India vs Australia Highlights: Third Test, cricket live scores, blog – Day 4

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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
    Recent Overs:
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    Last Wicket: Maxwell, GJ, 2 (c:Vijay b:Ashwin)
    Current Partnership: 14 runs, 32 balls, RR:43.75

    A spirited Cheteshwar Pujara century kept India in the contest after Patrick Cummins grabbed four wickets on Day 3 of the ongoing Test match between India and Australia. The hosts finished at 6-360, trailing by 91 runs. Follow all the action of Day 4 from 3pm (AEDT) here on The Roar.

    India had resumed the day at 1-121 with Pujara and Murali Vijay at the center. The two put up 102 runs on the board for the second wicket before Vijay was dismissed by Steve O’Keefe.

    The opener, who was batting on 82 runs at the time, felt like taking O’Keefe on by stepping out of his crease to hit one over the bowler’s head. However, he missed and Matthew Wade made no mistakes behind the wickets.

    It was a welcome break for Australia who had been unsuccessful in a close lbw appeal against Pujara off O’Keefe and were unable to review a decision against Vijay who appeared to have edged one off Nathan Lyon on to his pads before being caught at short-leg.

    However, Australia’s persistence paid off as the Indian middle-order failed to deal with the pace of Pat Cummins.

    Cummins, who had claimed the solitary Indian wicket on Day 2, claimed three scalps on Saturday. His first wicket of the day came when skipper Virat Kohli edged one to his opposite number in the slip cordon.

    Soon afterwards, Ajinkya Rahane had a lapse of concentration and was caught behind by Wade.

    Josh Hazlewood castled Karun Nair for 23 runs after the number six had started to look good in the middle before Cummins dismissed Ravichandran Ashwin for three runs.

    At the other end however, Pujara remained unbeaten on 130 runs having faced a mammoth 328 deliveries during his stay at the center. The Saurashtra batsman’s talents came to the fore on Saturday as he picked on the Aussies at will in the first session and the first half of the post-lunch session before shutting shop when wickets started to tumble.

    Pujara’s presence has proved to be a big deterrence for the Aussies who will be looking to get through the rest of the Indian batting order as soon as possible on the fourth day.

    The pitch has already shown signs of breaking up for the spinners and the visitors will look to get some runs on the board and put the hosts in to bat on the final day.

    India will hope that Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha are able to take them as close to Australia’s first innings total on Sunday morning if not help them take a first innings lead.

    In Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, India have a couple of quality spinners who can tilt the balance of the contest in their favour.

    Follow the live scores and blog of the fourth day of this third Test between India and Australia from 3pm (AEDT) here on The Roar.

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    • 12:17pm
      AJ said | 12:17pm | ! Report

      Not enough first innings runs.

    • 3:56am
      Andy said | 3:56am | ! Report

      wow i just saw the reviews that australia wasted. that second one, the ball was more than a foot away from the gloves or bat.

    • 1:40am
      dave said | 1:40am | ! Report

      Maxwell would have been on a high after his first test ton,maybe that confidence could have snared a wicket.
      Not saying he was going to tear through the indians but a couple of overs wouldn’t have hurt us too much.I really hope he is injured rather than the decision to not bowl him was based on ego or politics or poor captaining.
      I was really starting to feel positive about this Australian team but if silly games are at play i’m not so sure.Cant wait to find the real reason behind not bowling Maxwell.

      • 3:28am
        Rats said | 3:28am | ! Report

        One can only speculate.. I know Smith is an International Professional who plays for his country with pride.

        But I am sorry to say, the only reason Smith didn’t give the ball to Maxwell is because he didn’t want Maxwell to be successful with ball as well.. It may be a baseless claim… But this is what I thought..

    • 12:11am
      Rats said | 12:11am | ! Report

      Jadeja’s accuracy is amazing… It is almost like the batsman knows what he is going to get still can’t protect his wickets. Very similar to Starc’s tailing in yorker delivery or Malinga’s yorkers.. You know as a batsman what are you going to get, but still no escape..

      Jadeja may still go down as one of the under-rated test bowlers… In his own team he is under-rated…

      • 4:39am
        prosenjit said | 4:39am | ! Report

        And he bowls at pace,that’s why way more threatening than O’Keefe.

    • 11:30pm
      danno said | 11:30pm | ! Report

      It’s the pommy series repeating, make 450 and lose. Warner won’t go down as a great if he doesn’t make runs overseas.

    • 11:00pm
      Ozibatla said | 11:00pm | ! Report

      Some members of the Aussie press labelled Warner our 2nd best player of spin. Well if thats the case, the others must have absolutely no idea. I wonder how the “sub-continent specialist” fares tomorrow?

      Aussies getting bossed by India at the end of a test is where they historically struggle. Big pressure but a big opportunity at the same time for messrs Marsh, Handscomb and Wade with the bat. Trying to reverse momentum in India is as tough as it gets

      • 11:16pm
        spruce moose said | 11:16pm | ! Report

        Which members of the Australian press said that?

        A gentle reminder: neither darren lehmann or david warner are members of the press.

        • 11:44pm
          Ozibatla said | 11:44pm | ! Report

          The know all sports reporters at Fox Sports for starters. Not to mention Mark Waugh on a fox sports cricket show. I also read something similar on cricket.com.au in a pre series article giving analysis of the players.

          And yes, Im well aware that those within the confines of the team are not considered press. But thanks for the keen observation.

    • 10:45pm
      Boonie said | 10:45pm | ! Report

      I am not sure if it was over confidence from India that cost them the first Test but their class when playing at home has really come through after Australia was too defensive in their first innings of the second Test. Australia paused and India took the initiative and momentum. Not sure what we do with Warner. If we can’t bat all day tomorrow do we ‘rest’ Warner for the dead rubber? We need Renshaw and Smith to bat very long tomorrow or we won’t make it to tea

      • 11:35pm
        Brainstrust said | 11:35pm | ! Report

        If India were overconfident why did they wreck the wicket, I think they were worried about the pace bowlers.
        Maybe your talking about overconfidence against the Australian spinners, The first two wickets erased India’s advantage in reading spin bowling and gave the Australian spinners the assistance to become big threats, now in this one with a normal behaving pitch, the AUstralian spinners could hardly buy a wicket till the Indians went the slog. One suspects three normal wickets and Smith would be at best 2-0 down if not three. If you told Steve Smith at the start of the series he could either be 2-1 down or 1-1 heading into the final and unknown test in cold weather at altitude he would take it.

      • 12:54am
        Brasstax said | 12:54am | ! Report

        For all the scorn that many of us Aussies have heaped on the first two wickets, the fact that they were so “bad” worked to our advantage and narrowed the skill gap between the teams.

        I posted a comment in another article on the eve of this test that if the wickets are better for batting, then India will simply out bat us any day and every day. They are currently the most powerful batting line up on such decks and can comfortably out bat any opposition as England found out.

        Post the first test Shane Warne had said that the Indian tail is very long starting with Ashwin. How wrong he was. India currently have the longest competent batting line up of all test teams as Saha and Jadeja showed today. Ashwin has had a poor series with the bat but he is a competent batsman.

        • 3:45am
          brent elms said | 3:45am | ! Report

          absolutely agreed with you on all points made.
          and to think kohli has been super flop this series and india batted on day 3 and 4, i bet if they batted 1st on this deck they would have made 700/6 dec or something along those lines.

    • Roar Guru

      10:19pm
      Scott Pryde said | 10:19pm | ! Report

      On another unrelated note – Kohli is a bit of a joke… grabbing at his shoulder like that for a celebration.

      Can’t wait for the next time India tour Australia – boy is he going to cop it from the crowds.

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

        Joke is the lack of bowling Maxwell did! D-Bag is a better description for Kohli.

