2014-15 Commonwealth Bank Series | 3rd Test
Australia v India
From the Melbourne Cricket Ground
STUMPS – DAY 4
Australia lead the series 2-0
Australia won the toss, elected to bat first.
Australia 530 (142.3) & 7/261 (75)
India 465 (128.5)
Shaun Marsh 62* (131) | Ryan Harris 8* (27)
Australia leads by 326 runs
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Hello everyone. Welcome to the Melbourne Cricket Ground, after the fourth day of the Boxing Day Test Match between Australia and India, and what a contest we have on our hands here.
96 overs remain in the game, and all three results are possible… 2 favour Australia, the other is the only one India can achieve without losing the Border-Gavaskar trophy in Melbourne.
If Australia win or draw this Test Match, they win the series, and regain the trophy, which they lost in humiliating fashion in March of 2013.
India need a win tomorrow to keep their slim chances of levelling the series, and therefore retaining the trophy alive after having lost the first two tests.
They won’t have an easy task, as Australia will start the day with a 326 run lead, and they’ll resume their innings with intention to build on it.
It took Mitchell Johnson just 9 balls this morning to get the final wickets of the Indians first innings, while Ryan Harris had one over, where he was unable to improve on his overnight figures.
Yadav | c Haddin, b Johnson | 0 (2) | FOW 9/462 (126.4)
Shami | c Smith, b Johnson | 12 (30) | FOW 10/465 (128.5)
So, Johnson finished with 3/135 after having 0/135 with one over to play last night… nice fightback from the star of the Ashes summer 12 months ago.
David Warner and Chris Rogers made their way to the centre, with the Aussies in front by 65, and as he usually does, David Warner got them off to a rocket of a start, but it ended prematurely when he was dismissed for 40 off 42 balls.
Australia went to lunch at 1/90, but they remained off the field for over 2 hours, as rain hit the MCG, and we wouldn’t resume until 2:35pm AEDST, which would mean a late finish for all.
Shane Watson has struggled all series… today was no exception, and he made just 17.
For the first time this summer, Steven Smith failed to make a start… he guided one straight into the arms of the waiting fielder at leg-slip.
Chris Rogers was the next to go, when he fell for 69, which is his best score of the series.
With the fall of Rogers, Joe Burns joined Shaun Marsh, but that was short-lived, when Burns was dismissed for 9, and all of a sudden, there were thoughts that India could bowl Australia out before the close of play.
Brad Haddin was dismissed for just 13, and Mitchell Johnson only contributed 15, leaving Harris and Shaun Marsh to guide Australia to stumps at 7pm… which they did successfully.
Marsh ended the day on 62 from 131 balls, and Ryan Harris ended on 8.
Warner | LBW, b Ashwin | 40 (42) | FOW 1/57 (14.2)
Watson | c Dhoni, b Sharma | 17 (34) | FOW 2/98 (24.1)
Smith | c Rahane, b Yadav | 14 (27) | FOW 3/131 (33.3)
Rogers | b Ashwin | 69 (123) | 4/164 (40.3)
Burns | c Dhoni, b Sharma | 9 (17) | FOW 5/176 (45.3)
Haddin | c Dhoni, b Yadav | 13 (27) | FOW 6/202 (55.2)
Johnson | c Rahane, b Shami | 15 (27) | 7/234 (67.1)
Marsh | 62* (131)
Harris | 8* (27)
They’ll return to the wicket at 10am tomorrow morning, but for how long… we don’t know, as we’re unsure if or when Steve Smith will declare… remembering, of course, that they only need a draw to claim the series, but remembering also that the job is half done, and they’ll have 4-0 in their sights.
The lead is 326… Australia have the upper-hand… for the moment, at least!
We hope you’ll join us then. We have 96 overs ahead of us, and all 3 results are possible, but whatever Steve Smith sets India for victory… rest assured we’ll have a contest, and a show on our hands, as they need victory to stay in the series.
Hope you’ll join us tomorrow. Goodnight!