After Ravindra Jadeja and Wriddhiman Saha helped India take a 32-run lead in the morning session of Day 3 of the fourth and final Test against Australia at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala, the hosts bowled out Australia for 137 runs to set a target of 106 runs for themselves. They ended Day 3 at 19 for no loss, needing 87 more runs to win with two two days of play remaining. (SCORECARD)
Get highlights of India vs Australia, Day 3 in Dharamsala here.
17:05 hrs IST: Hope you enjoyed our coverage. Join us again tomorrow for a riveting morning.
17:00 hrs IST: Will India be able to score the runs required in the morning session of Day 4?
16:57 hrs IST: The hosts need just 87 runs more with 10 wickets in hand to clinch the series.
16:55 hrs IST: What a brilliant day for the hosts! First they went on to take a 32-run lead and then bowled out Australia for 137 to set a 106-run target.
16:50 hrs IST: STUMPS! India need 87 runs more to win with two days of play remaining!
16:45 hrs IST: One over left in the day's play
16:42 hrs IST: Some place to play a Test
16:38 hrs IST: India are 19 for no loss at the end of 4 overs. Two more overs to go on Monday.
16:31 hrs IST: India are 15 for no loss while chasing 106
16:27 hrs IST: Three boundaries in the first over! India 12/0 in the first over while chasing 106!
16:25 hrs IST: Another four for Rahul, this time down the ground
16:23 hrs IST: Edged and four! India get off the the mark with a boundary
16:20 hrs IST: KL Rahul and Murali Vijay have taken the crease for India
16:16 hrs IST: India will bat for six overs today
16:13 hrs IST: Can Australia make a comeback from here? Very difficult from here. The hosts look set for the win
16:10 hrs IST: Australia have been bowled out for 137 meaning that India have been set a target of 106 runs
ALL OUT! Now Hazlewood is trapped in front by Ashwin and India will need 106 runs to win the Dharamsala Decider #INDvAUS— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) March 27, 2017
16:08 hrs IST: Confusion over the dismissal and Murali Vijay has returned from the pavilion
NOT OUT! The players had basically left the field after the appeal for a catch, but replay shows it hit the turf! Hazlewood survives!— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) March 27, 2017
16:06 hrs IST: Wade has taken Australia's lead beyond 100 now
16:04 hrs IST: How could Ashwin miss that catch in first slip
Dropped! Wade slashes at one from Umesh and Ashwin puts it down at first slip. Not sure what happened there?! #INDvAUS— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) March 27, 2017
16:02 hrs IST: Ashwin has dropped a sitter!!
16:00 hrs IST: Australia now lead by 99 runs
15:58 hrs IST: Australia are 122/9 with a lead of 90 runs. Matthew Wade and Josh Hazlewood at the crease
15:56 hrs IST: Umesh Yadav has bowled beautifully and has been duly rewarded with a third wicket. He has sent back Nathan Lyon for a duck!
15:55 hrs IST: Nathan Lyon is the new batsman at the crease
15:53 hrs IST: Australia are 121/8 in 50 overs!
15:51 hrs IST: OUT! Steve O'Keefe has been removed for a duck by Ravindra Jadeja who has picked up his third wicket of the day
15:50 hrs IST: That was brilliant work by Rahane in the slips earlier in the day
15:49 hrs IST: Rahane has brought back Umesh into the attack
15:47 hrs IST: Australia lead India by 89 runs
15:45 hrs IST: Steve O'Keefe has come out to replace Cummins
15:42 hrs IST: OUT! Pat Cummins has been sent back to the pavilion after batting 49 balls for his 12. Jadeja has picked up his second wicket of the innings.
15:40 hrs IST: 15 overs left in the day's play
15:37 hrs IST: Umesh Yadav is bowling beautifully here. Swinging the ball both ways
15:32 hrs IST: Drinks break in Dharamsala
15:31 hrs IST: Australia 120/6 after 46 overs
15:25 hrs IST: Australia are 115/6 after 44 overs
15:20 hrs IST: Australia have to first take this beyond 100
15:12 hrs IST: Wade and Pujara do not look like they are accelerating
15:09 hrs IST: Australia's run rate has come down after Maxwell's dismissal
15:04 hrs IST: Cummins has replaced Maxwell at the crease
15:02 hrs IST: Maxwell fell for a decent innings of 45
15:00 hrs IST: Australia at 100/6 are in deep, deep trouble
14:55 hrs IST: OUT! Glenn Maxwell is found leg before wicket! Ashwin has picked up yet another wicket
14:51 hrs IST: Glenn Maxwell and Matthew Wade at the crease for Australia
14:49 hrs IST: 100 comes up for Australia with a boundary
14:40 hrs IST: Australia are 95/5 after 28 overs
14:35 IST: Umpires call and it's not out!
14:34 IST: Big shout for LBW by Ashwin. The umpire turns it down. India have gone for the review.
14:30 IST: And the final session of the day is underway. To say Australia have a battle on their hands is an understatement.
14:20 hrs IST: Take a break we will be back soon
14:16 hrs IST: Glenn Maxwell is unbeaten on 37 but Australia are half their side down at tea.
