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India vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day 4, As it happened: India struggle in the chase of 287

Nathan Lyon struck important blows for Australia

Perth, December 17: Nathan Lyon got the big wicket of Virat Kohli as India faded in the chase of 287 as the visitors ended the day at 112 for five, needing a further 175 runs to win this game. Rishabh Pant and Hanuma Vihari are at crease.

India will be eager to wrap up Australia's second innings at the earliest as the home side has already garnered an overall lead of 175 after reaching 132 for four at close on Day 3. India will have to ensure that they will not chase a massive target considering the chase history is not in favour of Virat Kohli and his band.

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Skipper Virat Kohli had made an excellent hundred and Indian pacers bowled a brute spell that saw two Australian batsmen getting hit on a quickened up Perth pitch. But at the end of Sunday, Australia walked away with a substantial 175 runs lead with six wickets remaining and they will enter the Da 4 as the side standing ahead. So what Day 4 has in store for us? Here's MyKhel's Live update of the proceedings.

03:26 pm

Stumps: India go home for the day at 112/5 and require another 175 runs to win this match. Pant and Vihari are at crease. Over to Day 5 now.

03:09 pm

India have gone past 100 but lost five wickets too.

03:01 pm

Rahane smashes one from Hazlewood straight to Head at covers. India are 98/5. Pant is the new man in

02:39 pm

Rahane and Vihari are hanging in there for now. And India are 90/4. Long way to go in this Test.

02:04 pm

Amid all that Lyon magic, Rahane had smashed Starc over third man for a six. He knows that no oint in hanging in around.

02:00 pm

Oh What a classic off-spin by Lyon. Invited Vijay for a drive with a well flighted delivery outside off-stump. But turn eludes the bat and ball crashes onto stumps. Bingo and there you go. Vijay for 20 and India are 55/4

01:48 pm

BIG FISH and its Lyon gets Kohli for 17. India are 49/3 chasing 287.

01:14 pm

Kohli and Vijay have a tough task at hand but they seemed to be confident and up to it

12:57 pm

Play resumes for final session of Day 4.

12:35 pm

TEA: India are 15/2 in pursuit of 287. Vijay and Kohli is at crease.

12:25 pm

Big wicket: Pujara nicks one to Paine behind the wicket off Hazlewood. Extra bounce did Pujara in. India are 13/2 and now Kohli walks in and India need a masterful knock from him again.

12:20 pm

KL Rahul's woes continues as he dangles the bat and the ball takes an edge to rattle the stums. He is out for a duck. Big job on Pujara and Vijay now. India are 13/1

12:04 pm

India begin the chase. KL Rahul and M Vijay start for India while Starc for Aussies.

11:57 am

Australia all out for 243 and lead by 286 runs. India need 287 runs to win. Bumrah castled Starc to end the Australian innings

11:48 am

Nice little partnership for Australia by Starc and Hazlewood for the 10th wicket. They have added 25 runs so far. Invaluable these runs could be!

11:28 am

Lyon might be frazzled by that hit on his helmet. The very next ball he carves to covers for a simple catch to Vihari off Shami. Aus have lost 9 wickets but they are ahead by 251 runs.

11:19 am

Now, Shami pings Lyon behind the helmet. The Physio is at ground but he should be fine after that now customary concussion test

11:17 am

Australia lead touches 250 as they inch to 207/8. Lyon cracked Shami for a four overs.

11:12 am

That Cummins wicket (8th) will keep the Aussie pacers interested. It stayed so low - just above ankle. Aus are just past 200 -- 203/8 and lead by 246 runs

11:00 am

Wicket No 7: Usman Khwaja could not play well a short one from Shami and Pant takes an easy catch. Australia are 198/7 and lead by 241 runs. Aus have lost 3 wickets for 8 runs

10:40 am

Shami takes two wickets in two balls. Paine fell to a brute short ball that was taken by Kohli and in the next ball Finch fell to a pull down the leg side. Aus are 192/6 and lead by 235 runs

10:32 am

Post lunch session begins. And India need wickets. And new ball is due in two overs.

09:56 am

Australia end first sessions at 190/4 for a lead of 233 runs. Aus added 58 runs with only three fours but importantly they did not lose a wicket

09:34 am

Paine and Kohli exchanged a few words and umpire Chris Gaffney interferes and say "play the game, you are the captains."

09:24 am

50 partnership between Tim Paine and Usman Khawaja for the 5th wicket

09:10 am

Khwaja made a patient fifty and along with it dragged Australia's lead past 200

08:54 am

Australia have gone past 150 and the lead swells to 195. India need a breakthrough and now

08:19 am

The play reach 30 minutes mark. And so far a serene day as the pace is yet to pick up.

07:45 am

Welcome to Day 4 Live coverage of MyKhel. Quick reminder: Australia are 132 for four in their second innings and lead by 175 runs. Finch, who suffered a blow on his finger yesterday, can bat as he was cleared of any serious damage. So, Aussies have six wickets remaining and India would like to pluck them at the earliest. Keep your fingers crossed.

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