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India face uphill task

Published:Saturday | December 13, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Australia's David Warner celebrates his 100 during the fourth day of their cricket Test match in Adelaide, Australia yesterday.

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP):Opener David Warner rode his luck and irritated his opponents in scoring his second century of the match yesterday while guiding Australia to 290-5 in their second innings after day four of the first Test, leading India by 363 runs.

Warner's 102 helped put Australia in a position to push for victory, and followed his first-innings score of 145.

At stumps, Steve Smith was 52 not out and wicketkeeper Brad Haddin unbeaten on 14, with a likely declaration looming overnight.

Warner, who was bowled by fast bowler Varun Aaron when on 66 but replays showed it was a no-ball, has scored six centuries this year in 11 Tests.

After two days of politeness between the teams, tempers flared when Warner was given his reprieve.

Attempting a hook shot, Warner was clean-bowled and halfway to the pavilion - with Aaron's boisterous celebrations obvious - before he was told Aaron had overstepped the crease.

Warner then imitated Aaron's cries of "come on" as he strode back to take his position at the crease. India took exception, and players on both sides congregated to discuss the exchange.

"I had a lot of luck out there, but luck's on my side at the moment," Warner said. "We've got a great total on the board now, so it's about coming out tomorrow and taking 10 wickets to win a Test."

Warner was the fifth Australian to achieve the double in Test matches twice or more, and Warner is only the second Australian to do it twice in a calendar year after Ricky Ponting in 2006. Warner made 135 and 145 against South Africa in Cape Town in March.

Warner joins Greg Chappell, Allan Border and Matthew Hayden in performing the feat twice.

The highest victorious fourth-innings Test total at the Adelaide Oval was Australia's 315-6 in 1902. India scored 445 in a loss almost 40 years ago in Adelaide.

AP