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India edge towards series win

6th January 2019, 12:29 by Bobbie Jackson

India are closing in on their first ever Test series victory in Australia after forcing the hosts to follow on in Sydney.

Australia started day four on 236-6 as they looked to respond to India’s impressive 622-7, but early wickets left them in trouble.

Pat Cummins fell on just the sixth ball of the day before Peter Handscomb followed shortly after on 37 in Sydney.

Despite a spirited fightback from the tail, Australia were all out for 300 and India captain Virat Kohli had no hesitation in asking the Baggy Greens to follow on.

The hosts ended the day, which saw only 25.2 overs of action due to rain, on 6-0 with Marcus Harris and Usman Khawaja at the crease.

"It hurts, you never want to follow on in any cricket match," said Handscomb.

"It's huge for us to push for the draw tomorrow. We've got a really good chance to shift some momentum back into our camp - not just for the one-dayers coming up but for the World Cup and the Ashes - if we can last this day and show the country, show the world, that we're not far from being a really good team."

India, who have never previously won a Test series on Australian soil, lead the series 2-1 and need just a draw to seal history.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Bobbie Jackson is a reporter with an in-depth knowledge of football at all levels. A Blackpool supporter, Bobbie is also a keen rugby union, boxing, MMA and UFC follower.

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