Test Cricket: 2018-19 Domain Test Series: 1st Test between Australia v India at Adelaide Oval, Day 4 Review

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Cheteshwar Pujara & Ajinkya Rahane resumed work after Day 3 when India was 3-161.

Initially, their stand remained positive having seen Pujara clinch back to back Test 50s.

It took a while for Australia to try and break this partnership through the poor deliveries from their fast bowlers.

But it’s the spin king of Nathan Lyon that provided the breakthrough.

Only one wicket from yesterday, Lyon first captured Pujara who couldn’t back up back to back hundreds on 71.

Although Rahane again stayed on & rack up his 50, Lyon did finish Rohit Sharma’s innings on one just before lunch.

After a 40 minute break, Rishabh Pant came in and glanced a couple of boundaries.

Afternoon Session, India resume on 5-260

Pant, who keeps wicket typically, has an eye for hard-hitting runs a la Adam Gilchrist.

However, Pant’s quickfire spell ended on 24 when he went deep for the cover shot up high straight to Aaron Finch.

When Lyon took his third wicket, Starc too, at last, found his magic with the short ball play.

It encouraged to make Ravi Ashwin play having flicked the pull to Marcus Harris’s hands on 5.

At the same time, Starc became the 18th bowler to take 100 wickets in Australia.

Not long later, Lyon went on to demolish India’s tail order to finish off nine wickets overall in the 1st test:

  • 6fer in the 3rd innings
  • Two scalps from the 1st innings

India all out on 307 as Australia chase 323 runs or India need ten wickets to win.

Australia’s 2nd Innings Play

Aaron Finch may have got out very early through a fantastic ball from Ishant Sharma.

Fortunately, Finch took advantage of the review where I. Sharma overstepped the line, signaling a no ball.

However, this time Ravi Ashwin took some turn pitching outside where it hit Finch’s thigh pad.

The Umpire, Nigel Llong gave the signal as Finch immediately walked off on 11 without raising his hand for a review.

If so, the ball may have pitched a bit too high above the stumps as Finch would’ve been lucky the second time.

Evening Session, Australia resume on 1-28.

After the 20-minute tea break, Australia’s batting woes continued to suffer.

Marcus Harris may have delivered some runs on the board on 25 with three fours.

But his placement needs some fixing.

M. Harris bent his knees when he wants to let his bat play his shot.

Unfortunately, he didn’t let the ball come to him and instead cuts straight to Rishabh Pant.

No full face of the bat and only clipping the edge which does delight the short ball play from Mohammed Shami.

Not long later, Usman Khawaja forced to follow Finch and Harris out of the door on eight.

Khawaja hesitated thought it’s a T20 or One-Day game trying to loft down the ground from Ravi Ashwin.

Though, he jumped straight at it too early either no full presentation of the bat or following through his eyes correctly.

Peter Handscomb tried to stay patient with Shaun Marsh on 14 himself.

Unfortunately, he hooked it too hard by taking the short ball from Mohammed Shami.

Handscomb doesn’t know where the ball is heading when hitting it early which produced little power.

Plus when he finished swiveling his bat, it blocks some of his hand-eye coordination which is a no-no.

Although, Travis Head and Shaun Marsh remained patient in the middle and guided Australia past 100 at the end of Day 4.

Stumps Day 4: Australia 4-104

Australia needs 218 more runs or India get six wickets to win the 1st Test at Adelaide Oval.

Overall, poor shot selection, hesitation, and exhausation both batting and bowling have put Australia well behind India.

Though, let’s not lose faith.

Australia had a tough few months and slowly rebuilding the rise up from where it ruined in Cape Town, South Africa.

If Travis Head & Shaun Marsh remained not out for a long time heading into Day 5 tomorrow, then it would mean a first test win under Head Coach Justin Langer.

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