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India continued to enjoy home comforts against the visiting Australians, reducing them to 237-9 in their first innings before a surprise declaration from Aussie skipper Michael Clarke resulted in the Indian openers having to face the music for a short 3 over burst late on Day 1 in Hyderabad. Clarke top scored for the Aussies, making 91, and sharing in a crucial 145 run stand with Matthew Wade (62) to rescue Australia from 63-4 to what appeared to be a fighting total at Tea time. However, India came back well in the final session to limit the Aussie total to setup this match very nicely. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravindra Jadeja were the stars for India with the ball, taking 3-wickets apiece.

Australia's luck with the coin continued for the second straight game as the visitors won the toss once again and just like in Chennai, opted to make first use of a fresh pitch in Hyderabad. India unsurprisingly opted to name an unchanged side for this game with the unfortunate Pragyan Ojha sitting out once again, this time sadly on home turf. Australia meanwhile made two changes to their side with fast bowler Mitchell Starc making way for batting allrounder Glenn Maxwell, and Nathan Lyon surprisingly axed from the squad to give Xavier Doherty a chance to impress. Doherty's inclusion was expected, but Lyon being dropped was not.

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India are on the verge of winning the first test in Chennai as they reduced the Australia to 232-9 at the close of play on Day 4. R Ashwin was the star of the show once again with the ball, taking 5 wickets in the second innings to take his match haul to 12. Earlier in the day, India extended their first innings lead to 192 and reduced Australia to 137-7 before an enterprising late assault from allrounder Moises Henriques (75) helped the visitors stave off an innings defeat. Australia currently find themselves ahead by 40 runs, and will hope that their last wicket pair continue their heroics into Day 5 to give their bowlers something to work with in the second innings to put some pressure on an Indian side that has been short of wins in recent months.

India continued to press home the advantage on the opening morning of the fourth day of the Chennai Test, extending their first innings lead to a commanding 192 runs before being bowled out. They then unleashed their spin trio on the Aussie openers, and grabbed a crucial wicket on the final ball before the lunch break to send Australia into the hutch at 34-1.

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India wrapped up their one day series against England 3-1 with a game to spare as they completed a comfortable 5-wicket win in game 4 in Mohali on Wednesday. Batting first on a strip that offered plenty to the seamers, England did well to post a competitive total of 257-7 on the back of half-centuries from Alastair Cook (76), Kevin Pietersen (76) and rookie Joe Root (57*). However, a pair of eighties from the returning Rohit Sharma (83) and a very much staple Suresh Raina (89*) saw India register a routine win as the wicket got a lot better for batting as the day progressed.

The India - England cricket carnival made its way to cold Mohali for the fourth ODI of the series on Wednesday with a rare green tinged top greeting the teams. It was definitely a bowl first kind of a wicket and it surprised no one that Skipper MS Dhoni decided to take that course of action on winning the toss. There was a change apiece for both teams with Joss Buttler taking over the gloves from the out of form Craig Kieswetter for England, while India predictably dropped Ajinkya Rahane after a series of poor scores, but shockingly brought in Rohit Sharma and not Cheteshwar Pujara as his replacement.

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