Siddle continues to give all the energy he has in the last session of this Test match. He will bowl until he can not phisically bowl anymore for his side. The bowler is refusing to lie down and is making both batsmen work very hard for every run. Pujara manufactures a drive on the up and collects another four runs. He looks in very good form.
Pujara works Doherty through square-leg for a single to bring up the 50 for India. Kholi plays another text book drive with the spin of the left-arm orthodox bowler and picks up a boundary before stealing the strike with a single off the last ball of the over.
Siddle is in the line of fire as Pujara straight drives a full delivery into the bowler's leg. Australia need to consistenly pick up wickets in order to keep their spirits up. If a partnership puts on 30 or 40 runs, the heads of the fielders might just drop as they stare defeat in the face.
Doherty is tossing the ball up, asking the batsmen to drive. Kholi accepts the invitation and gets off the mark with an off-drive for four.
The wicket has spurred the Australians on, as some superb fielding stops a certain boundary and almost causes some confusion in the running between the wickets. A second tight over in a row goes by as India consolidate after the loss of their first wicket.
WICKET. Doherty has Vijay stumped as the batsmen came down the wicket and looked to go over extra cover. Kholi is the new man to the crease. Kholi starts watchfully as the wicket maiden is completed. Hopefully India continue to attack even if a few wickets fall because if they decide to accept a draw then this could turn into a rather dull final session.
Vijay starts the Siddle over with a crisp stroke through mid-wicket for four. Pujara takes strike and shows that he can also play through the leg-side as another boundary see's the scoring rate increases.
Doherty delivers the first over after lunch. He is worked for singles at will, like the middle overs of an ODI. India now require 100 runs to win. The final ball of the over catches the inside edge, hits the pad and is caught at slip. The umpire however is unmoved. A lucky escape for Pujara.
Tea has been called on the final day of the third Test. India will have between 28 and 30 overs in the final session to score the 103 runs they require for victory. If the first seven overs of the innings can be used as a yard stick, then the Indian's should be able to chase down the runs without too much hassle. Australia will need some quick wickets after the break in order to cause some nerves in the Indian camp. It appears that India will complete a comfortable win in the final session, but we will have to see if a strange result can get thrown up again by this game that is famous for being so unpredictable.
Siddle is giving nothing away as he has found a good line and length. Pujara is solid though and in no rush as he waits for a slightly short delivery that he eases through point for four.
Lyon's over was used to change ends for the quicks. Starc is back into the attack and will look for more swing from this end. Vijay slashes a wide delivery over point for another boundary. the opening batsman is in a hurry to knock of the runs required.
Siddle has changed ends and is back at the batsmen. Vijay confidently plays out a tight over with the ball seemingly attracted to the middle of his broad bat.
Australia are deviating from their traditional strength of fast bowling as off-spin is introduced into the attack. Lyon may be used just for one over to switch ends for the quicks. Six runs are easily taken from Lyon's first over as the gulf in class of the two teams spinners is made clear.
Starc bowls to Vijay who looks like a million dollars after two hundreds in the last two Tests. Starc has dragged his length back in his second over which allows variable bounce to come into play but doesnt allow the ball as much time to swing. Striving for the swing, he pitches full and is dispatched through straight mid-wicket for a boundary.
Siddle shares the new ball. He is a very competitive character and will make India work hard for every run. Siddle starts with a maiden.
Starc is given the new ball and he will be nice and warm after his impressive innings. There is swing immediately, but it swings into the middle of Vijay's bat and races throughs quare-leg for four. India's chase is under way with 10 off the first over.
Australia have managed to compile a lead of 132. India will need to score 133 runs this afternoon to win the Test match and take a 3-0 lead in the four match series.
WICKET. Jadeja has made the breakthrough. Starc is caught by one of the vultures around the bat.
Ashwin beats Starc's outside edge with some vicious turn, but this last wicket partnership continues to grind out time and runs.
Doherty reaches his highest Test score with a lofted drive down the ground for four. The lead is now 131.
