Half a century! Perry 53 of 155 balls
Hello, friends and devils. Day four, the final, the final, the ultimate, in this women’s test match between India and Australia – the first time these teams have played since 2006. And a good argument for a fifth day in the women’s matches, which so often end in draws as this one will struggle to get a result unless there is a crash of wickets.
We’re only in the second innings of the game, with Australia at 143 for 4, trailing India’s first-up score by 234 runs. The sequel is 150 runs in four-day matches instead of the 200 we see in five-day tests, so the Australians are still 84 runs away from saving it. If India can get them below that limit, the visitors still have a chance to win. If not, it will be difficult to find a path.
The best news for Australia is that Ellyse Perry is still in trouble, the player born to play this format. Her last three innings: 76 not out, 116 and 213 not out.