1st Test Adelaide: It was strange to see Australian opener Aaron Finch walk at the stroke of tea after the umpire raised his finger. Ravichandran Ashwin got rid of Finch and India got their first breakthrough. But, what was surprising was Finch did not even opt for the DRS when replays confirmed he had got no touch of the bat or the glove. Ashwin gave lovely flight and dip on the offie as he landed it close to the footmarks outside off. He drew Finch forward, got him committed and then extracted a good deal of turn and bounce. Aaron Finch was deceived by the spin of Ashwin. The ball which got him pitched in the same zone as other deliveries the off-spinner had bowled but turned ‘significantly’ more than all of them.
Earlier, Finch was given out in the first over of the second innings by Ishant Sharma, but Finch then had opted for the DRS, which saved him as replays showed the Indian bowler had overstepped. Finch was on duck then. India would be the more confident team going into tea, knowing the hosts still need 295 to win which will not be a cakewalk. Kohli and Co will also feel justice has been served.
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 25 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.