Ashwin tries something different by throwing it up and attempting to bowl the batsman behind his legs. Starc responds by playing against the spin through mid-wicket for four.
Jadeja is getting a chance to finish off the innings, so the pace bowlers have been removed in a hurry by Dhoni. Starc keeps the score ticketing over with a push into the covers for two.
Spin has been called on once again as Ashwin gets a chance to extract some bounce with this new, hard ball. Doherty, growing in stature, plays out the maiden.
Starc's confidence in Doherty is growing rapidly as he is now taking singles of the first ball of the Kumar over. Doherty repays this faith by cracking a cut for four more runs. The indians might just start to be getting a little worried about this growing lead.
Sharma shares the new ball and immediately gives Starc a single so that he can attack Doherty for the next five deliveries. The number 11 plays a lovely cover drive and the resulting boundary brings up the 200 for Australia. The lead has now swelled to 112.
The new ball is taken and as expected, Kumar is back into the attack. He is used as a new ball specialist by Dhoni and will be looking to snare his fourth wicket of the innings. The first signs of conventional swing is deal with rather easily by the batsmen who look more confident against the pace bowler.
The new ball has not been taken as Ashwin continues with what is now a very tired and ragged looking ball. Doherty manages to survive another over and is doing a good job of keeping Starc company in the middle.
The new ball will be available after this Tendulkar over. If the batsmen survive Sachin's all-sorts, then Kumar might get his first bowl of the day.
Ashwin bowls to a very assured looking Starc. After four deliveries Starc takes the single as he is successfully farming the bowling in this final partnership of the innings.
Tendulkar is into the attack and the reasonably small crown gives an almighty cheer. This is a ploy from Dhoni to buy a wicket as he feels that they will not be able to resist attack the little master.
Ashwin has changed ends and is giving the ball plenty of air. The tail enders usually cant resist having a dip at a spinner who gives the ball a little flight.
Jadeja is now into the attack as Dhoni is trying everything to capture this last wicket. Another over is negotiated by the Australians as they are starting to frustrate India.
The Sharma experiment lasted just one over and now Ojha is back into the attack. The over yields just a single.
Ashwin continues to Starc who is looking every bit a batsman. If Australia can turn him into a regular all-rounder then it will allow them to field a more balanced team. Doherty edges the ball between the two slips and is off the mark with a boundary.
Sharma is back into the attack to try and clean up the innings. Starc is beaten outside the off-stump as the ball is starting to reverse consistantly. It may be worth Starc trying to attack the bowlers and to score a few runs before Doherty is dismissed.
WICKET. Ashwin traps Haddin lbw with his delivery that pitches in line with the stumps and just straightens. Doherty is the new batsmen for Australia.
Ojha is aiming at the large rough areas outside Starc's off-stump. It should just be a matter of time until one explodes out of the rough. The batsmen will need their fair share of luck in order to survive.
Ashwin is extracting a lot of spin from the pitch, but the batsmen are waiting for the ball nicely off the slow pitch and are knocking into the gaps.
Ojha is too full after lunch and is driven for four by haddin. The indians will not mind the batsman driving however because there is plenty of turn available and the edge could easily be brought into play.
Starc takes guard again after lunch and will face Ashwin. A couple singles off the first over of the second session will help the batsmen to settle in for what needs to be a long partenrship.
The first session was characterised by an alarming over rate. The indian team managed to bowl 46 overs in the morning session, which saw the match move forward at a rate of knots. The spinners strangled the Australian batsmen and picked up five wickets, to leave Australia on 170 for eight. The lead is just 79, but the positive that Australia can take from the session is that Haddin and Starc, the current batsmen at the wicket, are looking untroubled. The two batsmen will have to bat out the majority of the next session for Australia to have a chance of saving this match. If there is an early wicket after the break, then the match will probably be decided without the third session even being required.
Ojha has replaced Sharma as the pace bowler was given another very short spell. Haddin is showing some great fighting spirit as he negotiates another maiden.
Ashwin is back into the attack. India will be looking to make at least one more breakthrough just before the lunch break which is approaching rapidly. The batsmen have milked the singles with ease this over.
