Australia need to just win the Bangalore Test to retain the Border Gavasker Trophy and the home team rather made their task easier with another big batting collapse in the first session of Day 4.
This, after Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara staged India’s first fightback of the match, stitching together a 93-run partnership to close Day 3. The series highest partnership, in either side.
Day 4 started with India at 213/4; Pujara batting on 79 and Rahane on 40. Soon enough, Rahane completed his 11th Test half-century.
118-runs together and India looked like they were finally going to dictate terms in the match.
Mitchell Starc though, ended those hopes. A lbw decision that the umpire nodded ‘no’ to, a quick referral and India lost their first wicket of the morning. Rahane walked for 52.
Four wickets in nine deliveries is what followed.
First to go was Karun Nair. India’s extra batsman in Bangalore after Jayant Yadav was left out, also playing on his home ground.But a golden duck is all Karun managed.
Mitchell Starc starting his wicket roll-call.
Next to go was Cheteshwar Pujara.
In his 90s, you’d think he was safe, having never gotten out on the cusp of a century before. He here was another first.
Out on 92 to Hazlewood. India 242/7.
Next walked in India’s Test all-rounder but this wasn't to be the for Ashwin heroics. Not with the ball at least.
Out on 4. Josh Hazlewood’s fifth fifer.
Fast bowlers sweeping though India’s lower order and Umesh Yadav tried hard but eventually caved.
Warner waiting at mid-off. Out on 5 off 15. India: 258/9. Lead by 171 runs.
Wriddhiman Saha and Ishant Sharma together added 16 valuable runs for the 10th wicket.
Ishant the last wicket to fall - O'Keefe getting him out for 6.
India all out for 274. Australia need 188 runs to win the second Test.