A familiar pattern has played itself out over the last four days.
- Dropping Ravi Ashwin against our express advice
- Dropping catches and spending two days in the field chasing leather (I can’t remember the last time we actually bowled a team out in an overseas test match. May have been the Lords test this summer – can’t help but think that was a total fluke.)
- The top order flattering to deceive yet again, getting starts but not scoring big runs (save for Virat, who should really be kicking himself for handing the momentum back to Australia at the end of Day 3. He should be getting hundreds, big hundreds, double hundreds).
- Rohit Sharma getting out to a soft shot (surprise surprise!) and all thoughts of a lead quickly evaporating.
- A spinner taking a five-for against some of the best players of spin (incidentally, he couldn’t buy a wicket in the last series against Pakistan).
- The opposition batsman piling on the runs quickly, helped by wickets off no-balls.
- Back to square one, waiting for a declaration.
Something tells me Clarke is going to declare overnight and set India 364 to win.