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IND vs Aus 1st Test Day 4: Defeat Hangs Over India After Warner’s Second Ton

By on December 12, 2014

Australia 7 for 517 dec and 5 for 290 (Warner 102, Smith 52*) lead India 444 (Kohli 115, Lyon 5-134) by 363 runs…

David Warner is turning out to be India’s nemesis.

India’s travails at the Adelaide Oval went up several notches after David Warner’s second century of the Test put Australia in the ascendancy at 290/5 by stumps on day four, an overall lead of 363.

The tourists, after conceding a 73-run first-innings lead largely because of offspinner Nathan Lyon’s 5/134, needed to bowl well but the bowlers’ ineffectiveness set them several steps back in the match.

IND vs Aus 1st Test Day 4: David WarnerTaking advantage of the erratic bowling, Warner followed up his 145 with 102 off 166 balls in the second innings – amazingly the second time this year that he achieved the feat, following his twin hundreds against South Africa in March. Twice he had fortune smiling on him, however.

Had Varun Aaron not bowled a front-foot no-ball, Warner’s innings could have been ended when, on 66, he played across and a missed a straight delivery.

Then on 89, Murali Vijay dropped him at gully off Mohammed Shami, a lapse that would have given India wickets off consecutive deliveries after Aaron had Michael Clarke caught behind off the last ball of his previous over.

By the time Warner was bowled by Karn Sharma while attempting a reverse sweep, Australia had taken complete control of the game. Mitchell Marsh’s 26-ball 40, during which he smacked 24 runs off one Karn over, and Steven Smith (52 not out) made it an even more miserable outing for India.

Virat Kohli had another disappointing day as captain, making some poor decisions and allowing his player – and himself, once – to get carried away in two ugly altercations.

After Australia lost Chris Rogers to Karn early in the second session, one would have expected Kohli to go on with the rookie legpinner but he chose to take him off and continued with part-time offspinner Vijay who mostly bowled long-hops which were duly punished by Warner. The more Vijay tried to hit the roughs on the pitch, the more he strayed off them.

The very fact that Aaron got to bowl after 31 overs spoke a great deal about Kohli’s lack of confidence in him and that also highlighted India’s woes in the bowling department. In a way Kohli was right in his estimation of the wayward Aaron when one reflected that Warner’s innings could have been shortened if not for that no-ball.

Before the umpire could refer to the third umpire to check the no-ball, Aaron had already given an aggressive send-off to Warner but once it turned out that it wasn’t a legal delivery, the left-hander gave it back to the bowler in equal proportions.

Shane Watson and Shikhar Dhawan also embroiled in the confrontation and the umpires had to intervene. The second occasion came late in the final session when Rohit Sharma and Smith got involved in what seemed out-and-out unnecessary.

Earlier in the morning session, India’s lower order failed complement the efforts of the top half which on Thursday helped the team finish day three on 369/5 in reply to Australia’s 517/7d. Sadly, it fell short as India were bowled out for 444 after Lyon picked up his sixth five-wicket haul.

Rohit and Wriddhiman Saha, the overnight batsmen, fought for a while to take the team to 399/5 before things just fell apart. Lyon, after troubling India’s more accomplished Test batsmen on Thursday by using the rough outside offstump to good effect, bowled a slightly full delivery which Rohit, stepping out of the crease, tried to push towards mid-on except it ball stopped on him a bit and the consequence was a return catch for a diving Lyon. That was the opening the Aussies were seeking, and from here India’s remaining wickets fell for just 45 runs.

Lyon, who appears to give rise to the debate whether he should be played every time Australia go into a Test owing to his inconsistency, removed Saha and Ishant Sharma in the same over to claim five wickets.

Peter Siddle, another bowler feeling the heat, helped overcome a drop catch off Shami at deep midwicket of Lyon by claiming the wickets of Karn and the man he reprieved, but not before Shami swung some big shots in his 24-ball 34. After such a disastrous day, can India pull off a draw on Saturday?

Source: gocricket

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