Indian batsmen asked to battle it out for a draw again | Day 4, 4th Test at Sydney

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Update at Stumps: Play has been called off at SCG with an over left because of bad light and rain. Australia could have an overnight declaration as they have got to 251 for 6 in just 40 overs which gives them an overall lead of 348. Brad Haddin remains unbeaten on 31 from 30 balls with 2 fours and 2 sixes. Umesh Yadav had a terrible outing going for as many as 45 runs in his 3 overs!

Expect the Aussies to leave India a target of 349 from 90 overs tomorrow on a pitch that is taking square turn!

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Above photo: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 09: Joe Burns of Australia bats during day four of the Fourth Test match between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 9, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Update at 12:18 pm IST: A sensational innings from Joe Burns has come to an end which has taken Australia close to a lead of 350. Joe Burns smashed 66 from just 39 balls with 8 fours and 3 sixes. Looking to slog sweep around leg, Burns could only get a top edge to Ashwin’s carrom ball which was caught by Umesh Yadav at cow corner.

Update at 11:43 am IST: Steven Smith’s breezy knock comes to an end with Umpire Richard Kettleborough  giving a wrong lbw decision. It was a reversing yorker from Mohammed Shami and Steven Smith got a tiny inside edge to his flick on to the pad in front of middle. Steven Smith lbw Mohammed Shami 71 (70 balls with 8 fours and a six).

Update at 11:21 am IST: Ashwin bags his third wicket as Shaun Marsh (1) prods forward around middle and off, and is forced to edge the turning ball to Vijay at slip. Australia are going after the bowling, in particular Steve Smith. They lead by 236.

Update at 11:11 am IST: Chris Rogers departs after a sixth consecutive Test fifty. His busy knock comes to an end pulling Bhuvneshwar Kumar to deep mid wicket after a 77-ball 56. Australia lead by 223 runs.

Update at 10:08 am IST: A quick wicket from R Ashwin after Tea keeps Australia under pressure. Shane Watson has played on to his stumps, attempting a cut shot and the ball turning in but staying very low! Watson b Ashwin 16 (17). Australia lead by 143 runs

Update at Tea: The Sydney Test has come alive with India going for the wickets and the Aussies counter attacking the bowling. At Tea, Australia are 38 for 1 in just 6 overs with Chris Rogers on 21* from 17 balls and Shane Watson on 13* from 14 balls. R Ashwin is the dangerman for the batsmen as he is getting the ball to spin and bounce. The hosts have stretched their lead to 135 and they are 35 overs still left in the day’s play.

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Above photo: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 09: Ravichandran Ashwin of India celebrates with team mates after taking the wicket of David Warner of Australia during day four of the Fourth Test match between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 9, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Update at 9:22 am IST: R Ashwin asked to open the bowling has struck in his very first over, and the second over of the Australian innings forcing the dangerous David Warner to edge a turning ball to slip. David Warner c Vijay b Ashwin 4 (5); Australia 6/1 (1.3 ov)

Update at 9:06 am IST: India has just been bowled out for 475 with the Aussies taking as many as 162 overs to get their 10 wickets! Last wicket to fall was that of Umesh Yadav who tried to slog the third new ball and got caught by Brad Haddin off Ryan Harris. Mohammed Shami, batting at the other end contributed a handy 16* with a couple of fours and a six. With this India have kept down the Australian first innings lead to just 97 runs.

Not much of time is left now for the Australians with only 41 overs left on Day four.

Update at 8:50 am IST: Ravichandran Ashwin’s fantastic knock has just come to and end. It needed a special delivery from Mitchell Starc, from round the sticks, angling in and holding its line to force R Aswhin to nick it behind on the backfoot. Ashwin scored his 4th Test fifty by then. He got out for 50 which has come in 111 balls with six fours. India trail by 116 runs.

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Above photo: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 09: Ravichandran Ashwin of India celebrates scoring fifty runs during day four of the Fourth Test match between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 9, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Update at 8:24 am IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s useful stint with the bat comes to an end courtesy of a controversial Umpiring decision. It was a yorker length ball from Nathan Lyon in the rough outside off and Bhuvneshwar Kumar tried to dig it out and the ball flew off the bottom to slip where a catch was claimed. Replays weren’t conclusive whether that was a bump ball or was a clean catch off the bat.

A fantastic job done by Bhuvneshwar Kumar batting out 75 balls to score 30 in a partnership of 65. India are 448 for 8 and are trailing behind by 124 runs.

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Above photo: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 09: Bhuvneshwar Kumar of India is caught at second slip off the bowling of Nathan Lyon of Australia during day four of the Fourth Test match between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 9, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Update at lunch: A gritty partnership between R Ashwin and Bhuvneshwar Kumar has kept the Aussies at bay. The two bowling all-rounders have batted together for close to 14 overs to take India safely to lunch at 407 for 4 in 144 overs. The visitors trail behind by 165 runs with Ashwin on 33* from 74 balls (with 5 fours) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar batting out 39 balls so far for 3*.

There was an easy catch put down at shortleg by Joe Burns early in the 8th wicket stand when Bhuvneshwar Kumar got a big bat pad edge to a jumping off break from Nathan Lyon.

Update at 6:11 am IST: India have lost the key wicket of Wriddhiman Saha just minutes after drinks. It was a well directed bouncer from Josh Hazlewood at the face of Saha and the diminutive batsman couldn’t get away from the line of that and gloved it to slip. Wriddhiman Saha contributed 35 from 96 balls with 3 fours. India trail behind by 189 runs with three wickets in hand.

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Above photo: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 09: Wriddhiman Saha of India ducks under a high delivery from Mitchell Starc of Australia during day four of the Fourth Test match between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 9, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Update at 5:58 am IST: A tiny little partnership between Wriddhiman Saha (28*) and R Ashwin (11*) has taken India to 375 for 6 and thus has avoided the follow on for the visitors.

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Above photo: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 09: Virat Kohli’s partner, Anushka Sharma looks on during day four of the Fourth Test match between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 9, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Update at 5:19 am IST: It has taken less than 20 minutes for Australia to find their breakthrough on Day 4 as the tourists lose the big wicket of Virat Kohli. Disappointingly it was a similar kind of dismissal for Virat Kohli like in the second innings of the Melbourne Test. The bowler was Ryan Harris then and now also it is the same bowler getting him caught playing a flick shot in the air. Virat Kohli finished with 147 from 230 balls with 20 fours.

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Above photo: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 09: Ryan Harris of Australia celebrates taking the wicket of Virat Kohli of India during day four of the Fourth Test match between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 9, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Update at 4:58 am IST: India resume play on the penultimate day of the fourth Test at 342 for 5 in 115 overs. There is still a lot of work to be done for the tourists as they would not like to concede a big first innings lead. The deficit is still 230 runs but the comforting factor was India is that Captain Virat Kohli (140*) is still there batting and he has got the solid looking Wriddhiman Saha (14*) as company.

The pitch is quite slow but there is plenty of uneven bounce, so batting is not that easy which means it is important for India to prolong their first innings as long as possible.