New Delhi:Bundling India for 360, Australia took their second innings lead to 263 runs at the end of fourth day's play in Bangalore. They added 193 to their first innings score of 430 at the loss of five wickets.
Shane Watson (32*) and Brad Haddin (28*) will resume batting on the last day of the Test that seems to be heading towards a draw. Indian bowlers did bring the game alive after dismissing five batsmen but that was not sufficient to put their side in an advantageous position.
But captain Anil Kumble will deploy all his resources to end (what he called 'his last Test in Bangalore') on a winning note. If they manage to wrap up Aussies under 300, they can fancy some chances. It will be interesting to see what score does Ponting give the Indians to chase. One thing is for sure that the last day will be exciting because Australia, as all know, seldom play for a draw when in commanding position. And going by the stats, India have won only four times chasing on the last day against the Aussies.
While Kumble, who's said to have a shoulder injury, did not look threatening with the ball, other bowlers picked wickets regularly. After his mature knock of unbeaten 57, Zaheer Khan struck in the second innings to send Matthew Hayden back in the hut for just 13 runs. His late swing kept low and rapped him on the pads. He had picked five wickets in the first innings and claimed Hayden as his sixth.
Zaheer, after averting the follow-on on Saturday, completed his second Test fifty. He had added 80 runs with Harbhajan Singh on the third day and saved India blushes. Harbhajan too had played a fighting knock of 54 runs before Watson got his wicket.
Anil Kumble, however, failed to add much to the score as Watson did him in. Last man Ishant Sharma hung around with Zak to add 17 runs before Michael Clarke dismissed him.
Ishant avenged his wicket as he dismissed Clarke and Ricky Ponting. The lanky pacer, who troubled Ponting during the Australian summers early this year, pitched a fuller delivery outside the off-stump which he played it towards the midwicket where Laxman caught it low.
Clarke tried to cut a fuller delivery from Ishant going outside the off-stump but found Sehwag at the short cover and went back for 6 runs.
Laxman got under another one when Simon Katich, who played an anchor's role and scored 34 runs off 140 balls, nicked one from Harbhajan Singh to silly point. Three overs later 'Turbunator' returned and bowled Mike Hussey with a beauty. The ball tossed outside the off-stump and Hussey raised his bat to let it go but it spun back and took the bails along.
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