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27-Mar-2017 11:46:00 GMT
India v Australia, 4th Test, Dharamsala, day 3

India 87 away from reclaim Border-Gavaskar Trophy

Dharamsala: Chasing 106 to complete a 2-1 series victory, India scored 19/0 and needed another 87 runs to win the final Test and the four-match series against Australia at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) stadium here on Monday, the third day of the ongoing encounter.

Openers Murali Vijay (6) and Lokesh Rahul (13) were at the crease when the day's play was called off.

Earlier, India bundled out Australia for 137 runs in their second innings to set a 106-run target for clinching the final cricket Test match.

The Indian bowlers rampaged through the Australian batting lineup with pacer Umesh Yadav and the spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja scalpng three wickets each -- medium-pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar took one wicket.

Glenn Maxwell (45 runs off 60 balls) was the highest scorer for the visitors.

Australia, resuming the post-tea session at 92/5, never looked comfortable on the turning track here.Maxwell, who seemed good at the crease, also departed soon falling to Ashwin in the 33rd over.

Apart from Maxwell, no other batsmen stood up to the occasion and there was a seemingly unending procession back to the pavilion.

The last three batsmen -- Steve O' Keefe, Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood -- returned to the pavilion without scoring.

Earlier, in first session, Jadeja made 63 and featured in a 96-run partnership with wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha after India resumed 52 runs adrift and with four wickets in hand.

Jadeja was hit on the helmet after deflecting a ball from Cummins, who peppered the batsman with short deliveries. The 28-year-old connected on one of them to slog his fourth six before dragging a delivery from the same bowler on to his stumps.

Steve O'Keefe sent back Kumar in the next over and Cummins (3-94) got rid of Saha, who made 31, with another short delivery.

Off-spinner Nathan Lyon (5-92) dismissed debutant Kuldeep Yadav for seven to wrap up the India innings and complete his second five-wicket haul of the series.

Brief scores
Australia -
300 (Smith 111, Made 57, Warner 56, Kuldeep 4-68) and 137 (Maxwell 45, Jadeja 3-24, Ashwin 3-29, Umesh 3-29)
India - 332 (Jadeja 63, Rahul 60, Pujara 57, Lyon 5-92) and 19 for 0
Status - India require another 87 runs to win


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