Adelaide: David Warner scored second century of the match as Australia reached 290 for 5 to hold a 363-run lead over India at stump on the fourth day of the opening Test in Adelaide on Friday.
The tourists, after conceding a 73-run first-innings lead largely because of offspinner Nathan Lyon's 5/134, needed to bowl well but the bowlers' ineffectiveness set them several steps back in the match.
Warner followed up his 145 with 102 off 166 balls in the second innings - amazingly the second time this year that he achieved the feat, following his twin hundreds against South Africa in March.
Twice he had fortune smiling on him, however. Had Varun Aaron not bowled a front-foot no-ball, Warner's innings could have been ended when, on 66, he played across and a missed a straight delivery. Then on 89, Murali Vijay dropped him at gully off Mohammed Shami, a lapse that would have given India wickets off consecutive deliveries after Aaron had Michael Clarke caught behind off the last ball of his previous over.
By the time Warner was bowled by Karn Sharma while attempting a reverse sweep, Australia had taken complete control of the game. Mitchell Marsh's 26-ball 40, during which he smacked 24 runs off one Karn over, and Steven Smith (52 not out) made it an even more miserable outing for India.
Earlier in the morning session, India's lower order failed complement the efforts of the top half which on Thursday helped the team finish day three on 369/5 in reply to Australia's 517/7d. Sadly, it fell short as India were bowled out for 444, conceding a 73-run lead after offspinner Nathan Lyon picked up his sixth five-wicket haul.
Rohit Sharma and Wriddhiman Saha, the overnight batsmen, fought for a while to take the team to 399/5 before things just fell apart.
Lyon, after troubling India's more accomplished Test batsmen on Thursday by using the rough outside offstump to good effect, bowled a slightly full delivery which Rohit, stepping out of the crease, tried to push towards mid-on except it ball stopped on him a bit and the consequence was a return catch for a diving Lyon. That was the opening the Aussies were seeking, and from here India's remaining wickets fell for just 45 runs.
Lyon, removed Saha and Ishant Sharma in the same over to claim five wickets. Peter Siddle, another bowler feeling the heat, helped overcome a drop catch off Mohammed Shami at deep midwicket of Lyon by claiming the wickets of Karn and the man he reprieved, but not before Shami swung some big shots in his 24-ball 34.
Australia - 517/7d (Smith 162*, Warner 145, Clarke 128) and 290/5 (Warner 102, Smith 52*)
India - 444 (Kohli 115, Pujara 73, Rahane 62, Vijay 53, Lyon 5-134)
Status - Australia lead by 363 runs