Australia vs India 1st Test Day 4: Warner’s century and Lyon’s five-for puts Australia back in charge

Warner leaps in the air after scoring his 11th Test century

Warner leaps in the air after scoring his 11th Test century

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Australia opening batsman David Warner scored his second century of the match and spinner Nathan Lyon picked up a five-wicket haul to put the Baggy Greens back in charge against India on the fourth day of the first Test in Adelaide.

Warner and Lyon were well supported by batsman Steven Smith, who made an unbeaten 52.

Starting out the day on 369/5, India batsman Rohit Sharma and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha converted their two-run partnership into a 32-run partnership before Sharma was caught and bowled by Lyon for 43.

Debutant Karn Sharma only made four runs before he was clean bowled by Peter Siddle.

Saha went on to score 25 runs before he was caught by Shane Watson at first slip off the bowling of Lyon.

Lyon struck again just two balls later when Ishant Sharma was caught by Smith at short leg for a duck.

India were bowled out for 444, which gave Australia a 73-run lead, when Mohammed Shami was caught by Watson at first slip off the bowling of Siddle for 34.

Lyon was the pick of the bowlers for taking his sixth five-wicket haul, while Siddle and Mitchell Johnson snapped up two wickets apiece and Ryan Harris chipped in with one.

Lyon finished with figures of 5-134 off 36 overs

Lyon finished with figures of 5-134 off 36 overs

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With a 73-run lead in hand, Australia got off to a poor start as opening batsman Chris Rogers was caught by Rohit Sharma at midwicket off the bowling of Karn Sharma for 21.

Warner and Watson made up for the early loss of Rogers with a 102-run partnership, during which Warner brought up his half-century, before Watson was cleaned up by Shami for 33.

Australia captain Michael Clarke scored seven runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Varun Aaron.

Warner ended up scoring 102, which came off 166 balls and included 11 boundaries and a six, before he was clean bowled by Karn Sharma.

Smith and Mitchell Marsh stabilised the innings with a 53-run partnership before Marsh was caught by Murali Vijay at long-on off the bowling of Rohit Sharma for a quickfire 40.

Smith and Brad Haddin managed to amass an unbeaten 24-run partnership, during which Smith registered his half-century, before stumps was called.

Smith finished on 52 off 64 balls, which included five boundaries, while Haddin remained undefeated on 14 off 15 deliveries, which included two boundaries.

Smith hit five boundaries during his unbeaten knock of 52

Smith hit five boundaries during his unbeaten knock of 52

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Karn Sharma was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Shami, Aaron and Rohit Sharma claimed one wicket each.

Australia ended day four on 290/5 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 23:30 GMT.

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