Sharma beats Starc outside the off-stump as the first signs of reverse swing are exploited by the bowler. Sharma has found his range and is making life difficult for Starc who manages to bat out the maiden.
Haddin starts the Ojha over with a square drive for four. The lead is now 76 and India will start to be thinking about what would be a total that they would be comfortable to chase this afternoon.
Sharma finda a thick outside edge which travels to thrid-man for a single and brings Haddin onto strike. Haddin responds with a single of his own. These two batsmen look as comfortable as any that have been at the crease today.
Starc patiently plays out another Ojha over, taking a single to end the over and retain strike.
Sharma is back into the attack. He will be looking for the reverse swing that proved so effective in the fdirst innings. He strays onto the pads and Haddin accepts the gift by helping himself to a boundary through mid-wicket.
Ojha continues to toss the ball up, looking to entice a false stroke. the bowler looks to try something different and drags it down. Starc jumps on it and cuts to earn his first boundary.
ashwin lets Starc off strike at the start of the over which will frustrate the off-spinner who would prefer to turn the ball away from the bat.
Dhoni is really mixing up his bowling options as Ojha replaces Jadeja. The spinner is givingt he ball plenty of air, inviting Haddin to go over the top. Haddin resists andam aiden is the result.
Ashwin is now back into the attack with the arrivalo f the left handed Starc. Starc is immediately off the mark. Haddin shows aggression as he plays a slog sweep which earns him four runs.
Jadeja continues to Haddin. The newm an to the crease is Australia's hero from the first inning, Starc. Another maiden comes and goes.
Ojha is back into the attack this is a good move as the right hand batsmen will have to hit against the turn if they continue to be aggressive. Siddle goes long down the ground and hits a straight six. There is plenty of action with wickets and runs coming in a hurry. WICKET. Siddle is clean bowled.
Haddin now joins the party as he hits Jadeja over the top for a boundary. It looks as if the batsmen have decided to fight fire with fire because they have realised that they will not be able to simply survive.
Siddle realises that Australia need some runs on the board if they are going to have any chance in this match. He lofts Ashwin down the ground and picks up four runs for his team.
WICKET. Jadeja has struck again ans Henriques is caught and bowled by the left-arm spinner. Siddle is the new player in the middle. There is almost an appeal a ball now and it looks as if this match could be coming to an end.
Ashwin is worked for a couple of singles to get the respective batsmen going. All of a sudden things are happening and there seems to be a great deal of turn for the spinners.
Henriques has come in and is techniques is clearly different. He is using his height to get as far forward as possiblei n an attempt to smother the spin.
Hughes consistently plays off the back foot. Ashwin tries to go fuller and as a results delivers a full toss which Hughes clips for four. WICKET. Ashwin has trapped Hughes lbw, which brings Henriques to the wicket.
Haddin faces up to Jadeja. The wicket-keeper is naturally a very attacking batsman. He has started very carefully though, as he see's out a maiden to start.
Ashwin is back into the attack and Haddin is the new man to the crease. Big turn beats Hughes outside off-stump. The batsman see's out another maiden.
Jadeja is attcking Hughes' stumps as always. He never lets the batsmen rest as every ball needs to be played. WICKET. Jadeja has got Clarke once again. The inside edge onto the pad has been taken at short-leg.
Hughews takes a single which will break the string of maidens that India has put together. Clarke defents the rest of the over and looks more comfortable at Ojha's end.
The runs have dried up but for the batsman, time spent at the crease is just as important as scoring runs. So the Australians won't be too unhappy as another maiden passes.
Hughes is wrapped on the pads by Ojha, but the batsman is making sure that he gets outside the line of the off-stump, so that lbw is taken out of the equation. It is difficult for the batsman though as the ball is really spitting out of the rough.
Jadeja has Clarke in his sights as he looks to continue his run of dismissing the Australian skipper. A testing maiden is well negotiated by the batsman.
Hughes is camping on the back foot against Ojha. He is waiting for the slow turn off the surface and then adjusts if the ball behaves unusually. The lead is 26 and growing slowly.
