Sunday 9 November 2008 

India Set Australia 382 To Win In Nagpur

India 441 (Tendulkar 109) & 295 (Sehwag 92, Dhoni 55) v
Australia 355 (Katich 102, Hussey 90) & 13-0

Airtel Border-Gavaskar Trophy, fourth Test, day four, Nagpur

Australia have been set 382 to win the fourth and final Test and level the series against India after the home side were bowled out for 295 in their second innings on day four.

Australia ended the topsy-turvy day on 13 without loss after debutant off-spinner Jason Krejza took two wickets in two balls to claw Australia back into contention before India hit back with late order runs.

Krejza, who claimed a record eight wickets in the first innings, dismissed Vangipurappu Laxman (4) and Saurav Ganguly first ball to revive Australia's hopes of a series-levelling victory as India reached tea on 166 for six before the home side rallied to be all out for 295, setting the visitors 382 to win.

First-innings centurion Sachin Tendulkar was run out for 12 in the last over before the interval after being sent back by Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Dhoni went on to make 55, his second half-century of the match while Harbhajan Singh (52) helped him add 108 for the seventh wicket.

The partnership put the home side back in control after an aggressive 92 by opener Virender Sehwag had given them a clear advantage but they lost six wickets for 50 runs in the session to give Australia hope.

Medium-pacer Shane Watson got the ball to reverse swing and sent back debutant opener Murali Vijay for 41 and a struggling Rahul Dravid for three.

Fast bowler Brett Lee, placed on a drip on Saturday to counter the effects of dehydration caused by a virus, dismissed Sehwag to peg India back.

India are eying their first Test series victory over top-ranked Australia in seven years.

The hosts won the second Test at Mohali by 320 runs to go 1-0 up in the four-match series. The other two matches were drawn. Australia are bidding to avoid their first series defeat since their 2005 Ashes tour of England.

Watson broke the first wicket stand when he had Vijay lbw with a delivery that came back in sharply.

Lee had Sehwag caught behind down the leg-side with a short pitched delivery to raise Australia's hopes of a fightback.

Dravid's poor form continued when Watson forced him to edge behind with a delivery that straightened.

India lost their next three wickets in the space of three runs.

Krejza bowled Laxman with a big-spinning off-break that hit leg-stump after pitched outside off.

He caught and bowled Saurav Ganguly, playing his last Test innings, with his next ball after the Australians had applauded the left-hander on his way to the crease.

© Reuters / Cricket World 2008