Published: Mon, January 07, 2019
Sport | By Patty Hardy

India close in on series victory over Australia

India close in on series victory over Australia

India, having failed to win a Test series in Australia in 11 previous attempts, ended a slump that dates back to when they were crushed by Don Bradman's side in 1948. Australia had won the second Test in Perth by 146 runs.

Riding on the scintillating effort from Kuldeep, the Indian team also enforced the follow-on on the home team becoming the first team in last 30 years to do so against Australia Down Under.

Australia, asked to follow on after conceding a first innings lead of 322 runs on day four, are now 0-6 in their second innings.

This was after Australia were bowled out for 300 runs (104.5 overs) in their first innings and were asked to follow on, surrendering a lead of 322 runs.

Openers Marcus Harris and Usman Khawaja got through four overs unscathed before play was abandoned early due to bad light.

Jasprit Bumrah of India celebrates dismissing Peter Handscomb of Australia as the hosts plunged towards a big deficit on day four.

The only question is whether Australia will salvage a draw on Monday or the tourists will complete a crushing 3-1 series victory.

Nathan Lyon struggled in the few balls he faced against Kuldeep Yadav and fell for a duck, before Mitchell Starc (29) and Josh Hazlewood (21) offered some cavalier batting at the death to boost Australia's total.

Australia were reduced to 236-6 at stumps on day three when bad light had stopped play. Mohammed Shami (2-58) bowled Pat Cummins (25) with a ball that kept low on the sixth ball after resumption of play.

That brought Nathan Lyon to the crease but he was gone after five balls, out lbw without scoring to a full toss from Kuldeep.

"Well bowled and congrats on your 5 wicket haul Kuldeep".

Kuldeep claimed three wickets and Jadeja two as Australia collapsed from 122-1 at lunch to 198-6 shortly after tea in a pattern all too familiar for an Australian batting order yet to score a century this series.

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