India avoid follow on versus Australia but lose Kohli

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Sydney, Jan 9 (IANS) India avoided the follow on, but lost skipper Virat Kohli (147) and wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddiman Saha (35) to reach 407/7, at lunch on day four of the fourth and final Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) Friday.

With this, India was trailing Australia by 165 runs at lunch on day four of the Test.

Resuming play at 342/5, chasing down Australia’s mammoth first innings total of 572/7 declared, India put on 65 runs in 29 overs in the morning session, but also lost the two wickets of the overnight batsmen.

Kohli fell right at the start after adding only seven runs to the brilliant century he scored Thursday. The captain got out in a similar fashion as he did in Melbourne when he chipped a Ryan Harris delivery to short midwicket.

Saha batted well to tackle the Australian pacers, who had movement in the morning. However, the short man fell to a bouncer when he awkwardly gloved a Josh Hazlewood (1/58) delivery to the first slip.

Ravichandran Ashwin then held the innings together for the visitors, scoring a fluent 33 not out, which was laden with five boundaries. Bhuvneshwar Kumar at the other end, only added 3 runs from 39 deliveries.

The duo were at the crease when lunch was called.

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