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Twitter Reactions: India only six wickets away from their first win in Adelaide after 15 years

The play began with the game slightly in India's favour ended with the visitors tightening their grip.

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Indian team. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

The fourth day of the ongoing first Test began with India slightly ahead and has ended with the visitors strengthening their grip. With the lead of 166 runs, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane resumed and batted brilliantly to build a sensational partnership. The duo denied any wicket to the hosts in the first couple of hours and shattered their hopes of inflicting a collapse early on the fourth morning.

Pujara was once again impeccable with his defensive skills and continued from where he left off overnight. He scored yet another half-century and Rahane grew in confidence with every passing delivery. He was tentative after coming out to bat the other day but started the morning on a positive note by straight-driving Mitchell Starc. Both of them played the patient game once again before Nathan Lyon nipped out Pujara for 71 runs.

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Rohit Sharma once again failed as he was also snaffled by Lyon who was bowling a dream spell. Then arrived Rishabh Pant and his ‘IPL style’ batting in the whites continued. The wonder kid stepped out off the very first ball to eke out a couple of runs. He launched the counter-attack on Lyon in the first over after lunch and smashed him for 18 quick runs.

His assault took India past the 300-run mark and then came India’s famous collapse. The lower-order committed a harakiri possibly thinking that they had enough on the board and from being 303/6, were all-out for 307 runs with a lead of 322 runs. Many felt that the score was at least 50 runs short to feel comfortable. But that wasn’t to be the case.

Australia lose four wickets

Australia felt pressure from the word go. Aaron Finch was trapped in front of the stumps by Ishant Sharma in the first over again only to be ruled no-ball on the review. Marcus Harris and Finch then batted carefully to deny the new-ball bowlers any wicket which prompted Virat Kohli to bring Ravi Ashwin into the attack. The move worked wonders straightaway as he plucked Finch who surprisingly didn’t review.

The ball pitched in the rough rapped his pads and the ball lobbed in the air to settle in Pant’s hands. But the replays showed that there was no edge and many were left baffled with the batsman not reviewing. The sustained pressure led to Usman Khawaja stepping out unnecessarily to hole out in the deep. Meanwhile, the second innings specialist, Mohammed Shami, induced an edge of Harris’ bat and then Peter Handscomb threw his wicket away off the same bowler.

At 84/4, it was all India but then Travis Head entered to bring sense to the proceedings and along with the set Shaun Marsh made sure that there were no more hiccups. Australia ended the day on 104/4 needing 219 more runs for an unlikely victory as India will be confident of cleaning them up on the final day of the Test.

Here’s how Twitter reacted during the course of the day:

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