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.
Published - Dec 9, 2018 1:21 pm | Updated - Dec 9, 2018 1:21 pm
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.
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:
India looking set to win a first test match of a series in Australia for the first time ever. 6 more to go #AusvInd
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) December 9, 2018
Quite impressed the way Pujara has played in these both innings. Really enjoyed his batting. And, India is in good position at the moment. I hope we carry this from here and win the Adelaide Test. #AusvInd pic.twitter.com/OncmRLn962
— R P Singh (@rpsingh) December 9, 2018
— Rahul Sharma (@ImRahulSharma3) December 9, 2018
Thick crease eh…..
— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) December 9, 2018
Chasing 323 would be a tough ask but feel Indians missed out on an opportunity to bat Australia out of the game #AUSvIND
— Deep Dasgupta (@DeepDasgupta7) December 9, 2018
Firmly India’s day today and all looks set for a memorable India win. Rahane batted beautifully today and the bowlers were excellent to not allow Australia to score freely and pick up 4 wickets #AusvInd
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) December 9, 2018
— Monica (@monicas004) December 9, 2018
Highest difference between home & away batting average:
60.51 Rohit Sharma
43.29 Douglas Jardine
42.45 Bob Cowper
36.56 Adam Voges
33.86 Hemu Adhikari
33.60 Vijay Hazare
** Min 10 innings each home & away#AUSvIND
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) December 9, 2018
— Fox Sports Lab (@FoxSportsLab) December 9, 2018
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) December 9, 2018
— 7 Cricket (@7Cricket) December 9, 2018
Cheteshwar Pujara has now faced 385 deliveries in this Test, The last time an Indian faced this many deliveries in a Test in Australia was when Sachin Tendulkar faced 524 at Sydney in 2004. #AUSvIND
— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) December 8, 2018
Another enthralling day of cricket in Adelaide was dominated by the spinners. In my day four notes I analyse how Lyon finally snared a masterful Pujara & how Ashwin's slower speeds continue to bring him success.
— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) December 9, 2018
Loose strokes by Harris and Khwaja and Finch losing presence of mind notwithstanding, Australia have shown some grit and gumption too. But India firmly on top. Super spell by Shami, Ishant and Bumrah choking the runs and no respite from Ashwin
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) December 9, 2018
Get the latest Cricket News and updates from Australia vs India series, Match Predictions, Fantasy Cricket Tips and lots more on CricTracker.com.