Australia ended the day 4 of 251-6 with a lead of 348 going into the final day of the fourth Test match at Sydney. Conceding a lead of 97, India started attacking the Aussies who replied back with a brilliant counter-attack. After losing David Warner in the second over of the day, Opener Chris Rogers and Shane Watson started to launch an counter attack before Watson departed for 16. Skipper Steve Smith joined Chris Rogers at the crease as the duo put on 80 runs in 15 overs before Rogers departed for 56 while trying to increse the run-rate.
Soon Shaun Marsh departed as Smith reached his second fifty of the series adding to four hundreds and took the attack to the Indian bowlers, He eventually got out for 71 and it was when Joe Burns started his show. He smashed the Indian bowlers all around the park in his 39 ball 66 which included 8 fours and 3 sixes. Brad Haddin, too kept scoring some quick runs before the bad light nded the day with an over still to go. Ashwin was the pick of the Indian bowlers with figures of 4-105. Umesh Yadav conceded 45 runs in his three overs in the second innings.
Starting the day on 342-5, India started the proceedings on day 4 on a shaky way as they lost skipper Virat Kohli, who added just seven runs to his overnight score as he got out for 147 runs. Wriddhiman Saha, in the company of R Ashwin batted with caution in the first hour of play and started to score runs freely before Saha got out caught at slips by Steve Smith off Josh Hazlewood.
Ashwin and Bhuvneshwar Kumar put on a 65 run partnership for the eighth wicket before Bhuvneshwar was dismissed courtesy a blunder from third umpire Simon Fry who gave Bhuvneshwar out with the replays clearly indicating that the bat hit the ground and the ball was no way near the bat before it was caught by Watson in the slips for a well-made 75 ball 30. Ashwin reached his fourth Test fifty before he got out caught behind off Mitchell Starc.
Mohammad Shami scored some quick runs before Ryan Harris dismissed Umesh Yadav for 4, bringing an end to India’s first innings. India will look to win the match and save some pride from the series.
Brief Scores: Australia 572 and 251-6 (Joe Burns 66, Steve Smith 71, Ashwin 4-105) lead India 469 (Virat Kohli 147, KL Rahul 116, Mitchell Starc 3-106) by 348 runs.
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