David Warner hits another hundred as Australia stretch lead over India

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David Warner's second hundred of the match gave Australia a commanding second innings lead against India on day four of the first Test in Adelaide.

The opener, who made 145 in the first innings, hit an assured 102 to notch up an 11th Test hundred as Australia finished on 290-5, and crucially with a lead of 363. Steven Smith backed up his century on day two with an unbeaten 52, while Mitchell Marsh hit a quick-fire 40 - consisting of four boundaries and three sixes - in a pushing assault.

Karn Sharma claimed the prize wicket of Warner for the second time in the match, and also saw off Chris Rogers, but his 16 overs were expensive, leaking nearly 100 runs. Pace bowlers Mohammed Shami and Varun Aaron claimed one each, while part-time bowler Rohit Sharma, ended Marsh's assault. 


Earlier in the day India resumed on 369-5, following Virat Kohli's hundred on Thursday, but collapsed once Rohit Sharma was dismissed after nearly an hour's play. Spinner Nathan Lyon claimed an impressive five-wicket haul, his first against India at home - a feat not even achieved by Shane Warne - as India succumbed to 444 all out, despite a late blitz from Shami. Bouncing back from a forgettable effort yesterday, Peter Siddle also picked up two wickets.

Tempers frayed on more than one occasion on a heated day at the Adelaide Oval, Kohli twice involved in confrontations, firstly after Warner was bowled off a no-ball, and secondly after an exchange between Smith and Rohit.


With one day left in the match, Australia have wrestled control but face a tough task in winning it, the pitch still good for batting. Bold captaincy from Michael Clarke could see them declare overnight, dangling a carrot in the form of a 364-run chase.

However, it is more likely they will look to add some brisk runs tomorrow morning to end any chance of an Indian victory, before giving themselves 80 overs or so to bowl them out. India's frailties with the bat overseas in recent times, could make for a nervy afternoon if the senior batsmen fail. 

The final day's play will begin at 10am local time. 

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