Live: Renshaw’s cardinal sins haunt Australia

WHOEVER performs best on day three in Dharamsala will go a long way towards securing the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

Honours were shared in the first session of play as India gained a first innings lead before watching their tail get wiped out in the blink of an eye.

Australia 3/50 from 13 overs and 300. Handscomb 4, Maxwell 14

India 332 from 118.1 overs. Jadeja 63, Lyon 5/92

Australia in crisis after commentator curse double

Steve Smith’s wicket has left Australia on the verge of collapsing in the fourth Test.

Smith chopped onto his own stumps off the bowling of Bhuvneshwar Kumar to leave Australia 2/31 — still trailing India’s first innings total by one run.

Smith was dismissed just one over after Aussie Test legend’s Matthew Hayden and Brett Lee declared India had no idea how to get the in-form batsman out.

The very next over Matt Renshaw was also dismissed when he was caught behind off the bowling of Umesh Yadav for just eight runs.

By the time Renshaw fell, Australia had lost three wickets in 11 balls following the first dismissal of opener David Warner.

Australia’s second drop Shaun Marsh was also unable to take his place because of a back injury and it is unclear if he will be able to bat this innings.

Warner’s worst series ever

David Warner was sent packing for just six runs in a disastrous start to Australia’s second innings.

Warner was dismissed by Umesh Yadav when the fast-bowler got a shortish ball to move away from the left-hander and take an outside edge high up the blade. Keeper Wriddihiman Saha was able to take an easy catch.

Warner fell with Australia 1/10 — still 22 runs behind India’s first innings score.

Warner was also dropped in the previous over, extending his miserable series in India.

Based on his average of 24.12 this series, it’s Warner’s worst performance in a major Test series.

Wade’s fiery sledge caught by microphone

Can sledge.

Can sledge.Source:AFP

Aussie keeper Matthew Wade’s firey exchange with Indian spinner Ravi Jadeja has been caught on camera by the effects microphone, revealing a delicious sledge from the serial pest.

Star Sports vision broadcast by Fox Sports Australia showed Wade and Jadeja exchanging some heated words at opposite ends of the pitch during India’s innings.

Wade appeared to take exception to Jadeja’s swashbuckling sword celebration for his half century.

The effects microphones caught Wade rising to an apparent challenge from Jadeja.

“Wait until you come down here and say it. Wait until you get down here mate,” Wade said to Jadeja.

When umpire Marais Erasmus ordered the two players to calm down, Wade made sure he landed the final verbal blow.

“We are all right, I’ll get a selfie with him at the end of the game. We’ll put it on Instagram,” he said to the umpire.

Jadeja’s Instagram account, which is littered with glamorous “selfie” pictures, appears to be infamous within the Australian camp.

Lyon gets five as India tail wiped out

The fourth Test is on a knife edge after Australia fought back to claim the last four wickets of India’s first innings for 15 runs.

India climbed on top of Australia when Wriddihiman Saha and Ravi Jadeja put on 92 runs for the seventh wicket, before Cummins finally got the break through.

Lyon claimed the final wicket of the innings when Kuldeep Yadav was caught on the fence by Pat Cummins.

Cummins (3/94) and Nathan Lyon (5/92) were the best of the bowlers.

India has a lead of 32 runs heading into the second innings.

Smith takes a screamer as Aussies make triple strike

Steve Smith took an absolute pearler to leave India nine down in the fourth Test.

Just as it looked like India was taking control, Pat Cummins and Steve O’Keefe combined to take three wickets in 13 balls.

Cummins’ got his second thanks to a freak catch from the Aussie captain, who was forced to launch from both feet in the slips and whip one hand into the air to catch a ball that had jumped up offWriddihiman Saha’s gloves.

“I mean seriously he is batting from and fielding from the absolute thrown at the moment,” Aussie cricket great Matthew Hayden told Star Sports.

“He is playing like a man possessed.”

An Indian commentator on ABC Grandstand said: “That’s unbelievable. He can catch anything this man”.

Steve O’Keefe truly opened up the Indian tail when he got Bhuvneshwar Kumar caught in two minds.

