Another century for David Warner in Test against India

CRICKET: Another David Warner hundred has put Australia in prime position to push for a victory against India on day five at Adelaide Oval today.

Warner showed just how far he has come as a Test batsman with a measured 102 from 166 deliveries - his stay at the crease lasting more than four hours.

His knock gave Australia a comfortable 363-run lead going into the final day, with a declaration expected early.

While Warner was more measured than usual in the way he played, his innings reached a flashpoint when he received a reprieve on 66.

The "Matraville Mauler" was bowled by Varun Aaron, and the Indian paceman showed his delight by yelling "c'mon" as Warner walked off the pitch.

But when the 28-year-old was recalled back to the crease after replays confirmed a no-ball, Warner returned serve by yelling "c'mon" back at Aaron.

That started a confrontation, with India captain Virat Kohli and opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan joining in.

Warner rode some more luck once order was restored.

He was given not out after gloving a ball to Indian wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha down the leg side.

With India opting not to use the Decision Review System, Warner lived to fight on.

He was then dropped at slip by Murali Vijay on 90.

When the left-hander brought up three figures - his 11th Test ton and his fifth since the start of last summer - he performed his trademark leap and looked to the heavens in a tribute to former Australian teammate, Phillip Hughes, like he did after reaching his ton in the first innings.

All-rounder Mitch Marsh then played a brutal innings of 40 off 26 balls, hitting three sixes in the process, while Steve Smith continued his brilliant form with the bat, scoring 52 not out from 64.

Earlier, Aussie off-spinner Nathan Lyon completed a potentially match-winning haul, snaring 5-134.

He took a sharp, diving caught and bowled to dismiss Rohit Sharma for 43, before his spin and bounce saw him collect the scalps of Saha (25) and Ishant Sharma (0).

"I've been working on being more consistent with my action and trying to land the ball in the same spot the whole time," Lyon told Channel Nine.

"There was a little bit of rough out there for me to do that, so I was pretty happy with it."

The Australians could have 98 overs to bowl out their opponents today, following the rain that interrupted day two, if they were to declare before the start of play.



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