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

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    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
    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

    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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    • 10:03pm
      Beauty of a geek Brains of a bimbo said | 10:03pm | ! Report

      Great work suneer

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 10:03pm | ! Report

      A word on the pitch. Was a strange sort of a surface. Lot of reports in the media before the game began, from some prominent journalists, on how this could last just two or three days.

      Instead, five days on, there were just 25 wickets lost.

      Taking nothing away from Smith, Maxwell, Pujara, Saha and the Marsh-Handscomb stand today, personally I would call THIS pitch a poor pitch as opposed to the previous two. To put it differently, I don’t mind watching a hard-fought draw like this one but refuse to believe that a bowling-friendly, result-oriented surface can be termed poor or below-average.

      But that’s just me, different fans have a different perspective of what a good or a bad pitch is and that’s how we roll the dice sometimes.

      • 10:11pm
        Worlds Biggest said | 10:11pm | ! Report

        As always thank you Suneer, great work. Fantastic knocks by Handscombe and Marsh, very gritty to save the game. We haven’t seen that grit with the bat for some time. Great game by both teams.

        • Roar Guru

          Suneer Chowdhary said | 10:19pm | ! Report

          Yes WB, that was a gritty effort for sure. Not too many would have given them a chance to save the Test after Australia lost four. And thanks for following the blog mate.

      • 10:37pm
        prosenjit said | 10:37pm | ! Report

        Were you thinking in the same line when Australia were 60/4?

    • 10:02pm
      SonOfLordy said | 10:02pm | ! Report

      Great effort by India after looking gone for all money when Australia scored 451 in the first innings of the match.

      They’ll feel like the moral victors having thorougly outplayed Australia for most of the match. They’ll take all the momentum into the final test.

      Australia’s bowling stocks decimated and looking anaemic. Australia will have to pray they win the toss and get a minefield of a wicket, otherwise the Aussie bowlers will have another 150-200 over spell in the field.

      Questions have to be asked about Smith’s captaincy. I have never seen an Australian captain make as bad decisions in the field as Smith did in days 3 and 4.

      • 10:07pm
        Basil said | 10:07pm | ! Report

        I can’t believe I wasted 30 seconds of my life reading that.

        • 11:21pm
          Internal Fixation said | 11:21pm | ! Report

          He spent 30 minutes thinking it up to be fair….

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

        Comedy gold!

        • 1:22am
          doogs said | 1:22am | ! Report

          He does my head in James. Like talking to the Robot in A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

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

        Sure they will, can’t bowl the Aussies out on a 5th day wicket with the (supposedly) number 1 & 2 bowler in the world – what great momentum to take into a match….

      • 10:12pm
        Linphoma said | 10:12pm | ! Report

        Too early to say just yet. The upper hand is not one either captain would want to take.
        I trust India will want a deck similar to this for the knockout round.
        Would a squad visit to the Dalai Lama be in order?

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

          They won’t prepare another flat wicket like this, they’ll want a win so will gamble on it.

      • 10:48pm
        Nudge said | 10:48pm | ! Report

        Don’t think anyone on the roar speaks more dribble than that poor lad

        • 1:15am
          doogs said | 1:15am | ! Report

          he is so boring and depressing. I don’t think he knows about cricket. Probably follows Yahtzee

      • 10:56pm
        prosenjit said | 10:56pm | ! Report

        Or just maybe the bowling was not good enough,except Cummins of course.if you compare man to man I feel India has outbowled Aussies.

    • 10:02pm
      Beauty of a geek Brains of a bimbo said | 10:02pm | ! Report

      Cheteshwar Pujara’s biopic will start with crowds in the Ranchi stadium sleeping

      • 10:24pm
        Craig said | 10:24pm | ! Report

        Ironically Pujara may have prevented them a chance at winning the test…. Couldn’t have batted any slower if he tried.

        • 11:40pm
          spruce moose said | 11:40pm | ! Report

          Disagree entirely. Indian tactics were right… Australian tactics were right. The pitch bested both teams.

          Superb draw.

          • 1:16am
            doogs said | 1:16am | ! Report

            I agree it was a superb draw and a wonderful test series

          • 2:44am
            Bakkies said | 2:44am | ! Report

            Due to Australia holding the trophy India needed to do more time to get Australia out and press for victory

    • 10:01pm
      BurgyGreen said | 10:01pm | ! Report

      Well even if Australia go down 2-1 in Dharamsala this has been a series of incredible growth for the team.

      We’ve shown that we can play spin on a minefield.

      We’ve shown that our spinners can be a threat to good players of spin.

      Now, we’ve shown that we can bat out over a day’s play in alien conditions.

      We were written off on all counts before the beginning of the series (including by myself).

      Smith may not be a master tactician but he is a leader. This is a huge tick next to his name for me.

      • 10:03pm
        Bakkies said | 10:03pm | ! Report

        Does Dharmasala have bounce?

        I would like to see Kohli get some sweet chin music on a way to another failure.

      • 10:08pm
        Linphoma said | 10:08pm | ! Report

        Tick, tick and tick Burgy.
        Steve Smith still looks like he hasn’t outgrown his original razor but I want to stick around to see how his career pans out.
        Questions – how is this bowling unit going to fare after days three and four?
        What sort of deck will they roll out for this inaugural test?

        • 10:15pm
          rock said | 10:15pm | ! Report

          We did bowl a long innings, however India actually bowled more overs throughout this test match.

      • 10:09pm
        SonOfLordy said | 10:09pm | ! Report

        “Smith may not be a master tactician but he is a leader. This is a huge tick next to his name for me.”

        His treatment of Maxwell was a disgrace. He would rather lose a Test than give Maxwell a chance of cementing his place in the team. A true white ant. He undermines his own soldiers if he has a grudge against them.


        • 10:22pm
          Craig said | 10:22pm | ! Report

          I agree with this.

          The Aussie change rooms must be awkward as. Smiths disgraceful treatment of Maxwell, Maxwell and Wade. Others must be worried of aligning themselves with Maxwell or they’ll find themselves on the outer. It’s like some sort of childish big brother situation within the camp.

        • 10:31pm
          jamesb said | 10:31pm | ! Report

          SonOfLordy, I wholeheartedly agree.

          I reckon Smith’s captaincy should be stripped because of his treatment of Maxwell. It’s just not good enough from Smith. Maxwell deserves better. In fact I’ll go one step further, because of his disgraceful treatment of Maxwell, Smith should get dropped from the test side, and replace him with Marcus Stoinis. The new captain will be Matthew Wade. Maxi would be stoked with that.

        • 1:19am
          doogs said | 1:19am | ! Report


    • 9:59pm
      Craig said | 9:59pm | ! Report

      Hate to ask the obvious question…but why on earth is this only a 4 match series? Such a shame its not 5.

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

        I’m not. It’s draining.

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


          At times, it’s like the cricket version of watching the French Open. A grinding, battle of attrition.

      • Roar Guru

        Suneer Chowdhary said | 10:15pm | ! Report

        India needed to include the Bangladesh Test and the IPL after this.

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