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The India batting will need to step up against Australia on Day 5 of the third TestReuters

Day 5 of the third Test in Melbourne will see India look to pull off one of those wins that you look back at time and again, still in awe and wonderment; that is if Australia allow them to do it.

Australia are leading by 326 runs heading into the final day of the 3rd Test match, with three wickets in hand, and as far as David Warner is concerned, 326 runs is short of the target that the usually aggressive Aussies would like to give India to chase.

India nearly chased down 364 in the first Test in Adelaide, with only the crucial wickets of Murali Vijay and then later on Virat Kohli, derailing the visitors' charge. Warner is well aware of the strokemakers in the Indian side, and wants Australia to score a few more runs on Day 5 morning.

"We saw in the Adelaide Test how well they fought there and luckily we got the breakthrough because it could have been a different story," Warner said . "They would have gone 1-0 up. We know what their batting line up is like -- Kohli and Rahane put on a great partnership [in the first innings].

"They had their luck but they went on with it and got big scores. That is in the back of our mind. We know the positive brand of cricket they are playing now and we have got to come out with the ball and either dry it up or take those ten wickets.

"I think we need a few more runs than what we have got on the board at the moment."

The major reason for Australia feeling the need for a bigger total is the MCG wicket, which according to the left-hander, who made a quickfire 40, is still pretty good.

"It's still a very good batting wicket," added Warner. "There's not much sideways movement with the new ball but when the ball gets older and a bit softer there's a bit of reverse swing and I think that is going to be the key when we take the field, to try to get that ball going a bit, dry up the runs and get ten opportunities.

"That is the way we are going to try and win the game. Obviously the new ball is crucial and we've got to make the most of it. Extra zip with the new ball, I don't think there's going to be sideways movement at all.

"Depending on the weather there might be a bit of swing but I don't think that is likely."

India could of course take the declaration option out of Australia's hands by picking up the final three wickets in quick time, much like the Aussies did on the morning of Day 4, but considering the manner in which the home team's tail have dominated the Indian bowlers, it does look unlikely.

"We are in a very positive frame of mind," said R Ashwin. "We could get them out or they could set a target for us and we are pretty okay with anything. We will take it as it comes.

"Any score on the final day is going to be tricky. It is going to be hard work but we are up for it. We are here to win games of cricket."

Being 2-0 down in the four-match Test series, does India have any other option but to go for broke and look to chase down that total, whatever may be the target that Australia set?

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The final day of the 3rd Test match is set for a 10 am local time (4.30 am IST, 11 pm GMT, 6 pm ET) start with live coverage in India on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 3 and Star Sports HD1. Viewers in India can also watch the match online via live streaming on

Watch Day 5 live in Australia on Channel 9, while the option to live stream is on Cricket Australia Live or the Cricket Australia Live App. Audience in the UK can catch the final day of the Test match on Sky Sports 2, or live stream on Sky Go or Watch Sky Sports

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