On the fourth day of the Adelaide Test match, India were closing in on a first Test victory in Australia for 10 years while continuing to dominate the opening match of their series. Australia ended the day with 104-4.
Team India added 156 to their overnight 151-3, despite losing their final four wickets for four runs, as they set their hosts 323 to win.
Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took two wickets but Shaun Marsh remained 31 not out.
Marsh spent more than two hours at the crease and negotiated a testing final dozen overs in the company of Adelaide-born Travis Head, who was Australia’s top scorer in first innings with 72.
However, the tourists will be encouraged by Australia spinner Nathan Lyon taking 6-122 to run through their middle order.
The spinner took the wickets of Cheteshwar Pujara (70) and Ajinkya Rahane (71), to end their 87-run fourth-wicket partnership and start a collapse that saw India lose their final seven wickets for 73 runs.
Meanwhile, Australia’s chase was checked by Ashwin, who also took advantage of a turning pitch, to have opener Aaron Finch caught by wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant for 11.
Australia’s record fourth-innings run chase at Adelaide is 315-6 against England in 1902.