Mohali: The Indian batting is having a tough time in the middle as they already have lost their top four batsman in their quest to chase down 215 in the final session of play at Day 4 in Mohali.
Ben Hilfenhaus got the first breakthrough for the visitors as he got Gautam Gambhir in the very first over of the Indian innings. Gambhir was rather unlucky, as he was adjudged lbw by New Zealand umpire Billy Bowden.
Next man to be dismissed was Rahul Dravid(13) off the bowling of Dough Bollinger who put one across the stumps to find a fine edge off Dravid's bat to the wicketkeeper behind.
Hilfenhaus then got the danger man Virender Sehwag(17) caught by Mike Hussey as India still have a long way to go. He then followed up with another wicket of Suresh Raina who was sent back to the pavilion for a duck.
Sachin Tendulkar is 10 unbeaten, with nightwatchman Zaheer Khan as India are still 160 runs behind the Aussie total with 1 day to go.
Zaheer Khan had earlier wrapped up the Australian tail with some superb reverse swing bowling as Aussie batting collapsed to 192 allout in the final session of play on Day 4 in Mohali.
Zaheer Khan dismissed Mitchell Johnson who was caught in two minds, whether to play a wide ball by Khan but in the end just manage to nick it to the wicketkeeper behind.
Then he clean bowled Nathan Hauritz who was playing for the inswing but the ball straightened after pitching. Then he followed it up with the final Australian wicket of Ben Hilfenhaus who was comprehensively bowled with a sharp inswinging yorker.
The fast bowler ended with three wickets in the innings and a match total of eight wickets to dismiss Australia for a cheap score. Australia have an overall lead of 215 runs.
The Indian spinners had also made some major contributions post lunch session to help Australia bowl out for a cheap score.
The spinners had got three scalps in the mid session of play to reduce Australia to 165/6 as play stopped for Tea. Pragyan Ohja got the important scalp of Simon Katich(37), a smart catch by Dhoni behind the wicket. While, Harbhajan Singh followed it up with two wickets. First he got rid off Mike Hussey then followed it up with the wicket of Marcus North.
Right at the start after Tea stoppage, Ohja got another scalp as he removed first innings half centurion Tim Paine. A sharp catch by substitute CA Pujara at silly point fetched another scalp for Ohja.
Earlier in the first session of play, Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma got three quick scalps to bring India back in the hunt for the first Test match, after the Aussie openers got the tourists off to a solid start.
Sharma was handed a new spell as the spinners were unable to find the opening breakthrough. Dhoni's call on giving the ball to Ishant worked as he dismissed Watson in the very first delivery of his new spell. Watson(56 off 59)) was looking for a big shot on the leg side but just managed to drag the fast bowler onto his stumps.
Then Ponting(4) marked his entry with a boundary off the very first ball of Ishant but the latter had the last laugh as he removed him three balls later.
Michael Clarke(4) was the next man to be dismissed, tested with a short one by Ishant, Clarke just managed to glove the ball to Dhoni.
Australian openers Shane Watson and Simon Katich had helped Australia off to a decent start in the second innings in the first session of play on fourth days's play. The duo had put together 87 runs for the first wicket.
First innings centurion Watson had done the most of the scoring while Katich had played a good support at the other end ensuring that the Aussies didn't lose early wicket. Watson had looked very positive and had registered his half century off just 51 deliveries.
India vs Australia, 1st Test - Mohali - Scorecard
Yesterday, the Indians were allout for 405. Sachin Tendulkar was the top scorer for the Indians(98), he fell just two runs short of yet another century.
For the Australians, Mitchell Johnson was the pick of the bowlers and he ended up with a five-wicket haul.