14:14 hrs IST: That was Jadeja's first wicket of the second innings and Australia lead by 60 runs at tea
14:13 hrs IST: OUT! And that is another wicket, this time Shaun Marsh who is caught at forward short leg off Ravindra Jadeja
14:11 hrs IST: That was a 56-run partnership between Handsomb and Maxwell. In comes Shaun Marsh
14:10 hrs IST: Incredible catch by stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane just before tea
14:08 hrs IST: OUT! Ashwin has struck and removed Peter Handscomb for 18!
14:04 hrs IST: Sharp turn and bounce immediately for Ashwin. Wicket before tea?
14:01 hrs: R Ashwin into the attack now
13:58 hrs IST: Australia have now recovered from the early collapse and lead India by 50 runs
13:53 hrs IST: Australia 73/3 after 20 overs in their second innings on Day 3
13:48 hrs IST: 40-run partnership between Handscomb and Maxwell though the latter has been the real aggressor.
13:43 hrs IST: Handscomb and Maxwell have put together a 36-run partnership
13:37 hrs IST: Huge SIX by Maxwell and Kuldeep Yadav immediately under pressure
13:32 hrs IST: Hero of Day 1 Kuldeep Yadav comes in to roll over his arm!
13:28 hrs IST: Handscomb and Maxwell are scoring in boundaries here because of the open field
13:26 hrs IST: Umesh Yadav on the other hand has been the most successful pace bowler of the series with 16 scalps. His nearest competitor is Josh Hazlewood, who is way behind with 9 wickets
13:24 hrs IST: Steve Smith, who looked good at the crease before getting out for 17, finished with 499 runs in the series - the most by any batsman from the sides. He also scored three centuries, again the most by any batsman
13:20 hrs IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav have been on fire in the post-lunch session!
13:18 hrs IST: And Australia are 33/3 to lead India by 1 run
13:17 hrs IST: Peter Handscomb and Glenn Maxwell are at the crease and both are batting on 0!
13:15 hrs IST: Australia are 32/3 now and the scores are level!
13:12 hrs IST: Australia are 31/3!
13:10 hrs IST: Matt Renshaw is caught for 8!
13:07 hrs IST: Umesh and Bhuvneshwar are on fire! The former has removed Matt Renshaw now!
13:04 hrs IST: Australia are 31/2, trailing the hosts by only one run
13:02 hrs IST: Smith played on and got bowled to finish the four-Test series at 499 runs!
13:00 hrs IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar has struck and removed the big wicket! Steve Smith is OUT!
12:55 hrs IST: Umesh Yadav's wicket of David Warner remains the only success so far for the hosts in the afternoon session.
12:49 hrs IST: Australia are 16/1 at the end of 5 overs, trailing India by 16 runs
12:47 hrs IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar is swinging the ball well
12:45 hrs IST: This drop did not cost India much though
12:43 hrs IST: Australia captain Steve Smith has come in and four immediately!
12:40 hrs IST: Umesh Yadav has struck! He has removed David Warner for only 6! The left-hander is caught behind
12:34 hrs IST: Dropped! Karun Nair it is! You cannot be dropping these at international level!
DROPPED! Just like the first ball of the Test, Nair has put down Warner in the cordon! How big will that be?! #INDvAUS— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) March 27, 2017
12:32 hrs IST: Oooh! That was a hard one at Warner's shoulder!
12:30 hrs IST: First ball for Umesh Yadav and David Warner and the latter slashes hard at the wide ball for a four through point
12:27 hrs IST: Four! Three slips and a gully and the ball yet manages to find the gap after being edged by Renshaw
12:24 hrs IST: Matt Renshaw and David Warner have come out to bat for the visitors for the last time in this series
12:20 hrs IST: Welcome to the live blog after the break and we are ready to go for Australia's second innings
12:00 hrs IST: Take a break, we will be back in some time.
11:55 hrs IST: Stat attack
11:50 hrs IST: And that is lunch on Day 3
11:45 hrs IST: Pat Cummins also picked a crucial 3/94!
11:43 hrs IST: India had three half-centurions - Jadeja 63, Rahul 60 and Pujara 57 while Nathan Lyon picked up yet another five-wicket haul to finish with 5/92!
11:39 hrs IST: Kuldeep is OUT and India have been bowled out for 332 to take a 32-run first innings lead over Australia
11:33 hrs IST: Kuldeep Yadav is batting well for a No.10. He has a first class century to his name and averages a decent 29.
11:29 hrs IST: First run for Kuldeep Yadav in Test cricket and India are 325/9
11:28 hrs IST: Three wickets in 3 overs for Australia!
11:27 hrs IST: And Saha is out for 31! "Nasty delivery," says Ravi Shastri, referring to Pat Cummins' lethal bouncer and a brilliant catch by Smith in the second slip
11:26 hrs IST: India are 318/8 now
11:25 hrs IST: And Bhuvneshwar is OUT for a duck!
