India vs Australia Highlights: Third Test, cricket live scores, blog – Day 5

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    India v Australia

    JSCA INTERNATIONAL STADIUM COMPLEX, MARCH 16-20, 2017

    3rd Test - IND v AUS

     
    Australia 1st Inn 451 All Out
    India 1st Inn 9/603
    Australia 2nd Inn 6/204
    Australia won the toss and elected to bat
    Match drawn
    Australia Over:100.0  RR:2.04
    Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR
    PSP Handscomb* 72 200 7 0 36.00
    MS Wade 9 16 2 0 56.25
    India
    Bowlers O M R W Econ
    RA Jadeja* 44.0 18 54 4 1.23
    R Ashwin 30.0 10 71 1 2.37
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    Last Wicket: Maxwell, GJ, 2 (c:Vijay b:Ashwin)
    Current Partnership: 14 runs, 32 balls, RR:43.75

    Stunning efforts from Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha ensured that India were able to turn the tables on Australia by the end of Day 4 of the third Test. Follow all the action of Day 5 from 3pm (AEDT) here on The Roar.

    Day 4 resumed with the hosts at 6-360, trailing Australia by 91 runs.

    However, the partnership between Pujara and Saha prospered and they India took the lead during the post-lunch session.

    Pujara brought up the third double-century of his Test career, with a herculean effort of 203 runs off 525 deliveries. In the process, he claimed the record for having faced the highest number of deliveries in a Test innings for India, beating Rahul Dravid’s mark.

    Saha hit 117 runs off 233 deliveries. Both fell while trying to take on the Australian bowlers in a bid to increase the scoring rate, after having put on 199 runs for the seventh wicket.

    With India looking to push on following their dismissals, Ravindra Jadeja turned it on with the bat as he hit a quick 54 runs off 55 deliveries, before skipper Kohli declared. Steve O’Keefe picked up a couple of wickets on the fourth day while Nathan Lyon claimed Pujara’s wicket.

    Australia were put under pressure straight away, Kohli entrusting Ravichandran Ashwin and Jadeja with the new ball.

    The move paid dividends as Jadeja castled the dangerous David Warner, before dismissing the nightwatchman, Lyon. The visitors were 2-23 at stumps, trailing by 129 runs.

    India’s job on the final day is clear, as is their strategy. Big footmarks and cracks have appeared on the wicket and they will look to make it nasty for the Australians, who struggled against the spinners in the last Test match.

    Australia need to tread with caution but also maintain a positive mindset. Playing for a draw will work in India’s favour on a final day wicket.

    The manner of their capitulation in Bangalore be fresh in their minds, making this a mental battle as well as one of skill.

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    • 1:27am
      Derek Murray said | 1:27am | ! Report

      Super proud of that effort. Outside of Warner, who seems at a loss as to whether to go hard or grind, every batsman showed pluck. Last day heroes were Marsh and Handscomb but Smith and Renshaw also batted tough. How good was Cummins? Game on for T4. I never dreamt we’d be in it this deep. Go boys

    • 10:48pm
      Geoff from Bruce Stadium said | 10:48pm | ! Report

      Great to see both Handscombe and Sean Marsh perform so well – particularly in that second session. Can’t recall the Aussies toughing it out for a draw like that for some time. Sean Marsh cops a bagging at times but he should be warmly congratulated for the gutsy effort he showed today. The bloke has a solid technique – particularly against spin. The selectors were criticised by some for including him in the team at the expense of Khawaja but his selection has now proved to be a wise one. Handscombe pulled his head in and played a very mature innings perfectly suited to the circumstances – similar to Maxwell’s effort in the first innings. The heartening thing for this Aussie team is everyone (perhaps with the exception of Dave Warner) has made a significant contribution at some stage in this series with either bat and ball. Will be really interesting to see what sort of pitch is delivered for the final test. By all reports it is much cooler in Dharmashala and could suit the seamers which may see Jackson Bird enter the frame for possible selection.

      • 10:54pm
        Rob said | 10:54pm | ! Report

        Yep. It was a great team effort by the Australians. It would have been a real physical and Mental challenge to get up for today. Marsh and Handscombe held their nerve under enormous pressure. Well done both teams.

      • 11:18pm
        Tanmoy Kar said | 11:18pm | ! Report

        Very true, Renshaw and Handscomb are the two very good find of the year for Australia and they will serve the country for a long period of time. At Dharmashala Jackson Bird should replace injured Nathan Lyon.

      • 11:24pm
        riddler said | 11:24pm | ! Report

        well said geoff

    • Roar Guru

      10:29pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 10:29pm | ! Report

      Been another enjoyable game, a little more in it for the bowlers would have helped but from the point of view of how the series is placed, it’s good to see that the two teams will go into the final Test one match apiece.

