Adelaide - David Warner's second century put Australia
in control of the first Test against India but umpires twice had to intervene
as tempers flared in Adelaide.
Warner's batting again caused trouble for
India, scoring 102 to go with his emotional first-day 145 as Australia built a
healthy lead in the first of the four-Test series.
At the close, the Australians had extended
their overall lead to 363 runs at 290 for five, with an overnight declaration
expected. First-innings centurion Steve Smith was 52 not out and Brad Haddin
was on 14.
The home side went after runs late in the
day and Mitchell Marsh clubbed leg-spinner Karn Sharma for three sixes and a
four in one over, before he was caught on the ropes for 40 off 26 balls while
going after another six.
The highest successful run chase at the
Adelaide Oval remains 315 for six by Australia against England in 1902.
But it was a day marked by confrontations,
and English umpire Ian Gould had to step in as players exchanged terse words
and pointed fingers at each other.
The first spat came after Warner was bowled
by express paceman Varun Aaron for 66 in the 34th over, only to be recalled
when replays showed Aaron had sent down a no-ball.
Aaron had given Warner a loud send-off, but
the pugnacious opener responded in kind when he was recalled to the crease.
Shane Watson, Virat Kohli and Shikhar
Dhawan all joined in, exchanging sharp words before umpire Gould eventually
calmed down the warring parties.
"I don't know if the temperatures got
to 40 degrees-plus but I think it was getting to a few people out there, but
that's cricket, it happens," Warner said.
"When some decisions don't go your way
and you get bowled off a no-ball, it's what happens.
"They're going to come at you and you
just have to learn to bite your tongue a bit and sometimes you don't."
Tensions again rose when Smith and Kohli
came together, prompting Warner to run down from the other end of the pitch and
come face-to-face with the Indian captain before Gould again restored peace.
Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane said the
feistiness was not a problem.
"It was competitive and between India
and Australia it's always competitive cricket and it's good for cricket,"
"I thought both umpires handled the
situations really well and that's going to happen... it's really good for the
Warner, dropped on 89, was finally out in
the 60th over when he was bowled around his legs by Karn Sharma.
The Indians also claimed the wickets of
Chris Rogers (21), Watson (33) and skipper Michael Clarke (7), but with each
run Australia were making the task even more difficult for the tourists on a
wearing pitch heading into Saturday's final day.
The Australians took charge after
dismissing the tourists for 444 before lunch to open a 73-run lead.
Off-spinner Nathan Lyon claimed his sixth
five-wicket Test haul to bowl Australia into a handy lead over India in the
extended morning session.
Lyon captured five for 134 off 36 overs as
India unravelled after resuming at 369 for five.
The tourists lost five wickets for 75 on
the fourth morning, with Lyon leading the way with his unpredictable turn out
of the bowlers' footmarks.
Lyon, coming off a poor series against
Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates where he captured three Test wickets at an
average of 140, thanked India paceman Ishant Sharma for creating demons in the
Adelaide Oval pitch with his bowling footmarks.
It was an outstanding piece of cricket by
Lyon that triggered the breakthrough 47 minutes into the morning session when
he brilliantly caught Rohit Sharma for 43 off his own bowling.
Lyon dived across the pitch and snapped up
a two-handed catch just off the ground to dismiss Sharma and enable the
Australians to expose the Indian tail.
"We've seen how much Nathan's evolved
in the last 12-18 months," Warner said.
"He's worked hard at his game, he's
now got a five-wicket haul in the first innings and there's no reason why he
can't come out tomorrow with his tail up and help us take these 10