Jadeja finds the outside edge of Clarke's bat. It runs away all along the ground for a boundary. Another Jadeja over is completed in the blink of an eye.
The two left-arm spinners are asking different questions of the batsmen as they are bowling with different speeds and flight. Both batsmen seem to have found a nice zone and concentration is high.
Consecutive singles off Jadeja allows the batsmen to share the pressure and keep the scoreboard ticking. Rotation of strike is key, especvially when looking to bat out a day.
Ojha is back into the attack and has changed ends. Hughes won't be too upset to see off-spin out of the attack as he picks up a single as he works one with the turn into the leg-side.
Jadeja is into the attack. It's an expected move because the spinner has had the wood over Clarke of late. Jadeja is different to Ojha in that he bowls quicker and flatter. He starts with a very accurate over.
Ashwin has Hughes camped down at his end. Ideally, Australia would preffer Clarke to face Ashwin and Hughes to deal with Ojha as it is easy faceing the ball turining into the pads rather than away from the edge. Hughes gets one fine down the leg-side and picks up his first boundary of the day.
Ojha is attacking Clarke's stumps. If one turns then the edge is in play and if it slides on then lbw is a danger to the batsman.
Hughes has gone back into his shell against the off-spin of Ashwin. The positive side for Australia in this game of survival, is that the pitch only has four days worth of ware and tear due to the fact that the first day was rained out. This will make it slighly easier than usual to bat through day five.
Clarke takes a single which means that Ojha will get his first look at Hughes today. The Australian plays his first aggressive shot as he sweeps with the spin for two runs to open his account today. Clarke is in obvious pain but he is playing through the back trouble for the team.
Ashwin is rushing between deliveries to Hughes. The dot balls are stacking up as Hughes doesn't look to have a scoring option. Another maiden is completed.
Clarke is off the mark with a boundary and those runs take Australia into the lead. The lead is two which means that from now on, every run that is scored will need to be chased down by India if they are going to win the Test. Ojha is just a little too straight as he is worked for another leg-side boundary.
Ashwin can now focus on getting rid of the actual batsmen in this lineup. Hughes plays out another maiden and has still not added to his over night total.
Lyon looks like a batsman for a moment as he pushes Ojha into the leg-side with such good timing that the ball makes it all the way to the mid-wicket boundary. WICKET. Ojha breaks through as the night watchman is caught behind as the edge is found.
HUghes is playing Ashwin very carefully as he tries to settle in for a long day of batting. The maiden is completed.
After a two over experiment, Sharma is replaced by Ojha. A chance goes down. Lyon adges, Kholi moves sharply to his left with one hand and puts down the chance. Lyon picks up two runs and survives.
Ashwin gives Lyon the single early in the over and Hughes takes strike for the first time this morning. The left handed batsman has struggled during the series, but managed to bring up a half century yesterday. He will be eager to score a big ton and secure his place in the team.
Lyon is getting nicely into line of Sharma's deliveries. It will be the Australian off-spinners job to protect Clarke and the rest of the batsmen in the hutch for as long as possible. Lyon takes a single off the last ball of the again to retain strike once again.
Ashwin shares the attack and is in to the night watchman. India will obviously want an early breakthrough, but it is especially important to get rid of the tail ender because if he hangs around it will cause a great deal of frustration for the bowlers. Lyan steals the strike with a single of the final delivery.
Sharma will bowl the first over of the final day. Australia are fighting to save the Test which will seal the series for India, but it will at least end the runs of defeats for the tourists. The scoring is underway as Lyon flicks a full delivery off his pads for a boundary.
Australia's decision to bat first brought them 408 all out on the back of 99 from Mitchell Starc and 92 from Steven Smith. India responded with a resounding 499 all out - thanks largely to big tons from Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan. The Aussies have since moved to 75 for three - and a deficit of 16.
Hello and welcome to our over-by-over commentary on day five of the third Test - in the the four-match series, which the hosts lead two-nil, between India and Australia at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Chandigarh, Mohali.