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India lost two wickets in the opening session on Saturday, including opener Shikhar Dhawan under controversial circumstances, as the visitors began a final-day chase of 364 runs for victory in the first test against Australia.
India was 105-2 at lunch, needing 259 more runs, with Murali Vijay 47 not out and Virat Kohli unbeaten on 25.
Dhawan was caught by wicketkeeper Brad Haddin when umpire Ian Gould ruled the ball had deflected off the batsman’s glove. But replays showed it hit his shoulder and he should not have been dismissed.
The video-based Decision Review System is not being used in the four-test series because India did not agree to use it, saying it was not always accurate.
Cheteshwar Pujara was the other batsman out, caught by Haddin of spinner Nathan Lyon’s bowling.
Australia declared before the start of play on Saturday at 290-5, led by David Warner’s 102, giving India 98 overs to achieve the run chase or play for a draw.
It was Warner’s second century of the match, and the sixth century in his past 11 test innings.
The highest victorious fourth-innings test total at the Adelaide Oval was Australia’s 315-6 against England in 1902.
Mitchell Johnson delivered the initial breakthrough in the fifth over, with Gould incorrectly judging Dhawan to be caught behind.
But India received a break without the use of the DRS in the 16th over when Vijay was on 24 and offered no shot to a sharp-turning ball from Lyon.
Umpire Marais Erasmus ignored Lyon’s lbw appeal, but the not-out decision would have been overturned if sent to the DRS for review.