Sydney: Rain became the game changer on the fifth day of fourth series between India and Australia. India took a stranglehold on the final test in Sydney as they forced Australia to follow on at home for the first time in 30 years. Australia was on the field for a day to cling on for a draw.
The last day started almost four hours late due to rain, with the home team resuming on 236 for six after lunch in reply to India’s thumping first innigings 622/7 declared.
But needing a win to level the four match series, Australia crumbled to 300 all out, compounding the misery after some soft dismissalds by the top order as they stare down the barrel of defeat.
Indian captain Virat Kohli sent them straight back into bat- the first time Australia have been asked to follow on at home since Mike Gatting England did the same in 1988, also in Sydney.