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Australia vs India 2014/15 - 4th Test, Day 4, Lunch: India avoid follow-on but lose Virat Kohli

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Ravichandran Ashwin helped India avoid the follow-on

Sydney, Jan 9 - India avoided the follow-on, but lost skipper Virat Kohli (147) and wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha (35) to reach 407/7, at lunch on day four of the fourth and final Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Friday.

As a result, India are trailing Australia by 165 runs at lunch on day four of the Test.

Resuming play at 342/5, chasing down Australia's mammoth first innings total of 572/7 declared, India put on 65 runs in 29 overs in the morning session, but also lost the wickets of the two overnight batsmen.

Kohli fell right at the start after adding only seven runs to the brilliant century he scored on Thursday. The captain got out in a similar fashion as he did in Melbourne when he chipped a Ryan Harris delivery to short midwicket.

Saha batted well to tackle the Australian pacers, who extracted some movement in the morning. However, the diminutive gloveman fell to a bouncer when he awkwardly gloved a Josh Hazlewood (1/58) delivery to first slip.

Ravichandran Ashwin, then, held the innings together for the visitors, scoring a fluent 33 not out, which was laden with five boundaries. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, at the other end, only added 3 runs from 39 deliveries.

The duo was at the crease when lunch was called.

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