India v/s Australia 3rd Test Day 4, Melbourne: Ishant Sharma strikes early after rain break to dismiss Watson

India v/s Australia 3rd Test Day 4, Melbourne: Ishant Sharma strikes early after rain break to dismiss Watson
10:04 IST Monday, 29 December 2014

Drinks break!

32 overs- 127/2

31 overs- 119/2

Australia lead by 184 runs with 8 wickets remaining

Smith- 4 off 18, Rogers- 53 off 96

It is hard to win test matches after giving away 500 runs when bowling first.

9:45 IST Monday, 29 December 2014

28 overs- 112/2

Fifty for Chris Rogers. Slams 50 off 81 balls!

9:36 IST Monday, 29 December 2014

25 overs- 98/2

Rogers- 38 off 71, Steven Smith- 0 off 5

24.1 overs- Ishant Sharma to Watson, OUT, edged and this time it’s gone! Ishant Sharma finally gets a wicket in the game. The delivery has drawn the batsman forward. Watson manages a thick outside edge. Dhoni collects a low catch to his right.

SR Watson c Dhoni b Sharma 17 34b

The covers are off and the rain has stopped. Play resumes.

We might have to wait for a bit for the game to start again as the covers are on. Rain has halted the game play. More serious rain expected to hit Melbourne.

7:23 IST Monday, 29 December 2014

Lunch- Australia already ahead by 155 after a good morning session. They cleaned up the tail order batsmen quickly and Warner came out playing all his shots. He began the innings with a boundary and kept the runs ticking. However, things were slow after Ashwin sent Warner back, Australia are in a solid position at the moment.

22 overs- 90/1

Australia were 90-1 at lunch, with opening batsman Chris Rogers 33 not out and number three Shane Watson on 15, the hosts having built a 155-run lead after bowling India out for 465 earlier in the morning.

Rogers 33 off 64, Watson 15 off 27

7:00 IST Monday, 29 December 2014

19 overs- 77/1. Lead by 142

6:41 IST Monday, 29 December 2014

Australia lead by 124 runs

15 overs- 59/0

14.2 overs- OUT! Warner gets trapped LBW off Ashwin’s delivery. That was a loud appeal and this time the umpire raises the finger! It hits him on the back leg right in front of the middle.

DA Warner lbw b Ashwin 40 off 42b

14 overs- 57/0

Warner- 40 off 40, Rogers- 15 off 45

David Warner has the highest strike rate in tests since 1990

6:25 IST Monday, 29 December 2014

Drinks break

11 overs- 48/0

Warner- 38 off 34, Rogers- 9 off 32

6:12 IST Monday, 29 December 2014

David Warner latches on to the ball really quick.

Warner- 38 off 24, Rogers- 9 off 30
9 overs- 47/0. Ashwin bowled a tight over letting off only two runs.

Poor start to the day by India. It was a blink and miss as two wickets fell quickly.

R Ashwin brought into the attack.

5:54 IST Monday, 29 December 2014

Australia lead by 104.

6 overs-34/0

Warner- 31 off 17, Rogers-3 off 13

As a captain one would be helpless because where can you set a field with the way David Warner is batting

Runs coming thick and fast for Australia

David Warner and Chris Rogers come in to bat.

India wrap up at 465!

It was a matter of merely two overs as the last two wickets fell in no time. Australia have a handy 65-run lead and only three runs were added after the dismissal of Kohli. The last seven wickets were only able to add 56 runs.

128.5 overs- Johnson to Mohammed Shami, OUT. Smith takes a catch at second slip as this flies to him head high

Mohammed Shami c Smith b Johnson 12 off 30b

Welcome to Day 4 of the 3rd Test between India and Australia at Melbourne. Day 3 was a see-saw affair. India, beginning at 108/1, put together a 262-run stand after both Pujara and Murali Vijay had fallen early. Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane, the protagonists of India’s resurgence, both made big centuries. Kohli scored 169 and Rahane 147.

However, India once again endured a mini-collapse after Rahane’s dismissal, losing debutant KL Rahul, MS Dhoni, R Ashwin and finally Virat Kohli himself in the last over of the day. Mitchell Johnson, who has blown hot and cold in the series, finally managed his first wicket in this Test match with Kohli’s dismissal. India ended the day at 462/8, still 68 runs behind Australia’s first innings score. Here’s the entire match report.

There was also some exaggerated banter between Kohli and Johnson, as tempers continued to flare in this series. Here’s our entire live coverage from Day 3.

Both India and Australia will be looking to create a definite advantage on Day 4. For Australia, getting rid of the last two wickets quickly would be crucial. For India, getting as close to the Australian total as possible will be priority. All three results are possible yet in this match, but Australia will believe India will find it slightly tough to bat well last in Melbourne. A lead of 325 or so would be a difficult one for India to chase on Day 5, irrespective of what Virat Kohli says. has complete coverage of the India-Australia series, in the form of latest news, videos, opinions, slideshows, podcasts and so on.