Australian fast bowler Ben Hilfenhaus says that his side are sensing victory in the first Test against India having reduced their opponents to 55 for four by the close of the fourth day in Mohali.
Speaking after a topsy-turvy day in which Australia were dismissed for 192 to set India 216 to win, he told a press conference:
"Obviously, it was a bit disappointing with the bat - we didn't get as many runs as were planning on getting, but having them four down is probably a pretty good day for us in the end.
Asked if his team was sensing victory heading into what promises to be an enthralling final day, Hilfenhaus, replied:
"Definitely. We've got our tails up, we've got our plans to bowl to each batsman, so as long as we stick to that and keep putting pressure on, we can definitely sense victory."
Standing in the way of Australia is India's most experienced batsman, Sachin Tendulkar, unbeaten on ten, and in the eyes of many, he holds the key to India's victory chances.
"(Tendulkar) is a pretty big wicket for us," Hilfenhaus confirmed. "If we can get him early, then we're definitely on the way, I think. We'll work pretty hard to aply pressure on him early and hopefully watch him crumble."
In a dramatic final session of play, Hilfenhaus dismissed Gautam Gambhir (0), Virender Sehwag (17) and Suresh Raina (0) to spearhead Australia's late charge.
"It was going to be a defining moment in the match," he said of the final hour of play, in which Australia took four wickets. "We had to come out and put some pressure on India."
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