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India stutter to 266-8 as Lyon-hearted effort evens out the contest

The fourth and final test between India and Australia in Delhi is tantalizingly poised with the hosts eking out a negligible 4 run lead at the end of Day 2 with 2 wickets still in hand. The Australian tail continued to wag this morning, and took their score to 262 before India got their turn with the bat. The Indian openers Murali Vijay (57) and Cheteshwar Pujara (52) both made half-centuries and posted a century stand before off-spinner Nathan Lyon spun the game Australia's way. Ravindra Jadeja's 43 late in the day helped India squeeze out a lead, but Lyon struck with the last ball of the day to take a 5-fer to keep the game very much in the balance.

India needed almost 40 minutes on Saturday morning to wrap up the Australian innings with Peter Siddle falling shortly after bringing up what was an excellent half-century, bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin having played down the wrong line. Ashwin picked up yet another 5-wicket haul, his 9th in India.

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Shillingford bowls Windies to easy win against Zimbabwe

Shane Shillingford wrote his name in the record books again, as West Indies crushed Zimbabwe by an innings and 65 runs in the second Test on Friday. The result meant that the Windies swept the two-Test series, putting together a streak of six Test wins for the first time in 25 years. It also followed clean sweeps in the preceding series of three One-day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals.

Shillingford grabbed 5-34 from 15 overs, as the Zimbabweans – trailing by 206 on first innings – were bowled out for 141 in their second innings in the second hour after lunch on the third day at Windsor Park.

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Australian tail salvage pride, end day 1 in Delhi at 231-8

An excellent rearguard effort by the Australian tailenders helped the visitors post a semi-respectable 231-8 on the opening day of the fourth and final test of the series in Delhi. After sharing the honours in the first session, India stormed into the ascendancy by taking 5 wickets for 58 runs in the middle session as the Indian spinners ran riot over the Australian middle order. Steve Smith (46) and Peter Siddle (47*) shared an invaluable 53 run stand for the 8th wicket before Siddle shared another excellent partnership with James Pattinson (11*) to see Australia through to the close of play.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni was joined at the toss by the returning Shane Watson, who was rushed back into the team in place of the injured Michael Clarke, thus captaining the test side for the first time in his illustrious career. Clarke's luck with the coin rubbed off on Watson, who made it four straight tosses for the visiting Australians. Watson made the predictable decision to bat first on the usually low and slow Delhi track.

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Clarke out of Delhi Test, Watson to skipper Australia

Shane Watson will become Australia’s 44th Test captain today after Michael Clarke was withdrawn from the fourth and final Test against India with a back injury.

Watson said it was an honour to be appointed to the role; “It’s really a dream come true to be asked to captain your country. I’ve captained some one-day internationals, but to be asked to captain a Test will be the ultimate honour.

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Chanderpaul and Gayle push Windies to huge lead against Zimbabwe

Shivnarine Chanderpaul was made to work hard for his 28th Test century but was quite satisfied with his performance against Zimbabwe on the second day of the second Test match at Windsor Park.

Chanderpaul scored 108 – his third century in four matches – following 150 not out against Bangladesh in Dhaka and 203 not out against Bangladesh in Khulna last December. It was also his second century at Windsor Park. Back in 2011 he made 116 not out against India and last year followed up with 68 and 69 against Australia.

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