IN­DIA ON VERGE

Hosts need just 87 more runs as Aus­tralia col­lapse

New Straits Times - - Sport -

DHARAMSALA

IN­DIA were on the verge of a series vic­tory yes­ter­day af­ter Aus­tralia col­lapsed to 137 all out in their sec­ond in­nings and at the close In­dia needed just 87 to win with 10 wick­ets to spare.

Ravichan­dran Ash­win and Ravin­dra Jadeja (3-24) shared six wick­ets as Aus­tralian wick­ets tum­bled on a fizzing wicket in their sec­ond in­nings on day three of the fourth Test. Umesh Ya­dav also took 3-29 as In­dia were left with a 106-run target.

At stumps, In­dia were 19-0, need­ing an­other 87 runs to win the Test and the BorderGavaskar Tro­phy. Lokesh Rahul was un­beaten on 13, while Mu­rali Vi­jay was six not out.

Aus­tralia lost five wick­ets on ei­ther side of tea. Af­ter tea, Glenn Maxwell (45) was the first to go, as Ash­win trapped him lbw.

Mathew Wade (25 not out) and Pat Cum­mins (12) then added 15 runs for the sev­enth wicket, be­fore Jadeja had Cum­mins caught at slip.

Jadeja then had Steve O’Keefe (0) caught at short leg. When Nathan Lyon (0) edged Umesh Ya­dav to sec­ond slip, Aus­tralia had lost three wick­ets for one run in the space of 18 balls.

There was drama be­fore the last wicket fell. Mu­rali Vi­jay claimed a catch at slip off Ash­win

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