time he was dismissed by Lyon, he consumed 525 balls during his knock. Saha, on the other hand, got his 11th Test century and played a wonderful role in the partnership. When the duo returned to the pavilion after a gap of just 3 overs, a quick wrap up seemed like was waiting to happen. But, Jadeja walked in with all the chips down and revitalised the innings with some aggressive strokes which fetched him 54 from 55 balls.

Australia, in reply, got themselves in trouble prematurely as they lost their opener David Warner and night watchman Nathan Lyon in the 6th and 8th over of the last session. The visitors were required to bat out just 8 overs but Jadeja’s sharp turning deliveries got him two wickets in consecutive overs forcing Australia to slip into a bad position.

 

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