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Ganguly: "To see an Australia team on the backfoot against Indian fast bowling is a great sign"

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Monday said that it was refreshing to see Indian pacers led by Umesh Yadav put pressure on Australia in the ongoing series, adding that Yadav has been bowling really well.

The pacer has picked up 17 wickets from 4 Tests, including the three wickets he took on day three in Dharamsala to help India stay within sniffing distance of a 2-1 series win. India now need 87 runs to win after the tourists were bundled out for a meagre 137 in their second innings.

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Ravindra Jadeja: "I just told Wade, once you lose and are free, we will have dinner together,"

Indian cricketer Ravindra Jadeja on Monday said he asked Australian wicketkeeper Mathew Wade to have dinner with him once the Aussies lose to India in the fourth Test at the HPCA stadium in Dharamsala.

The duo were involved in intense sledging while Wade was batting. Wade remained 25 not out at stumps as the Aussies crumbled to 137 all out. India require another 87 runs for victory after they were 19/0 after batting for six overs in the second innings.

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R Ashwin: "It was magical"

India's premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Monday heaped praises on Ravindra Jadeja and Wriddhiman Saha for their gritty knocks that helped the hosts to take a 32-run lead over Australia in the first innings.

Resuming the Day Three of the fourth and Fenal Test here on MOnday at 248/6, overnight batsmen Ravindra Jadeja (63) and Wriddhiman Saha (31) added 69 runs to take India past 300-run mark.

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India 87 runs away from winning Border - Gavaskar Trophy

India's bowlers put up a spirited show on the third day of the fourth and final cricket Test against Australia in Dharamsala on Monday to give the hosts an advantage that could well clinch them the four-match series.

Pacer Umesh Yadav and the spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja scalped three wickets each while medium-pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar took the one wicket that mattered most to restrict Australia to 137 in the second innings - and set a 106-run target for clinching the final cricket Test match.

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Morne Morkel joins 250 Test wickets club

Morne Morkel will remember the day of his 250th Test wicket as one of hard toil and grit on day three of the third Test match against New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Monday. The lanky seamer became the sixth South African bowler to reach the milestone, joining Shaun Pollock (421), Dale Steyn (417), Makhaya Ntini (390), Allan Donald (330) and Jacques Kallis (291) on the all-time wicket-takers list.

Morkel had a successful debut as a fresh 22-year-old against an Indian line-up boasting batting superstars in Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Sourav Ganguly and MS Dhoni, and 11 years on he is faced with another daunting challenge in the form of a rescue-mission to help the Proteas keep the Test match alive with two days to play.

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