Australia v India: Boxing Day Test, day four – live!

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So to conclude the recapping, India declared on 443 for 7 after batting the first two days. Australia subsided rather than collapsing, with all of the top eight facing at least 30 balls, but the highest score was 22 and the total 154. India decided to bat again anyway, and reached 54 for 5 by stumps, but are miles ahead regardless. Now we wait to see what the fourth day brings, and whether Australia’s batsmen can produce something worthwhile at their second chance. You’d think they’ll have to bat at least five sessions whether there’s a declaration or not.

Let’s not forget the other outstanding fast bowling performance from yesterday. Jasprit Bumrah, he of the gentle approach and wind-up bird bowling action. Trots in like he’s circling the bridle yard, then unleashes a Thor arm calling lightning down from the heavens. Serious pace, serious accuracy, preying on Australia’s weaknesses to clean up 6 for 33 on a pitch that on day one everyone thought would yield six wickets total in the match. But his piece de resistance was the slower ball to Shaun Marsh, sixth ball of the over before lunch, after setting him up with five fast balls in the channel just outside off. Five leaves, then a seductive, confusing yorker that hovered in the air and dipped late under the bat. What on earth.

Jasprit Bumrah with a slower of the great balls!

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