India had a plain script to follow in order to force a result. Score over four an over, get a big lead, and allow the bowlers and the pitch to do the rest.
With Shikhar Dhawan and
M Vijay taking fresh guard, the task was not that demanding. It took just 20 minutes to change the complexion of the match. The dismissal of Dhawan on Sunday, coupled with irresponsible and slow batting by the middle order, allowed Australia a breather. However, the visitors failed to make it count and ended Day Four at 75 for three.
Resuming their second dig, 91 in arrears, Australia lost their way yet again as Bhuvneshwar Kumar alone prised out their top-order. With skipper Michael Clarke battling a back injury, India’s chances of taking a 3-0 lead in the series seem brighter than ever.