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India roll Aust for 300, enforce follow-on

India are pushing for a 3-1 Test series victory over Australia, enforcing the follow-on after taking a first-innings lead of 322 runs at the SCG.

India roll Aust for 300, enforce follow-on

India are pushing for a 3-1 Test series victory over Australia, enforcing the follow-on after taking a first-innings lead of 322 runs at the SCG.

As the metaphoric dark clouds enveloping Australian cricket grew more menacing, gloomy weather provided more resistance to India than most of the home side's batsmen at the SCG.

Virat Kohli's team enforced the follow-on after snatching a first-innings lead of 322 runs on day four of the fourth Test, marking the first time Australia had been asked to bat again in a home Test since 1988.


Australia, rolled for 300 in their first dig, reached 0-6 in their second innings on Sunday when bad light prompted an early tea break and ruined any hope of further play.

It's the first time any team has had the option of asking Australia to follow on twice in a home summer.

Australia, reeling from a record three-consecutive declarations this series, gave up their biggest first-innings deficit at the famed venue since 1936.

Kohli will inflict unprecedented ignominy when he becomes the first man to lead India to a Test series win in Australia, ending a barren streak that dates back to 1948.

The only question is whether Australia will salvage a draw on Monday or the tourists will complete a crushing 3-1 series victory.

"We can really take some confidence out of tomorrow if we can last this day, show the country and the world that we're not far off clicking and being a really, really good team," Peter Handscomb said.

"This movement can really start tomorrow. We know that as a batting group.

"We've obviously got a really, really good chance to shift some momentum back into our camp. Not just for the one-dayers coming up but also the World Cup and the Ashes."

Wet weather and bad light meant only 25.2 overs were possible on day four but it was more than enough play for India to enhance their standing in a contest they had controlled from the moment Kohli called correctly at the toss.

Sunday's morning session was washed out and play eventually started at 1:49pm.

Australia, resuming at 6-236, quickly lost 3-22 a day after their top order folded in a collapse of 3-24.

Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, who was dropped on zero, combined for a final-wicket stand of 42 that spanned 14 overs but only delayed the inevitable.

"This is a great opportunity for us to make it 3-1 ... that's huge motivation for us," India's bowling coach Bharat Arun said.

Recalled tweaker Kuldeep Yadav finished with figures of 5-99.

Left-arm spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Yadav did the bulk of the damage on day three, but it was quicks Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah who made early inroads with the second new ball.

Shami's third ball of the day kept low and scooted underneath Pat Cummins' bat, uprooting off stump.

Bumrah needed just four balls at Handscomb to remove the recalled batsman for 37, tempting him to play a delivery outside off that took the inside edge and dislodged the bails.

Yadav trapped Nathan Lyon lbw for a fifth-ball duck then ended the innings by trapping Hazlewood lbw with a wrong'un.

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