February 25, 2013
First Test, Chennai
Day 4: Australia 380 & 232-9 v India 572
India are on the brink of victory in the first Test match against Australia after another difficult day for the tourists on a turning track in Chennai.
Australia closed day four just 40 runs ahead of India with only one second innings wicket in hand. It could have been even worse for Michael Clarke’s team had it not been for some stubborn resistance from debutant Moises Henriques, who remains at the crease 75 not out. It was Henriques second fifty of the match, but it looks as though the man from Sydney will finish on the losing side.
MS Dhoni had put his side in charge of this match with an outstanding double century in India’s first innings. The wicket-keeper made 224 from just 265 balls helping India to 572 giving the home side a 192 run first innings lead. His innings included 6 sixes as he dominated Australia’s inexperienced bowling line up.
Australia began their second innings half way through the morning session on day four, knowing it was going to be tough to survive against an India side containing three slow bowlers on a surface that was beginning to break up.
Australia finished the day on 232-9 with R.Ashwin claiming 5-90 from 28 overs. There was also two wickets a piece for Harbhajan Singh and Ravi Jadeja. In the 84 overs bowled in Australia’s second innings, only three have been sent down by Ishant Sharma, India’s only seamer.
Unless something extraordinary happens tomorrow morning, India will cruise to victory in this first Test match. This was always going to be a tough assignment for the Australian team, but it has been made even harder with the recent retirements of Ricky Ponting and even more surprisingly Michael Hussey.
The Scoop 25/02/13