The fourth day of the third test between India and Australia proved very interesting as the momentum kept shifting from one team to the other. In the first two sessions, it was Australia which dominated the proceedings as the visitors got quick ten wickets to allow hosts to take a small lead of 91 runs after what looked liked a huge first innings total for India with all the wickets intact. The last session of the day saw India dictate the proceedings as the hosts got the upper hand in the test once again by taking 3 early wickets and tilted the in their favour.
The day started with the two openers Dhawan and Vijay set on the crease at 185 and 83 runs respectively. The pair took the opening partnership to 289 runs, making it third highest opening partnership for India. However, the homework was done by the Aussies to break the partnership as silly point was placed. That bore fruit as the partnership was eventually broken when Dhawan was out by a delivery of Lyon. He scored 187 runs, making him the highest scorer by an Indian test debutant and second highest by a debutant test opener, the highest scored by Brendon Kuruppu (201 runs).
Vijay kept playing with the same pace and scored his second consecutive test century. He scored 153 runs and was lbw by Mitchell Starc. Starc also got out Dhoni in the same over. Other than Vijay, only Kohli was able to put up a good show and remained unbeaten on 67. India lost seven wickets with a lead of only 23 runs. However, Kohli developed useful partnership of 61 runs with Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Finally, Siddle got rid of the remaining batsmen. He took five wickets for 71 runs. After the opening partnership was broken, India lost remaining 9 wickets for just 200 runs.
Australian openers once again failed to perform well as the visitors lost three wickets in the final session of the day. Warner, Cowan and Smith were all unable to score in double digits. All the three wickets were taken by Bhuvneshwar. Skipper Clarke did not come at number 3 due to persistent back problem. Australia has a big day ahead and needs to bat really well to force a draw. The score board is as follows:
Australia 408 and 75 for 3 (Bhuvneshwar 3-25) trail India 499 (Dhawan 187, Vijay 153, Kohli 67*, Siddle 5-71) by 16 runs