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Aus-Ind, 1st Test, Day 4: As it happened

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11:05 a.m. Australia win! It's a huge 122-run redemption for Australia. Umesh Yadav tries to hit out Nathan Lyon but falls to a terrific running catch by Warner at the boundary ropes. It's Australia 1 - India 0. Over to Sydeny now!

Umesh Yadav c Warner b Lyon 21 (25)

10:45 a.m. Dhoni dismissed! The Indian captain plays an attempted drive onto his stumps. Pattinson claims his third victim! India now just one wicket away from an embarrassing defeat.

Aus-Ind, 1st Test, Day 4: As it happened

Ben Hilfenhaus celebrates after taking the wicket of Virender Sehwag on Thursday. (Getty Images)

MS Dhoni b Pattinson 23 (44)

10:40 a.m. After hitting a boundary and a massive six off Pattinson, Zaheer Khan backed a little too much to a well-pitched delivery, getting a thick inside edge onto his pads to short-leg.

Z Khan c Cowan b Pattinson 13 (22)

10:10 a.m. Ashwin goes and Australia are now just three wickets away from a win. Ashwin failed to keep Siddle's bouncer, aimed at his ribs, down and it lobbed up for a simple catch to the short-leg fielder Ed Cowan.

R Ashwin c Cowan b Siddle 30 (35)

9:40 a.m. Losing five wickets in the session between lunch and tea, India are staring down the barrel. The visitors, after a disappointing morning session, had an awful afternoon and limped to 117/6 at tea on day four. R Ashwin took his chances and got a few streaky boundaries, but getting another 175 is looking way beyond India's reach.

9:15 a.m. Now the Master departs! India's last hope too vanishes as Sachin couldn't resist the temptation of driving outside the off stump, caught by Mike Hussey, his second catch in the gully region, off Siddle.

S Tendulkar c Hussey b Siddle 32 (46)

9:05 a.m. India in deep trouble! The visitors' chase of 292 has fallen apart as after Dravid, Laxman and Kohli too depart in quick succession. Laxman falls victim to his favourite flick, which goes straight to square leg off Pattinson, while Kohli was plumb in front off the bowling of Hilfenhaus. India have gone from 39 for two to a disastrous 69 for five.

V Kohli lbw b Hilfenhaus 0 (1)

VVS Laxman c Cowan b Pattinson 1 (14)

8:35 a.m. Pattinson breaches The Wall! A real gem of a delivery by Pattinson, moved in late and Dravid missed the line to hear the rattle behind him. It's 59 for 3 now and the top three are back in the hut. Still 233 away from a win. Long way!

Rahul Dravid b Pattinson 10 (29)

8 a.m. Gambhir's poor run continues! Undecided weather to leave or play a perfect outswinger from Siddle and ended up thick-edging it to Ponting in the slips. India in a spot of bother at 42 for 2.

Gautam Gambhir c Ponting b Siddle 13 (46)

7:00 a.m. Having given Australia an upstart on the fourth morning of first Test, India went into lunch at 24/1, needing another 268 runs to win. India lost Sehwag before the break, after Australia added another 61 runs before getting all out for 240.

6:55 a.m. Terrible start for India! Australia strike with the wicket of Sehwag, who once again falls prey to a well-set plan of enticing him outside the off-stump. The dashing opener slashed a short ball, getting caught at gully by Mike Hussey.

V Sehwag c Hussey b Hilfenhaus 7 (12)

6:25 a.m. Aussies finally bowled out! Ishant Sharma finished the Australian innings with the wicket of Hilfenhaus, who was caught in the slips by Laxman. India paid the price of playing a conservative cricket on the fourth day morning as the last two Aussie batsmen scored 74 runs.

B Hilfenhaus c Laxman b Sharma 14 (29)

6:00 a.m Aussie tail frustrates India! The last-wicket stand between Pattinson and Hilfenhaus continues to frustrate the Indians, who are pretty much playing a waiting game, instead of going for the kill.

5:30 a.m. India strike with Zaheer! Hussey walking back for 89. Zak squared him up to find the edge that was taken by Dhoni. The lead is 248 and Australia 197 for 9.

Mike Hussey c †Dhoni b Khan 89 (151)

4:30 a.m. Hello and welcome to what could be the decisive day of the Melbourne Test between Australia and India. With sun beating down, there is every possibility of the match finishing on the fourth day itself. While Australia's aim will be to increase their lead, India would like to get the remaining two Aussie batsmen out as soon as they can.

Day three summary:

On a day when the pitch was supposed to be best for batting, 15 wickets fell for 247 runs to put the opening Test match between Australia and India in the balance with the hosts 179 for 8 at stumps, leading by 230 runs.

India, who started day three with the prospect of taking the lead, lost seven wickets for 68 runs in the morning session to slump to 282 all out, conceding a first-innings lead of 51 runs. Ben Hilfenhaus made a successful comeback to the Australian Test squad with figures of 5 for 75, while Peter Siddle took the last wicket to fall, ending with figures of 3 for 63.

India then made a remarkable comeback through Umesh Yadav who ran through Australia's top order with 4 for 49, and despite a century stand for the fifth wicket between Ricky Ponting (60) and Michael Hussey (79 not out), India grabbed eight wickets to set up a fascinating fourth day.

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