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Kohli keen on Sydney sign-off

Kohli keen on Sydney sign-off

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India will be highly motivated to finish what is already an historic Test series in Australia on another high note at the SCG.

The tourists had lost all 11 of their previous Test series Down Under prior to the current tour, but as they hold a 2-1 lead with one match to play, they have already improved on that record.

India to win fourth Test @ 21/20

However, there seems little likelihood of any let-up, especially with feisty skipper Virat Kohli at the helm, a man always determined to get the most from both himself and his team.

The Baggy Greens (27/20) will no doubt be equally desperate to do well, with a drawn series against the number one ranked Test team representing a real achievement for a side in transition.

The weather forecast is set fair for almost all of the five days in Sydney, so the draw at 19/4 appears to offer little prospect of a return – with all three previous Tests being settled with time to spare.

Man of the Match, Virat Kohli @ 27/4

Captain Kohli has made one century and one half-century in the series to date, so while he has made a mark, he has yet to repeat his heroics of 2014/15, when he scored four tons in eight innings Down Under.

At the SCG four years ago he made 147 and 46, so has good memories of the venue to draw upon.

Man of the Match, Nathan Lyon @ 35/4

Off-spinner Nathan Lyon looked like he might be the man to lead the hosts to an unexpected series victory when he took eight wickets apiece in the first two Tests in Adelaide and Perth.

However, he found the going much tougher in the third Test in Melbourne, where his combined figures of 1-150 across two innings suggested that his heavy workload had started to get to him.

Somewhat surprisingly, Lyon has taken 22 wickets at an average of 48.13 in seven previous Test appearances at a venue which traditionally suits the slower bowlers.

A well-rested Lyon will be required to step up this time at the SCG, where some reports suggest that the pitch may be one to bring out the best in the spinners on both sides.

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