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Australia avert innings defeat, reach 232/9

India inched closer to a comprehensive victory in the first Test against Australia but debutant Moises Henriques delayed the inevitable with a fighting undefeated 75 on a crumbling Chipak track in Chennai on Monday to take the match into the fifth and final day. Australia finished the day at 232 for nine, 40 runs ahead of India’s 572.

Led by first innings hero Ravichandran Ashwin, India reduced Australia to 175 for nine before Henriques, along with Nathan Lyon, provided some rearguard action to ensure the game goes into the final day. Henriques followed up his first innings half century with another gutsy effort as he added 57 runs for the final wicket with Lyon (8*) to prevent India from wrapping up the match.

Earlier, MS Dhoni went past Sachin Tendulkar’s record of highest individual Test score by an Indian captain before getting dismissed after a heroic 224. He first equalled Sachin’s 217, scored against New Zealand in 1999-2000 at Ahmedabad, with a flat six off Nathan Lyon and then took a single to surpass Sachin’s score.
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