Spinning a shortish ball away from the right-hander, Kumar retreated onto the back foot to cut, but only managed an edge to Steve Smith at first slip.

Cummins finally makes breakthrough

Pat Cummins finally broke the partnership that put India on top in the fourth Test with a beautiful delivery that cut back in and knocked over Ravi Jadeja after the Indian bowler chopped onto his stumps.

Jadeja had blasted his way to 63 from 95 balls as part of a 96 run partnership.

Cummins’ changed the angle to come around the wicket and was rewarded with a wicket he thoroughly deserved.

It left India 7/317.

Ball tracking fails

Players were informed after the first drinks session break on day three that the ball-tracking feature of the Decision Review System was unavailable.

Despite the key predictive analysis tool breaking down, play continued with both the fielding team and bowling team unable to use it.

Indian media reported the power supply fueling the ball-tracking feature broke down at the Dharmasala ground.

The window where the feature was unavailable stretched towards 30 minutes.

It meant Australia was unable to review any LBW close calls that were turned down by the umpire on the field.

Thankfully, there was no such case where the Australian team would have been dudded.

Renshaw nightmare becomes reality

Australia's Matt Renshaw.

Australia’s Matt Renshaw.Source:AP

Australia’s missed opportunities on day two are coming back to haunt them, as India claw back the visitors lead.

Despite a hiccup on the first ball of the day, that needed DRS to keep Ravi Jadeja at the crease, since then India has had the advantage.

Wriddhiman Saha and Jadeja have combined for their fifty partnership from 103 balls.

Saha also registered his 1000th run in Test cricket.

Australian Test legend Matt Hayden praised India for the intelligent way they have batted since the early pressure on day three in Dharamsala.

“I’ve been impressed by Saha. He’s just letting Jadeja be the dominant player. It’s smart batting,” Hayden said.

“All of a sudden the pressure is now on the Australian’s.”

First ball crushes Aussies

Pat Cummins almost gave Australia the perfect start to day three in Dharamsala.

The Aussie quick looked to have struck with the opening ball of the day, when he had Ravi Jadeja out caught behind.

But the Indian batsman referred the decision to the third umpire, and replays showed no contact was made between bat and ball.

Jadeja looked to have struck his pad with his bat when attempting to play a shot, which caused the noise heard by Australian fielders behind the wicket.

Cummins captures Indian hearts

Indian fans know their cricket and they are impressed at what they’ve seen from Pat Cummins so far in his continued return to Test cricket.

Daksh Panware of the Indian Express was blown way by Cummins’ “riveting and tragic” spell of fast bowling in Dharamsala.

“Fast is not meant to last long. It’s junior high school physics. Time is inversely proportional to speed,” wrote Panware.

“But ever since Cummins returned to Test cricket after almost six years in Ranchi, the injury prone Cummins seems bent on defying that.

“On Sunday, Cummins did it over and over again in what was as riveting, and tragic, spell of sustained fast bowling as you will ever see on a cricket pitch in India.”

Cummins bowled 44 overs across three days in Ranchi, an astonishing return for any fast bowler, particularly one who is only just back from repairing a fragile young body.

But the Aussie quick continued his charge in the fourth Test, sending down 21 overs on day two, and sprinting over six kilometres, clearing any doubt that he can handle the workload and helping to capture Indian hearts.

“That’s serious workload for any bowler. For an express pacer, that’s insane,” Panware wrote.

“On a wicket that was more Australian in nature, he bent his remade back and worked up serious pace and bounce. It was with such consistency it made you wonder if he was a human bowling machine.”

Former Victorian keeper Darren Berry was another who enjoyed seeing Cummins in full flight against the Indians.

Berry told SEN that the best sign that Cummins is fit and firing is his ability to bowl quick throughout the day.

“He’s maintained his pace which is good,” Berry said.

“If a bowler is sore he will get himself up for six or seven overs and then his pace drops.

“Pat Cummins has been consistent throughout the day and that’s a sign that he’s confident.”

Renshaw’s mistakes to cost Australia?

Renshaw’s hands let him down on day two.

