Deciding Test in the balance

27 March 2017 00:25:31 GMTPlus10

The fourth and deciding Test between Australia and India remains in the balance after day two.

India, chasing Australia's first innings score of 300, were cruising at 108-1 but four wickets from Nathan Lyon restricted them to 248-6 at stumps with either side yet to gain the upper hand.

The first day of the Test in Dharamasala saw Steve Smith hit the headlines, scoring 111, his third century of the tour, which takes him to 20 Test 100s overall.

Australia were indebted to him as most of the rest of the batting order struggled with Kuldeep Yadav taking four wickets.

David Warner made a half century and Matthew Wade, lower down the order, made 57 to take Australia to the 300 mark.

India started their innings on the second morning and lost opener Murali Vijay early on. However, that brought Cheteshwar Pujara to the crease and, alongside KL Rahul they took the score onto 108-1 before Pat Cummins dismissed Rahul for 60.

Pujara made a half century but they struggled to build another strong partnership and Lyon's 4-67 puts Australia slightly in front after two days.

Wriddhiman Saha and Ravindra Jaqdeja are the not out batsmen, with both in double figures and if they can build on that on the third morning, India will still be hopeful of establishing a first innings lead.

Australia won the first Test last month by 333 runs, India squaring the series, winning the second by 75 runs with the third Test drawn.

After this Test draws to a close, next up for both countries is the ICC Champions Trophy, held in England during June.

Both are previous winners of the tournament, Australia in 2006 and 2009 while India won last time out, in 2013 when they beat England in the final.

England, never having won the tournament are 1212/1 to triumph on home turf, Australia are 1212/1 with India priced at 4/9.

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