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Highlights India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 5: Handscomb stays unbeaten as visitors force a draw

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Highlights India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 5: Handscomb stays unbeaten as visitors force a draw
  • 18:21 (IST)

    That's brings us the end of our coverage of the Ranchi Test between India and Australia. It was some good old school Test cricket on show and it made for a gripping contest. The series is in the balance with everything to play for in the last match of the series in Dharamsala starting from March 25. India will have to win there to wrest the Border-Gavaskar Trophy from Australia's control. Thanks for joining us for this match, do join us again at Dharamsala. Till then, from all of us here, it's goodbye.

  • 18:15 (IST)

    Review of the third Test of the series between India and Australia at Ranchi

    And that brings an end to my sojourn in the Jharkhand capital, which hosted the first-ever Test in its backyard. Had a lot of fun bringing you updates from the stands at the JSCA Stadium, as well as interacting with both local as well as Australian fans. For now, I sign off with fond memories from MS Dhoni's hometown. 

  • 18:11 (IST)

    India vs Australia: Ranchi match should be preserved in aspic as a reminder of Test cricket's charm


    Someone should preserve this India-Australia game in aspic - and point to it every time the old cry of Test cricket losing its charm is heard.

  • 18:01 (IST)

    Cheteshwar Pujara: My knock was much needed for the team because we were in a position where we had lost six wickets. When Saha came in we had a chat that we needed to build a partnership and a long one to get to their total. I never thought I will face so many balls.

    I do get tempted to hit over the top, but you still have to look at the bigger picture when you are playing for the team and you know your team needs you the most. There was a situation where we could not afford to lose too many wickets. So I had to restrict myself at one point where I had to look for singles, rotate the strike and hit the balls that were really loose rather than going over the top or playing a sweep shot. 

    I don't think I need any motivation. It comes naturally whe I am playing for the Indian team. We always want to win each and every Test. We are No 1 in the world, we want to maintain that title and were c;lose to winning this match as well. At one point we felt we had almost won this game, but Marsh and Handscomb batted really well. We did not get a wicket between lunch and tea. That is where the game changed. Overall we fought really well and have an opportunity to win the series. 

    I do get tired. I have been working hard on my fitness, have been cautious about my diet. I will try to recover well (given that) we have an important Test coming up. 

  • 17:49 (IST)

    Virat Kohli: We got ourselves to a very good position. Losing the toss on such a good wicket was never very easy, then not being able to take the field and see the opposition get big runs wasn't easy again. Then we came back beautifully into the game with two guys batting out of their skins. KL Rahul and Vijay were outstanding but Pujara and Saha's innings is one of the best I have seen. Pujara's knock was unbelievable, Saha showed a lot of composure and Jadeja got quick runs in the end. We didn't expect to get 150 ahead to be honest. We had thought if we got 20-30 within their first innings total it would be good. The guys put us in a position where we had a shot at winning the game. After two wickets yesterday we thought we can put some pressure on Australia, but credit to those two guys (Handscomb and Marsh). They batted brilliantly for them. 

    The guys are motivated to push themselves a little more for the team. We have done it so many times in the past in this season and again today. So the guys want to push their physical limits, mental toughness for the team. That's why we were in a winning position in this game. Credit to Australia that they played out a draw, but we game ourselves a chance and that's the most important thing.       

    On Pujara, I can understand when you play one format for the country and is considered one of the best Test players in the side, you want to make it count. He takes a lot of pride in his performances and is very very motivated to do well for the country and the team. He knows his game really well and has worked hard at it. He doesn't mind grafting for his runs. This was probably his best innings that I have seen, playing under pressure, taking the guys along with his, taking Saha along with him.

    Saha did it in West Indies and in Kolkata against New Zealand and against Bangladesh as well. But this game was different. We were under pressure, with the series tied at 1-1, he really stood up and did the job for the team and I am really happy for him because he is sich a wonderful guy. 

    I don't think it was about the wicket not doing anything. It was more to do with the ball. It was not hard enough to bite off the surface. Even the ball that got changed was not up to standard. When  you don't have hardness on the ball it is very difficult to generate pace off the wicket. But that's Test cricket. Conditions don't always go your way, but you have to test yourself.

