India 280 more runs needed to beat 296 and 164 for 3 wickets (Kohli 44*, Rohit 43) Australia 469 and 270 till 8 December (Carey 66, Labuschagne 41, Starc 41, Jadeja 3-58, Shami 2-39, Umesh 2-54)
However, India were probably still feeling a bit of trouble at stumps, although by then they had probably lost one more wicket than they expected, two of which were due to aggressive shots. Rohit Sharma was out LBW to Nathan Lyon, missing a sweep down the stump-to-stump line, and Cheteshwar Pujara attempted to ramp up a Pat Cummins bouncer over the slips.
However, both batsmen would argue that these are shots they generally play well. They would also argue that the same positivity helped them build a partnership of 51 runs in 77 balls for the second wicket. However, with two wickets falling in the space of five balls the score became 92 for 1 and the score became 93 for 3.
As they safely negotiated the last over of the day, the largely pro-India crowd was in good spirits, with a section of them shouting this number from the 1975 blockbuster cinder,We will not break this friendship (We will never break this friendship).” Australia would like to break it as quickly as possible as the fifth day begins.
“Cheating! Cheating! Cheating!” The chants continued to follow Green for the rest of the evening, especially when he bowled. A World Test Championship that was brimming with quality cricket was now missing one ingredient: controversy and needles.
During the first session of the day, Green had made a distinct impact on the crowd, keeping them calm as he added 18 runs to his overnight score of 7 runs from 87 balls. His dismissal was in keeping with his style of innings: he attempted to pad Ravindra Jadeja’s ball over the wicket, but the ball hit his pads and rolled onto the wicket.
By then, Australia had added 44 runs to their overnight score of 123 for the loss of two wickets in 19 overs – with second batsman Marnus Labuschagne dismissing Umesh Yadav at first slip. India bowled with discipline, bowling well enough from the surface to keep the batsmen alert; Australia’s lead is just 340 and they will hope to end their innings before reaching 400.
Mohammed Shami, who had at times bowled frugally and without reward in his previous spell, took a beating with the bat when India took the second new ball and dismissed Starc and Pat Cummins when they tried to score fast runs. Was doing. Australia declared the innings as soon as Cummins was out, giving India a never-before-achieved target of 444 runs to win.
Karthik Krishnaswamy is assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo