India v Australia: fourth Test, day three


Rahane was troubled by the bounce even though the pitch remained good to bat on.

The off-spinner broke a barren patch after his eight-wicket haul on day one in Bengaluru.

"There is a bit of a grass, but there are cracks and craters".

Lyon looked like being the hero of Bangalore when he routed India with career-best figures of 8-50, only for Australia to slump to defeat in the second Test. There was an inexplicable hurry to subdue the Australian attack with a flurry of shots that did not befit the occasion. India survived the final over without loss.

While the Australian team remains unchanged, India have also replaced Ishant Sharma with Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

NATHAN Lyon single-handedly turned the Dharamsala decider on its head to send one of the most epic series in Test history down to the wire.

Their fightback after a horror first session was up there with their stirring revival on day two in Bangalore. Kuldeep is satisfied that his execution against Glenn Maxwell and Peter Handscomb went as per plan. "I showed him the wrong'un first, and then bowled him with the chinaman", Kuldeep said after the match.

Smith could not have done more to set the innings up for Australia, the only problem was they needed him not just to lay the foundations but to complete it roof and all.

KL Rahul said India must "stand up and be counted" in the absence of Virat Kohli as they fight it out for a Test series victory over Australia in Dharamsala.

Though they may have exceeded expectations, Lyon and Australia are not resting on their laurels with the series still up for grabs, though the off-spinner is not losing sight of what has already been achieved.

This was Australia touring India, but it was a lot like India touring Australia. I served him an ultimatum: bowl spin or leave the academy.

Soon after reaching fifty, he inflicted more agony on Steve Smith & Co, pulling pacer Pat Cummins for a boundary and a six of successive deliveries, before being dismissed in the next over. But Hazlewood kept probing the "corridor of uncertainty" relentlessly and followed it up with some stares at Vijay and finally succeeded in inducing an edge from the bat off a good length delivery that deviated enough to take the edge for Matthew Wade to take the catch. India still with four up their sleeve and just three away from Australia's total of 300.

Two balls later, and the sword celebration came out as Jadeja complete his second consecutive half-century, this one a whole lot more impressive than the one in Ranchi.

However Ajinkya Rahane (46) and Ravi Ashwin were able to stem the flow of wickets adding 49 before Lyon struck again to remove the former courtesy of a brilliant catch by Steve Smith.

"Certainly, at this stage, the injury has an element of being aggravated in the field", Kohli's answer was a giveaway as to how he is feeling physically at this point in time. He threw underarm during fielding drills.