    Jadeja's fitness is unbelievable. I haven't seen anyone bowl so economically ever. He just keeps pitching the ball in the same spot again and again and he is getting the results as well. He is very hard-working, knows his strengths, limitations and sticks to them. So credit to him. 

    Plans for Dharamsala no different from what we did here. We played some really good cricket and want to continue that. We have given 120 percent in this game and that's what matters. As long as we keep doing that we will be in good position in Test cricket. So one other game to go in Dharamsala and we are ready for it.  

  • 17:22 (IST)

    Steve Smith: It was a good Test match, I am proud of the way the boys were able to stick it out today. The odds were against us, but that is what we are as a team. We try to be resilient and stand up during tough moments. The way Handscomb and Shaun Marsh batted today was absolutely fantastic. They didn't look like getting put for a while there, to build a long partnership as they did was really crucial for us at a really important time in the game. I am really proud of them. It was a pretty nice wicket. It is important to score big first innings runs, but 450 wasn't probably quite enough to win this game. Then India batted beautifully. Nice to be amongst the runs and hopefully I can get a few more in the next game as well. Maxwell was sensational in the first innings. That's the way we want him to play. He is sensible and has a good defence, which is important in Test cricket. Pat Cummins was playing his first game for a very long time. He bowled beautifully. It is great to have him back. Not too often you spend 210 overs in the field, so it was a long couple of days out there. The boys really dug deep. 1-1 in the series, massive game in Dharamsala, it's really exciting and can't wait to get there and play now.       

  • 17:05 (IST)

    Stat Attack
    India v Australia, 3rd Test, Day-5 summary:
    1st session: 28.4 overs (60/2), RR -  2.11
    2nd session: 33 overs (66/0), RR - 2.00
    3rd session: 31 overs (55/2), RR - 1.77 
    Overall: 92.4 overs (181/4), RR - 1.96

  • 17:04 (IST)

    Peter Handscomb: It was tough conditions out here today. We got then result we wanted. Look forward to playing in Dharamsala. I have always liked playing against spin from a young age. It is nice to bring those skills over here against the world's best in their conditions. It was an enjoyable innings today. The plan between Shaun and me was to back our own abilities and the result would have taken care of itself. Very happy with the result. Being 1-1 after 3 Tests is great against such a talented team in their own conditions. Really looking forward to the 4th Test. 

  • 17:03 (IST)

    Shaun Marsh: It was a challenging day. It was good to be out there. To get the result we wanted today is a fantastic effort by the group. I won't say I was comfortable tackling the rough. I was trying to stick to my plans and it worked. So I am really happy. You try to not think about the rough too much and just play the ball. That's what we tried to do today. Peter and me worked really well together.   

  • 16:45 (IST)

    Cheteshwar Pujara adjudged Man of the Match for his marathon double hundred. 

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    Stat Attack

    Least draws from career's first 26 Tests among Indian captains:

    7 Sourav Ganguly, VIRAT KOHLI 
    8 MS Dhoni 
    10 Nawab of Pataudi 
    11 Mohammad Azharuddin 
    16 Sunil Gavaskar 
    17 Kapil Dev 

    Least draws by teams in a Test season: (Min.12 matches)

    1 - Australia, 2005/06
    2 - INDIA, 2016/17
    2 - Australia, 2004/05
    2 - South Africa, 2007/08
    2 - Australia, 2008/09 

  • 16:28 (IST)

    Close of play

    After 100 overs,Australia 204/6 ( Peter Handscomb 72 , Matthew Wade (W) 9)

    Gould back to Kohli asking shall we go, and Kohli says no, let's play. Jadeja continues. PH drives a four. PH defensive to the rest. Jadeja over the wicket, PH gets his pad out. Defends the final ball, and finally Kohli walks up to Handscomb to shake hands, and that is that, end of the Test match. 

    100 overs, 204 runs, six wickets down. 181 runs were scored today, off 92 overs, in as gritty a day of Test cricket as you ever want to see.
    And it all remains dead even, with everything to play for in Dharmashala in four days time.

