1st Test Adelaide: Ishant Sharma could not have been more unlucky, he got Australian opener Aaron Finch leg before wicket, but the review confirmed he had overstepped and it was a ‘no-ball’. Finch had his heart in his mouth when the umpire raised his finger. He had a word with Harris and went for the review. Replays showed Ishant did not have any part of his feet behind the line and hence it saved Finch from getting a pair in the 1st Test. Ishant had Finch completely bamboozled with this inswinger, so much that he was initially looking to leave it alone. The bat came across very late, almost as an afterthought. Would’ve clipped the leg-bail so umpire’s call would have stood, if not for the no-ball.
In the first innings, it was Ishant who castled Finch’s stumps in the first over with a late inswinger. Finch has some serious issues when it comes to playing the ball coming in and it seems India has spotted the loophole in the opener’s technique. It would now be interesting to see if Finch makes India pay for it or does he not make the most of the let off.
Earlier in the day, thanks to brilliant knocks from Pujara (71) and Rahane (70), India set Australia a daunting 323 to win. Such a target has never been chased by the hosts at the venue. The highest chase at the venue by Australia is 315 against England in 1902.
Meanwhile, a minimum of 50 overs still left to be played in the day, India will have 140 overs tentatively to bowl out the hosts. India will fancy getting at least three or four tonight.