11:24 hrs IST: That was a 96-run partnership between Saha and Jadeja - the biggest one for India in this match
11:20 hrs IST: That was a very important knock from Ravindra Jadeja
11:18 hrs IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar has come out to replace Jadeja
11:16 hrs IST: BOWLED! Jadeja has played on and Pat Cummins is finally successful in picking Jadeja's wicket!
GOT HIM! Jadeja chops on and Cummins gets the much-needed breakthrough. Gone for an impressive 63, India 7-317 #INDvAUS— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) March 27, 2017
11:15 hrs IST: Jadeja is India's highest scorer in the Dharamsala Test going past KL Rahul's 60
11:10 hrs IST: Stat attack: Ravindra Jadeja is one of only 3 players to score 500+ runs and take 50+ wickets in a season after Kapil Dev in 1979-80 and Mitchell Johnson in 2008-09.
11:07 hrs IST: SIX! Top-edgish shot and the ball travels over fine leg for maximum!
11:04 hrs IST: Short ball from Cummins and Jadeja pulls it for a four towards the deep mid-wicket boundary
11:00 hrs IST: And Jadeja flares his bat like a sword once again! Very good innings from the all-rounder who is also the World No.1 bowler in Tests
10:55 hrs IST: And Ravindra Jadeja brings up his seventh Test half-century and second of the series! Lovely innings at a crucial time from the southpaw
10:50 hrs IST: And India have taken the lead in the match! India are now 301/6!
10:45 hrs IST: If he scores five more runs, Jadeja will score his second half-century of the series.
10:40 hrs IST: Ravindra Jadeja is nearing his seventh Test half-century
10:35 hrs IST: And it is drinks break!
10:30 hrs IST: India have survived the first hour of play without losing a wicket
10:25 hrs IST: India are only 15 runs behind Australia's total of 300
10:18 hrs IST: India are 279/6 after playing 100 overs!
Four more runs for Saha to finish the 100th over and India now trail by just 21 runs with four wickets in hand... #INDvAUScricket.com.au (@CricketAus) March 27, 2017
10:16 hrs IST: Two quick boundaries for India
10:14 hrs IST: 1000 Test runs for Wriddhiman Saha & 50-run partnership with Ravindra Jadeja comes up at the same time
10:11 hrs IST: India are 269/6 after 99 overs!
10:09 hrs IST: Huge SIX from the willow of Jadeja, the first of the morning!
10:04 hrs IST: Jadeja too is leaving the difficult deliveries quite eloquently
10:01 hrs IST: Short and fast! Cummins is keeping Jadeja on his toes!
09:58 hrs IST: India now trail Australia by 41 runs
09:53 hrs IST: Cummins is bowling beautifully, beating the bat on most occasions.
09:50 hrs IST: India are 255/6 after 95 overs
09:39 hrs IST: FOUR! That is a beautiful straight drive!
09:37 hrs IST: The ball is moving around and Jadeja is not looking too good, getting beaten regularly
09:36 hrs IST: Jadeja practicing some in the morning. How many is he going to add to his score?
09:35 hrs IST: Virat Kohli always in the midst of things
09:33 hrs IST: Jadeja reviews in immediately and the reviews show that he is not out! Jadeja's bat had hit his pad!
NOT OUT! What a start to the day. Jadeja with the successful review after being given out caught behind first ball of the day #INDvAUScricket.com.au (@CricketAus) March 27, 2017
09:32 hrs IST: Pat Cummins to bowl the first delivery and Jadeja is given out!!! What a start for Australia
09:31 hrs IST: And it is time to play!
09:30 hrs IST: Wriddhiman Saha and Ravindra Jadeja out there for India. The hosts are batting at 248/6 in 91 overs. The Australian team also comes out. Play about to begin.
09:29 hrs IST: This has been a good pitch so far and here is how it looks before the start of play
09:28 hrs IST: And this is what the Australian team was doing right before the start of Day 3
09:27 hrs IST: And that is Glenn Maxwell practicing the reverse sweep
09:25 hrs IST: Every time you look at it, you say: "What a place to play cricket!"
09:22 hrs IST: And by the looks of it, Australia are expecting to bat early
09:20 hrs IST: The team, even with the smallest of leads, will have the advantage in this Test
09:17 hrs IST: This is going to be a very crucial session for both the visitors and the hosts
09:13 hrs IST: Good morning and welcome to the live blog of fourth and final Test between India and Australia at Dharamsala
Playing a batsman short, opener Lokesh Rahul's indiscretion cost India dearly. The hosts never got the required momentum after Rahul's ill-timed pull-shot off a Pat Cummins bouncer. He scored 60 off 124 balls.
Cheteshwar Pujara (57) and Ajinkya Rahane (46) also got starts before Nathan Lyon snuffed them out, extracting sharp bounce from the pitch.
India were comfortably placed at 108 for one before Rahul's dismissal and could have pushed for a big lead but are now struggling to level the scores.
After probing spells by the new ball bowlers Josh Hazlewood (1/40) and Pat Cummins (1/59), it was off-spinner Lyon(4/67), who tormented the middle-order was once again in the final session of the day which belonged to Australia.