      • 10:34pm
        Srivatsa Badariprasad said | 10:34pm | ! Report

        And when has that worked out well? Last time around, he scored 4 centuries. The summer before that, Broad was the only England player besides Stokes to stand up and be counted…

      • 10:39pm
        SonOfLordy said | 10:39pm | ! Report

        He know how to wind Australians up. It’s working. He’s going to give it to them tomorrow.

      • 12:49am
        Brasstax said | 12:49am | ! Report

        He will but he will also peel of a couple of hundreds or more..

      • 10:22am
        Rossy said | 10:22am | ! Report

        He’s actually just making a bit of a goose of himself now.

        It’s not ‘aggressive’ cricket anymore it’s petulant and immature antics, he’s like a 10 year old who had too many lollies at the party.

    • Roar Guru

      10:15pm
      Scott Pryde said | 10:15pm | ! Report

      Wonderful.

      • Roar Pro

        10:43pm
        Gurlivleen Grewal said | 10:43pm | ! Report

        Scott, if CA finally decides to make pitches suited for pace – we could very well see a repeat of his performances in Eng. Something the likes of those against SA. But alas, the pitches are generally roads and good batters become supermen. But then home players like Warner, Voges, Marsh benefit as well.

        • 11:58pm
          Bobbo7 said | 11:58pm | ! Report

          Warner is great on flat wickets when the ball comes on…Australia. He is a good player but his average is inflated because he is playing a lot of crcket in probably the best Australian batting conditions ever

    • Roar Guru

      10:13pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 10:13pm | ! Report

      That is as perfect a day India could have had. They did not lose a wicket for a couple of sessions, ground the Aussie fielders to exhaustion – mentally and physically – and then in the eight overs they had, sent back two wickets, including that of Warner. Warner might not have been in form but till the time he is at the crease, the runs keep flowing and the Aussie deficit could have been chipped at.

      Now, it’s over to Smith and co. What Smith will need is company. He got it from Maxwell in the first innings and he will need it again. Renshaw has been in some form too but that over the stumps line from Jadeja into the rough will be a trouble for him too, as it would be for Shaun Marsh and Matthew Wade.

      Australia’s first task will be to wipe off the lead but in doing so, they need to bat time too.

      90 big overs coming up tomorrow. And I will be there, one last time in this game to call it.

      Have a good evening folks.

      • Roar Guru

        10:16pm
        Anindya Dutta said | 10:16pm | ! Report

        If Smithy survives the morning, Australia has a small chance to save this Test. Otherwise this Test will be over sometime between lunch and tea.

        • Roar Pro

          10:37pm
          Gurlivleen Grewal said | 10:37pm | ! Report

          Expect more like 100 overs from India, with over rates like 16-17. Kohli has finally learnt and will give Jadeja his due of overs and more. Still was pleasantly surprised he started with Jaddu rather than the obligatory overs with mediocre Sharma.

          Kudos to Anindya for predicting big response from India. Somehow Pujara and Saha never look convincing enough – bat meeting the ball always at an angle, airy-fairy play from Saha. Great achievements nevertheless.

          It has been a trend this home season – Jaddu outbowling Ashwin ‘bigly’ in 1st inn and Ashwin doing better in the 2nd. On this pitch though expect Jaddu to be a much bigger threat. The Aussies really missed the footmarks from Starc.

          • 11:16pm
            MANISH K RAO said | 11:16pm | ! Report

            As a matter of fact Smith too doesn’t look good in the crease. Always looks like an LBW candidate or caught behind one. But he is super effective in his technique . Similarly Saha and Puara have their own way of scoring runs. In Test cricket Temperament is greater than “technique” . So, stop whining and give credits where it is due. After such a top class marathon partnership whining on technique doesn’t look good.

      • 10:33pm
        spruce moose said | 10:33pm | ! Report

        Great call Suneer.

    • 10:11pm
      Craig said | 10:11pm | ! Report

      4th test
      Warner out – Khawaja in
      Lyon out – Pattinson in.

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