Australia's cricketers fought back to force the first test
against India into a fifth day and Moises Henriques says the
tourists haven't given up hope of scoring a remarkable
Australia will resume on Tuesday's final day on 9-232 with an
overall lead of just 40.
Henriques is unbeaten on 75 alongside his first-innings score
of 68 in a tremendous performance on debut in Chennai.
No 11 Nathan Lyon is on eight and they have added 57 for the
10th wicket after Australia appeared headed for an innings
defeat at 9-175.
Offspinner Ravi Ashwin has claimed 5-90 after his
seven-wicket haul in Australia's first innings.
Australia's 84-over second innings has included only three
overs of pace bowling from Ishant Sharma as Ashwin and fellow
spinners Ravindra Jadeja (2-68) and Harbhajan Singh (2-55)
exploit the crumbling red-clay pitch.
The tourists have only one frontline spinner and offspinner
Lyon had a difficult first innings, conceding 3-215.
But Henriques says Lyon and Australia's pace attack are
confident they can put India's batsmen under pressure, even
with only a small total to defend.
"MS Dhoni was able to put on 100 or 150 (140) with the guy
batting at 10, so if we come out tomorrow you just never
know, especially on a day-five wicket," Henriques said.
"Our backs are up against the wall.
"We know that especially on a wearing wicket, it's only going
to get tougher to start (for India's batsmen).
"It's that type of wicket where you almost have to
concentrate as if every ball is your first one because you
have to stay sharp and make sure you're alert for that one
that does act a little differently.
"Sometimes you will get one that you just can't do anything
India had resumed on 8-515 and were all out for 572, boosted
by Dhoni's 224, a record for an India captain.
He was one of five victims for Aussie quick James Pattinson
Australia's top order of Ed Cowan (32), Shane Watson (17) and
David Warner (23) failed to capitalise on their starts while
Phil Hughes (0) at No 4 and Michael Clarke (31) were victims
of a couple of sharp-turning deliveries.
Opener Warner batted at No 3 after a bout of gastro.
Matthew Wade (eight) was bowled attempting a slog-sweep shot
against Harbhajan and Peter Siddle (two), Pattinson (11) and
Mitchell Starc (eight) went cheaply before Australia's
fightback late on Monday.
Meanwhile, team doctor Peter Brukner announced that reserve
quick Jackson Bird would be sent home for precautionary scans
on a back injury.