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Day 4: Australia close in on 4-0 victory

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Published: Friday, January 27, 2012, 8:26 [IST]
 
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India on the brink of another whitewash

Adelaide, Jan 27: India stare at another defeat as they are reeling at 166/6 after losing 6 wickets in the last two sessions on Day 4 of the final Test at Adelaide on Friday. With 4 wickets in hand, India need 334 runs to win. 

[Scorecard: Fourth Test; India Vs Australia, Adelaide]

Resuming play after Tea, India lost four wickets as Rahul Dravid (25) was the first one to make his way back to the pavillion having been dismissed by Harris in the 5th over after Tea while Tendulkar (13) followed suit in the 8th over after being dismissed by Lyon.

Though it was good to see Dravid bat for a while in the fourth Test, it was disappointing to see another dismal show as he got a start and could not capitalize on that start after being dismissed by Harris for 25.

After reaching out to a wide delivery off Harris, he got a thick edge following a poor stroke, which went straight to gully as it landed in Hussey's hands.

Three overs later, Tendulkar was dismissed for 13 after he got into a shell, as he pushed forward to defend, as it hit the pads, followed by a simple to Cowan. Another silly dismissal, India in deep trouble as VVS Laxman and Virat Kohli are the only batsmen to rely on.

VVS Laxman's knock (35) in the second innings was arguably the second best in the series after a half century at Sydney. Laxman hit a short delivery off Lyon straight to short mid-wicket which went through Shaun Marsh.

After Laxman's dismissal, Ishant was sent in to bat, as cover for Wriddhiman Saha as it was towards the end of Day 4. But Ishant could not save Wriddhiman Saha coming into bat on Day 4 as Virat Kohli (22), in order to keep the night-watchman (Ishant) off strike, ran himself out as he drove the ball towards mid-wicket, while Hilfenhaus threw the ball on to the stumps to dismiss Virat Kohli, the last recognised batsman in the Indian line-up as the visitors were struggling at 166/6.

Nathan Lyon, being the pick of the bowlers for Australia claimed 3 Indian wickets on Day 4 as the hosts are on the brink of a whitewash after winning the first three matches in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.

Tea Report: India's Virender Sehwag (62) was dismissed after scoring his 32nd Test fifty as India were in trouble as they reached 92/2 at tea after losing both the openers early in the innings on Day 4 of the final Test against Australia on Friday. Rahul Dravid (19*) and Sachin Tendulkar (7*) are at the crease. With 8 wickets in hand, India need 408 more to win the Test.

Stand-in skipper Virender Sehwag's quick fire fifty came in just 36 balls as India raced to 80/1 before being dismissed by Lyon for a magnificent 62. Dancing down to a flighted full toss, tried to lift got a big leading edge which went straight to short cover as it landed in Ponting's safe hands while Lyon could just not believe his luck as he managed to get the wicket of the dashing opener.

Sehwag(62)-Dravid (16*) added 66 runs for the second wicket, the highest so far for India in the second innings of this Test match.

Sehwag's knock included 12 boundaries while Dravid, has scored 2 boundaries and is looking good which is refreshing for India.

India lose Gambhir early as openers failed for the eighth time in the series, managing just 14 runs for the opening stand on Day 4.

Gautam Gambhir (3) gets an outside edge, as Haddin grabs it easily as India lose their first wicket. An excellent delivery from Harris that pitched just around the off-stump while the wicket-keeper just had to move towards his left to dismiss the Delhi opener.

Earlier Report: Ricky Ponting's half century helps Australia score 167/5 during the post lunch session on Day 4 of the fourth and final Test on Friday. Declaration came 3 overs after lunch as they added 13 runs quickly to set a target of 500 for India to win the Adelaide Test.

Also Read: Day 3 report

Resuming play on Day 4, Aussies added 117 runs to their over-night score of 50/3 losing Hussey (15) and Clarke (37) in the first session of play.

Aussie skipper was dismissed by young Yadav, while he tried to drive a nippy-length delivery as it went into Saha's gloves. Clarke (37) was beaten for pace as he slashed it at the end, while replays showed that, there was nothing on the bat, skipper wasn't too pleased either, but there was a sound, a tough decision though, finally a relief to India as Aussies lost their fourth wicket.

Michael Hussey (15) was trapped leg before the wicket off Ishant Sharma, as it was a pretty tough decision for umpire Dharmasena as the ball hit the knee roll and replays showed that it would have just clipped the top of off-stump.

On the whole, India have played comparitively well, though both the wickets that India got were tough decisions, just went in India's favor, giving some hope for the visitors.

Interestingly, statistics reveal that, the highest number of overs played in the fourth innings in Adelaide is 120, which ended in a draw. Australia hold the record for the same against West Indies since 1961, which were eight-ball overs.

With the highest successful chase being 361/6 by Australia against England in 1902, this one, though is not going to be a successful chase for India, but if they chase it, it will be the highest at Adelaide. While the highest fourth innings total to draw a game has been 339/9 again by Australia against Windies in 1969. India's highest fourth innings score at Adelaide has been 445 against Aussies in 1978. Though Indians played very well in the fourth innings, they lost it by 47 runs.

Aussies having set a target of 500, they get ample time to get the remaining 10 Indian wickets to claim a series whitewash while India look forward to play a face-saving innings as the conditions look good for batting.

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