Day 4 of India vs Australia Adelaide 1st Test in 2014-2015 Highlights:
1. Very Even day of cricket: 10 wickets fall in a day. 5 from India and 5 from Australia and setting up excellent 5th day cricket with all results possible.
2. Warner is the second Australian to score two tons in the same match against India. Don Bradman was the first to do so in
1948 when he scored 132 and 127 not out.
3. India bowled tight line and length for almost entire day and did not allow Australia to dominate till the last hour.
1. Since January 2010, nine instances of five-wicket hauls have been recorded by right-arm spinners against India – all by
off spinners. Graeme Swann (Eng), Shane Shillingford (WI) and Lyon are the only ones to have produced two instances each vs
India. The bowlers with one instance of five wickets in an innings are – Moeen Ali (England), Suraj Randiv (Sri Lanka) and
Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka)
2. Ishant Sharma has recorded his 20th duck in Tests – his seventh vs Australia.
3. Clarke not declaring and playing till the end of day’s play with over 350 runs lead. No side has ever won a test match
scoring more than 350 runs and Clarke should have declared 5 overs before end of day’s play to take a wicket or two.
1. “Come on Come on” yelled by Aaron and then Warner, with kisses blown, words exchanged and lot of unnecessary drama at
the center stage. Totally uncalled for, but that’s cricket. It got repeated with “What What” between Rohit Sharma and
2. Plenty of inexperience shown by Virat Kohli with respect to bowling changes, field placing such as:
a. introduced V.Aaron as 6th bowler, after part timers M.Vijay and R.Sharma.
b. Even after failed attempt of round the wicket bowling, India repeated the mistake in 2nd inning producing no result.
c. one and two over spells from fast bowlers, wrong end for Karn Sharma to begin with etc.
3. Slow Overrate from India – which may actually stop Kohli to play 2nd test match (will be disaster for India if that happens).
A Bit of Future Prediction
Clarke is going to declare at the start of the play. India did scored over 367 on Day 3. Can they repeat the same on Day 5?
Kohli is an expert while chasing and it will be a very fitting reply to score another ton to match Warner’s action. Won’t be a bad idea to promote Rohit Sharma to bat at number 5 and go for it.