Dharamsala, March 27 : Nearing the end of the 3rd day of the fourth and final test between India and Australia, it would be safe to say that the Indian team led by AjinkyaRahane has wrested complete control of the match by dismissing more than half the Australian side, including their in-form skipper Steven Smith.
Eight overs into the tea break, Australia are108/6 in their second innings, leading the hosts by 76 runs.
Glenn Maxwell (37 off 48 balls) and Peter Handscomb (18) showed positive intent with a 56-run partnership for the fourth wicket before their downfall put the hosts firmly on course for a series clinching win.
India had initially scored 332 in their first innings courtesy RavindraJadeja s 63, taking a 32-run first innings lead in the process.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who till the post-lunch session had had an average Test match, for once got lucky when Smith tried to pull a short delivery only to get a bottom edge that knocked back his off-stump.
While he was at the crease, Smith looked in ominous touch having hit three boundaries in his 17 before his dismissal left him one short of a series aggregate of 500 runs.
It was UmeshYadav (2/22 in 6 overs), India s best fast bowler in recent times, who looked menacing on a bouncy pitch troubling both the openers. After a few bouncers, Umesh cleverly pitched it up to get enough away movement to kiss David Warner's (6) bat on way to the safe hands of keeper WriddhimanSaha.
Warner (8) survived a drop at third slip when the thickish edge off a Bhuvneshwar delivery was grassed by Karun Nair standing at third slip. But hedidn t last long as Umesh got one to rear up and deviate enough, forcing the big southpaw give Saha his second catch of the innings.
So far, with Australia having lost 6 wickets with only 109 runs in their tow on the 3rd day, India looks comfortably on the pathway to victory in this final test match and subsequently, the series.