1st Test: Australia lose Finch before tea (Lead)

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Adelaide : Australia posted 28/1 in their second innings at tea on the fourth day of the first cricket Test against India here on Sunday.

Marcus Harris was batting on 14 at the break.

His fellow opener Aaron Finch was dismissed on 11 by Ravichandran Ashwin just before tea.

Earlier, India were dismissed for 307 runs in their second it, which gave them a formidable lead of 322.

Nathan Lyon was the pick of the Australian bowlers with figures of 6/122.

Cheteshwar Pujara was the top scorer for in with 71 while Ajinkya Rahane got 70.

Earlier, the Indians posted 260/5 at lunch to take a lead of 275 runs.

At the break, the in-form Rahane was batting on 57 while Rishabh Pant was on 10 at the other end.

The Indians were given a strong start to the day by an 87-run partnership by Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara.

Resuming at the overnight score of 151/3, Pujara and Rahane frustrated the Australian bowlers with their patience and almost flawless technique.

The Australian bowlers seemed to be somewhat tired and their fast ones were struggling for pace.

The line and length were also all over the place on several occasions which added quite a few extra runs to the Indian total.

The visitors suffered a setback a short while before lunch when Pujara and Rohit Sharma were dismissed by off-spinner Nathan Lyon in quick succession.

Pujara, who faced 204 balls for his 71 runs, eventually conceded a soft dismissal when he tried to fend off a Lyon delivery with his pad.

But the ball nicked his gloves after hitting the pad before offering an easy catch to Aaron Finch at forward short leg.

Rohit lasted for only six balls and scored only one run before falling prey to an excellent catch by Peter Handscomb at silly point.

Rahane however, continued to bat on steadily and brought up his half-century in style with a boundary off pacer Josh Hazlewood.

Pant showed a tendency to take extra risks, but did enough to ensure that the visitors went into the break without losing another wicket.

The visitors lost wickets at regular intervals after lunch.

Pant was the first to go. The wicketkeeper-batsman was playing his shots as if he was at a Twenty20 contest.

He smashed Lyon for 18 runs in one over when he hit three boundaries and a six off consecutive deliveries.

But the Australian off-spinner had his revenge in the very next over when Pant went after a slightly wide delivery only to see the ball loop up for an easy catch on the off-side.

The Indian tailenders could not do much.

When Rahane fell while attempting to reverse sweep a Lyon delivery, the Indian innings was as good as over.

Brief scores:

India: 250 and 307 (Ajinkya Rahane 70, Cheteshwar Pujara 71; Nathan Lyon 6/122) vs Australia 235 and 28/1 (Marcus Harris 14 batting).

Published : Sunday, December 09, 2018 12:30 [IST]
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