#IndiaInAustralia: Three key moments of day four of first Test
The Indian cricket team are on top at stumps on Day 4 of the ongoing first Test against Australia in Adelaide. India lost seven wickets for 73 runs in their second innings to be bowled out for 307. The visitors set a target of 323 for Australia, who are 104/4 at the moment. Here are the key things that defined today's play.
Pujara, Rahane stand firm, Lyon impresses with 6 wickets
Cheteshwar Pujara scored 71 in the 2nd innings and added 87 runs with Ajinkya Rahane (70) for India. That came after a defining 71-run stand for the third wicket with Virat Kohli (34). Nathan Lyon picked ripped apart India with 6 wickets.
Spinners on a different level in Adelaide
Spinners have done well in Adelaide in this Test match. Lyon, who had asked many questions to the Indian batsmen on Day 3, was the chief architect today. He picked 6/122 to enforce a collapse for India. And then R Ashwin grew in confidence. He read the situation well and his simplicity saw him pick two wickets in Australia's second innings.
India's senior personnel anchor the middle order
Pujara has been India's best player in this Test. After a stellar 123-run knock, Pujara's 71 off 204 balls in the second innings helped India breathe. He added 31 runs today, but managed to carry his presence for the side. Also credit to senior batsman Ajinkya Rahane for taking the charge and carrying on with the responsibility. The two wise batsmen did the job.
Aussie batsmen throw their wickets
Australian batsmen had to show their character in the chase of 323 runs and that did not happen. Marcus Harris and Peter Handscomb promised to define themselves, but fell to loose shots. Usman Khawaja's shot was the most atrocious one of the day. These three wickets hurt the hosts badly. Harris in particular was looking positive, but he pushed on the pedal too hard.