Renshaw’s hands let him down on day two.Source:AP

Matt Renshaw hasn’t done a lot wrong this Test series, but his fielding mistakes could end up costing Australia the series.

The opener grassed two catches on day two in Dharamsala and miscommunication with wicketkeeper Matthew Wade saw him fail to attempt to catch a third chance.

Renshaw handed Wriddhiman Saha a life when he put down a simple chance at first slip off the bowling of Pat Cummins. That may come back to bite the Aussies in a big way, given Saha is in great form after scoring a hundred in Ranchi last week.

Another big score from the Indian gloveman would spell disaster for the tourists, who need to bowl India out early on day three if they want a first innings lead.

As good as Renshaw has been on this tour, broadcaster Trent Masenhelder argues his lapses in the field could have tipped the series in India’s favour.

“He was disappointing with the bat, only made one in the first innings with the Aussies. OK, that happens, but it’s more so his fielding that has earned him a spot in the sinners category,” Masenhelder told EON Sport Radio.

“In a tight contest like this with the series on the line, you just can’t afford to drop those ones.”

Former Test captain Alan Border said he’s prepared to side with Renshaw for his first missed opportunity, but said the missed chance of Saha was undefendable.

“I’ll let him off for this one (first drop he barely got fingers to). It just flew and there was a saucer/frisbee like situation,” Border said.

“But that one (off Saha), you’ve got to be catching. It’s a new ball, you should be ready for that, but again there’s a bit of a saucering effect.”

There was much debate before the series on whether Renshaw would stand up to the fierce cauldron that is a tour of India, given his inexperience at Test level.

His performances before Dharamsala were impressive, but in this final Test, Renshaw has been on the wane.

Some on social media feel his poor performance in the field, along with his cheap dismissal in the first innings, are signs the tour has taken a toll on Renshaw.

But former Victorian keeper Darren Berry was impressed with Renshaw’s response, despite having a tough day out in Dharamsala.

“The thing I liked about him though, for a young man, I don’t think he dropped his head,” Berry told SEN.

“He kept encouraging and did all the little things you like to see as a coach. I think he’s a really good character.”

The 20-year-old is averaging 32 this series, the third best of Australia’s batsman, but it’s his exploits away from the crease that have seen him come under fire.

Indian opener full of praise for Aussie quicks

Cummins has bowled with serious pace in India.

Cummins has bowled with serious pace in India.Source:AFP

Indian opener KL Rahul has never faced fast bowling as frightening as what Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood produced early on day two in Dharamsala. Rahul successfully negotiated a hostile morning burst from both Hazlewood and Cummins on Sunday’s day two of the Test series decider.

Skipper Steve Smith will call on the new-ball pairing, who have delivered a combined 39 overs in the match so far, to step up again on Monday morning. India will resume at 6/248, with Australia holding a 52-run lead and the game in the balance.

Cummins and Hazlewood generated a potent mix of pace, bounce, swing and accuracy with the new ball.

Rahul, who eventually fell to a Cummins bouncer after lunch, has never seen anything like it.

“I can say it has been the toughest session I have faced in Test cricket so far,” the 24-year-old said, having debuted at the Boxing Day Test in 2014 when he faced an attack spearheaded by Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris.

“They put the ball in the right areas, they swung the ball, they bowled with a lot of pace and a lot of venom.

“I was thoroughly enjoying it.”

Rahul noted the pitch was “obviously helping them as well”, adding he was impressed with how Hazlewood and Cummins kept their pace up throughout their morning spells.

“The conditions were nice and cool so I guess they could bowl longer spells,” he said.

“They didn’t get really tired. You can say that he (Cummins) has been the guy who as a fast bowler has challenged us in this series.”

Cummins, who suffered a series of serious injuries after shining on debut in 2011, played his second Test last week in Ranchi.

He was sent for precautionary scans then given the green light to back up. The right-armer hasn’t shown any signs of fatigue despite the quick turnaround.

“He really showed he is world class,” off-spinner Nathan Lyon said of Cummins. “Josh Hazlewood has been the same.

“The way Josh and Patty went about it was exceptional.

“They work well together and it’s great signs for Australian cricket. It’s exciting to see Patty Cummins back and bowling fast.”