India Vs Australia Fourth Test at Dharamshala
Question in detailDefined by grit, the third Test in Ranchi came off conventional more like typical Tests are meant to be. Batting out as many as 92 overs on the final day, the touring side held on to a tenacious draw on a wearing track that appeared to be the spinners' delight. The visitors, after a hard-earned draw, exhorted to have the momentum with them ahead of India Vs Australia fourth Test, starting from March 25th in Dharamshala.
Australia is not a side that concedes defeat without fight. And this has been quite palpable and visible in the first three matches. Written off largely before touring India for the four-match Test series, Australia manifested their intent to win in the opener beating India by 333 runs and also breaking the hosts' unbeaten Test run. However, in the second game, they scattered brutally chasing away a moderate total of 187 runs.
The series has been a roller-coaster ride for both the sides. In the first match India get outplayed, while in the second game Australia missed the mark. However, the third match that almost seemed to be in India's grasp until day four, resulted in a draw owing to Handscomb-Marsh' solidity on the final day. The series is level 1-1 now. The hosts are on back foot in India Vs Australia fourth Test apparently because underdog visitors have given them a tough fight way through the series, managing one win and one draw in the first and third Tests respectively. Predicting the winner of IND Vs AUS 4th Test is not easy given Australia's current form and fighting spirit. However, if Mohammed Shami makes a comeback in the final Test, the ball seems to be in India's court.
Even if Indian batsmen showed the signs of their form in the last two games, the fast bowling woe still remains a matter of concern for the home side. And if the home side wants to become the winner of IND Vs AUS 4th Test, fast bowling is one area where they need improvement. Shami's return, which is expected, must give India some hopes to improvise their pace attack.
Will team India get a happy ending to their home session with a win over Australia in the fourth Test?