Australia all set to chase their target of 323. This seems to be quite a massive challenge for a floundering batting lineup, that too against an Indian attack in top gear.
But if they can curb some of the poor shots from the first innings, starting with Finch, there is a hope for the hosts.
Earlier, successful 300 plus chases in Australia:
369 Aus vs Pak, Hobart, 1999
339 Aus vs Ind, Perth, 1977
315 Aus vs Eng, Adelaide, 1902
To many it appears India gave the match away as the pitch is still good to bat on. They were 280 for 5, then suddenly 307 all out. Still, some say 322 is a lot of runs.
India promised a lot but faded away after lunch, losing 5 for 25 in less than an hour’s play. In the end, the visitors left the hosts a target of 323.
It will be the highest fourth innings chase on this ground, if they do get to the target.
If that happens, the blame would be shared between recklessness from Pant, a too-positive Ashwin, Rahane left with the tail failing to up the ante, and a shocking shot saw Shami fall first-ball.
The match witnessed a lion hearted performance from Nathan Lyon, the off-spinner, and he finished with 6 for 122. Starc took three, but looked wayward at times.
Can the hosts chase down 323? Unless the weather intervenes, we will have a result in this match.