1st Test, India vs Australia, Day 5

Ravi Shastri lauded India for their patience and grit after winning a tough Test

Ravi Shastri lauded India for their patience and grit after winning a tough Test

Australia were reduced to 104 for 4 and have to score another 219 runs in three sessions with Shaun Marsh, Travis Head and Tim Paine being the only recognised batsmen left in their ranks.

On two separate occasions, Starc bowled balls way down the leg side, that were out of reach for wicketkeeper Tim Paine.

"We bowled really well and in great areas but still a long way to go tomorrow (Monday)".

Pujara and Kohli's partnership - their 11th fifty-run stand in Test cricket - steadied the ship for the visitors after they lost both their openers Murali Vijay and KL Rahul and they will be in a good position to build a big lead on Day 4.

Starc was ineffective for Australia early on day four of the first Test against India at Adelaide Oval.

"I have been trying a few different things with (Australian bowling coach) David Saker, looking at how I bowled in 2015 throughout that World Cup and trying to perhaps get over my front leg a bit more", Starc said after Thursday's play. India had won the Johannesburg Test againt the Proteas in January this year following which they defeated England in the 4th Test at Southampton later in August-September. Protecting India's first innings total of 250, the visiting team's bowlers had to bowl with plenty of discipline to ensure they ended the innings with a 15-run lead.

With one Australian batsman back in the pavilion, India brought back their pacer Shami into the attack and he did not disappoint.

Shaun Marsh and Travis Head will be continuing from their overnight scores of 31 and 11 respectively.

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"We need to not complicate things, enjoy ourselves, compete hard and fight our backsides off".

"We are not seeing that same concerted zip", ex-Test batsman Simon Katich said of Starc while commentating for SEN.

Australia's faint hopes seemingly rest with the under-pressure Marsh, who last month scored a Sheffield Shield century at the Adelaide Oval to lead Western Australia's successful chase of 313 runs.

Despite his struggles earlier in the day, Starc managed to help the hosts clean up the tail, claiming the wickets of Ravichandran Ashwin and Mohammed Shami to finish the innings with 3/40.

"We just spoke about Dubai".

# Marsh notches up his first half-century with a boundary off Ashwin's delivery in the last ball of the 66th over. India definitelty need to get some wickets as soon as possible in order to avoid the game getting out of their hand.

The spinner took the wickets of Cheteshwar Pujara (70) and Ajinkya Rahane (71), to end their 87-run fourth-wicket partnership and start a collapse that saw India lose their final seven wickets for 73 runs.

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