India on course for historic series win despite rain-hit day four

India on course for historic series win despite rain-hit day four

India leads the four-Test series 2-1 after wins in the first test at Adelaide by 31 runs and last week's Boxing Day Test in Melbourne to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy.

India´s Kuldeep Yadav (2nd L) celebrates with captain Virat Kohli (L) and teammates after dismissing Australia´s captain Tim Paine during the third day´s play of the fourth and final cricket Test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground on January 5, 2019.

Torrential downpour in Sydney spared Australia's blushes on Day 3 of the New Year's Test, as India extended their dominance to stay on course for a thumping victory in the series finale.

India now lead the four Test series 2-1 and only need a draw to clinch a first-ever series win Australia.

Australia have never gone through a four-Test home series without at least one batsman reaching triple figures, but until Monday Marcus Harris has the top score with just 79. He asked non-striker Mitchell Starc if he should opt for a review, but the duo decided against it despite two reviews remaining in their innings and only two wickets left.

Openers Marcus Harris and Usman Khawaja got through four overs unscathed before play was abandoned early due to bad light.

Josh Hazlewood was dropped by Hanuma Vihari off Kuldeep's bowling when he had yet to score and he and fellow tailender Mitchell Starc (29 not out) fought a dogged rearguard to put on 42 for the final wicket.

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Riding on the scintillating effort from Kuldeep, the Indian team also enforced the follow-on on the home team becoming the first team in last 30 years to do so against Australia Down Under.

Australia won the second test in Perth by 146 runs.

The surface that India's batsmen had feasted on for two days was still offering little for the bowlers and the hosts will be cursing themselves for some soft dismissals after a 72-run opening stand.

That brought Nathan Lyon to the crease but he was gone after five balls, out lbw without scoring to a full toss from Kuldeep.

Spinners Kuldeep and Ravindra Jadeja (2-73) took five wickets between them before Handscomb and Cummins steadied the innings until poor weather halted play about an hour before stumps.

Yadav got his reward thereafter with Hazlewood trapped lbw on a close umpire's call, and the decision stayed in the wrist-spinner's favour despite DRS.

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