      There’s some break now, the next Test begins in nearly five days’ time and it will be interesting to see which team walks out with what kind of confidence. Plus there’s the physical fitness to worry about as well…

      …I strongly sense there could be a change or two based on just the physical levels of the players. Again, would be interesting to see what kind of a pitch gets rolled out in Dharmashala. In T20 cricket, it is a batting-friendly surface, has short boundaries, which could help the batsmen again.

      That’s that from me. Hope to be back for the final game. Have a good evening & you can follow me for cricket-related chat on Twitter @suneerchowdhary.

    • Roar Guru

      10:18pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 10:18pm | ! Report

      Cheteshwar Pujara has been declared the MoM. Might have been a tough call had Jadeja helped India to a win today.

      “Never thought I would face so many balls. But when I got in, I realised I needed to bat on.”

      “I do get tempted to hit it in the air but need to look at the bigger picture.”

      “We were in a position to win this game but Marsh & Handscomb batted well.”

      “Working hard on fitness, cautious about my diet.”

      • 10:28pm
        BurgyGreen said | 10:28pm | ! Report

        Well, can’t deny that Pujara was the biggest contributor to the result of the match…

        • 12:19am
          Baz said | 12:19am | ! Report

          he was the biggest contribution to a draw for sure ensuring there wasnt enough time in the game for a target to be set by the other team him amd sasha batted them to safety and australia batted like no australian team since that ricky 100 to save a test in england overseas. i am proud first time in many years we have batted a whole day to save a test.
          India fault for producing a wocket that didnt do enough to get good batsmen out.

    • Roar Guru

      10:14pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 10:14pm | ! Report

      Kohli says he expected India to get to within 20-30 runs of the Australian score and was happy to get so many. Admits that after taking two wickets yesterday he thought India had a good chance.

      “Credit to the duo and to Australia for holding out for a draw.”

      Praises Pujara for his innings, and calls this his best knock. Calls Saha a wonderful guy and adds he is delighted that he scored a 100.

      Kohli makes an interesting point. Refuses to blame the pitch but says there’s something about the balls – ball’s going soft for both teams he says.

      • 10:21pm
        BurgyGreen said | 10:21pm | ! Report

        Yeah the point about the balls is very interesting. It’d be a shame for the curators if they actually produced an excellent Test match pitch but the balls made it look like a road for all five days.

    • Roar Guru

      10:10pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 10:10pm | ! Report

      Steven Smith says “that’s how we want Maxwell to play, sensibly.”

      Adds that it was a long couple of days and dug really deep. Says he is happy with the way they played.

      “Cannot wait to get to Dharmashala.”

      • 10:18pm
        SonOfLordy said | 10:18pm | ! Report

        I noticed that passive-aggressive comment from Smith, implying that Maxwell has played recklessly in first-class matches in the past and that’s why he has been snubbed from the Test team thus far.

        Couldn’t just give Maxwell the credit he deserved, Smith had to qualify it.

        • 10:35pm
          Liam said | 10:35pm | ! Report

          If that’s how he wants Maxwell to bat, then more power to him.

          Nothing wrong with letting someone know, both publicly and privately, how you want them to bat. If I’m the captain of a team, and I’ve got a talented but occasionally reckless player (and I did, this year; if he paid attention and respected the opposition bowling, he was better than fine, but if he didn’t, he’d sky something inside the first few overs), there is simply nothing lost by telling them exactly how you want them to play.

          Isn’t it better to be honest?

        • 11:11pm
          AlanC said | 11:11pm | ! Report

          Jeez I hope you’re wrong but I did think Smith didn’t exactly share his century celebration with Maxie.

    • 10:08pm
      Beauty of a geek Brains of a bimbo said | 10:08pm | ! Report

      so dharamsala needs to prepare a poor or below average pitch to ensure we get a series winner

    • 10:06pm
      Josh said | 10:06pm | ! Report

      Three Tests. Three different results. One to go.
      I wonder how we’ll look back on this series, I can’t recall being more enthralled by a non ashes series in a long time. Just fantastic cricket

      • 10:10pm
        BurgyGreen said | 10:10pm | ! Report

        Best series since the tour of SA in 2014 – actually, it’s probably been even better than that one.

      • 10:10pm
        Beauty of a geek Brains of a bimbo said | 10:10pm | ! Report

        India vs Australia is the arguably the best non ashes test series

      • Roar Guru

        10:28pm
        Chris Kettlewell said | 10:28pm | ! Report

        On the cricinfo commentary they pointed out it’s the first time a team has batted out for a draw in India after trailing on the first innings since 2011 or something. This team continues to defy all the people who try to assume things will just quickly return to the way they’ve been in recent history. Awesome what was done here.

    • 10:05pm
      Riddler said | 10:05pm | ! Report

      Great work by Marsh and handscomb.. thought we were in big trouble at 4/63..

      Very happy for Marsh. .

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