India close in on series victory over Australia

India close in on series victory over Australia

India close in on series victory over Australia

As the metaphoric dark clouds enveloping Australian cricket grew more menacing, gloomy weather provided more resistance to India than most of the home side's batsmen at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

It's the biggest first-innings deficit that Australia, reeling from a record three-consecutive declarations this series, have given up at the famed venue since 1936. Australia must bat a full innings for a full day to avoid defeat. They began the second day of the fourth and final Test on 303 for four and proceeded to twist the knife against a demoralised home team who toiled in hot conditions with little reward.

Showers provided a good deal more resistance than many of Australia's batsmen, washing out Sunday's morning session.

Ponting was livid after Nathan Lyon failed to review his lbw decision off Kuldeep Yadav during day four of the fourth and final Test at the SCG despite the hosts having two challenges remaining.

Openers Marcus Harris and Usman Khawaja got through four overs unscathed before play was abandoned early due to bad light.

Kuldeep (5-99) then trapped Nathan Lyon for no score.

Rahane had to work considerably harder for the catch that dismissed Labuschagne for 38 off the bowling of Mohammed Shami, diving low to his left to grab the ball with both hands.

Kuldeep Yadav, playing his first Test of the series, scalped three wickets, while Ravindra Jadeja took two - this after Australia had made their most assured start of the summer, and were comfortably placed at 128/1. Kuldeep Yadav was at the helm of it, picking his second five-wicket haul in Test cricket.

Peter Handscomb, recalled for his ability to play spin, followed for 37 after adding nine runs to his overnight tally, dragging the ball onto his stumps to give quick Jasprit Bumrah his first wicket of the match.

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