Australia vs India: Hosts face battle to save final Test for vanguard sports

Australia vs India: Hosts face battle to save final Test for vanguard sports , Usman Khawaja and Marcus Harris only

had to survive four overs of the second innings before the weather intervened .

Fourth Test, Sydney Cricket Ground (day four)

India 622-7 dec: Pujara 193, Pant 159*, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4-178

Australia 300 (Harris 79, Labuschagne 38, Yadav 5-99) & 6-0

India lead by 316 runs

Australia face a last-day battle to save the final Test after being forced to follow on by India in Sydney.

The tail offered some resistance but left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav (5-99) wrapped up the innings for 300.

The hosts resumed on 236-6 in reply to India’s 622-7 but lost Pat Cummins to the sixth ball of day four, and Peter Handscomb soon followed for 37.

Australia were 6-0, still 316 runs short of making India bat again, when bad light and rain ended play early.

Only 25.2 overs were possible on a rain-hit day, meaning that the final day will start half an hour early, at 23:00

GMT on Sunday, with commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

It was the first time in 30 years Australia had been forced to follow on in a home Test,

But openers Marcus Harris and Usman Khawaja had faced only four overs before the umpires halted play just before the scheduled tea interval, and no resumption was possible.

Handscomb, the last recognised batsman, added nine to his overnight score before being bowled by paceman Jasprit

Bumrah, who is now the joint leading wicket-taker in the series with 21.

faint hopes remained when Cummins and Handscomb resumed their partnership – but fast bowler Cummins, who has shown ability with the bat in this series .

Australia were last forced to follow on in a home Test by England in the one-off Bicentennial Test at the Sydney

Cricket Ground in January 1988, which finished as a draw. The Ashes were not at stake.

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