  • 16:24 (IST)

    Close of play:

    ​Jadeja bowls the 100th over. Australia 204/6 after 100 overs. Handscomb stays not out on 72 and Wade on 9. 

    And that's the end of the match as the players shake hands.

  • 16:21 (IST)

    After 99 overs,Australia 200/6 ( Peter Handscomb 68 , Matthew Wade (W) 9)

    Ash to Wade, lovely flight and loop and on the stumps, forcing Wade onto defense. Wade tries a drive to release pressure, the field is all in so he finds the cover boundary with ease as soon as he got a good bit of bat onto the drive. Plays the rest out in defence.

  • 16:20 (IST)

    Ashwin bowls the 99th over. Australia bring up their 200 in that over. Australia 200/6 after 99 overs. Handscomb is batting on 68 and Wade is on 9. 

  • 16:20 (IST)

    After 98 overs,Australia 196/6 ( Peter Handscomb 68 , Matthew Wade (W) 5)

    Even the umpires reminding Kohli that he can call it off now and Kohli goes, nah, we'll play on. Amazing stuff this at the fag end of an intense test. Handscomb facing Jadeja. Kohli waves all his deep fielders in. PH pushes out on the off, the fielder tries to give away a single, PH decides to keep strike and protect Wade. Brilliant stuff this. And that is 90 overs for the day. And VK walks briskly to the other end with his close cordon mates.

  • 16:18 (IST)

    Jadeja bowls the 98th over, which is a maiden. Australia 196/6 after 98 overs. Handscomb is batting on 68 and Wade is on 5. 

  • 16:16 (IST)

    After 97 overs,Australia 196/6 ( Peter Handscomb 68 , Matthew Wade (W) 5)

    Ash to Wade, around the wicket. Slips, two of them. Short mid off, short leg. And Saha goes "Lovely ball, almost sneaked in" -- in Hindi, of course, but giving feedback to Ashwin. 
    See what I mean, though? "Hard to understand why India is continuing," says Gavaskar. "They must be pretty tired". Likely, but it is an attitude thing -- they want to play as long as the game is live, and as long as they play they don't want to give away an inch.
    Wade gets four off a backfoot punch when Ash's carromball goes a bit straighter in line, and allows Wade space on his pads. 

  • 16:15 (IST)

    Ashwin bowls the 97th over. Australia 196/6 after 97 overs. Handscomb is batting on 68 and Wade is on 5. 

  • 16:13 (IST)

    After 96 overs,Australia 192/6 ( Peter Handscomb 68 , Matthew Wade (W) 1)

    Matt Wade came out and played out Ash's remaining deliveries in the previous over with men around the bat, hovering, chattering. And Jadeja continues, to Handscomb, Kohli vigorously waving his fielders around. Lovely to see, this -- in Tests, when it gets to the point of new return, the two teams go through the motions, then walk away as soon as they can. Here, neither side taking a backward step, the intensity as high as if this was the morning session.
    Jadeja buzzing around. So are the fielders, who keep needling Wade. The keeper gets out of jail with a push to point, single, lets PH handle all this stuff. Ph does.

  • 16:12 (IST)

    Jadeja completes the 96th over. Australia 192/6 after 96 overs. Handscomb is batting on 68 and Wade is on 1. 

  • 16:11 (IST)

    After 95 overs,Australia 190/6 ( Peter Handscomb 67 , Matthew Wade (W) 0)

    Ash continues, attacking Maxwell, gets him on the pad twice in two, once off the edge, once with the ball pitching outside leg. And Ashwin gets his first wicket. Carrom ball, Maxwell pushes with hard hands, edge onto pad, to Vijay at silly point. Good thinking by the Indians, they could have called play off, but kept at it, kept attacking, don't want to let Australia breathe easy right to the end. And getting Maxwell cheap is a bonus, the first innings centurion having to struggle here to survive and failing.

  • 16:11 (IST)

    Ashwin completes the 95th over. Australia 190/6 after 95 overs. Handscomb is batting on 67 and Wade is on 0. 

  • 16:09 (IST)

    OUT! Ashwin sends back Maxwell who is caught bat-pad by Vijay. Maxwell goes for 2 off 15 balls. Australia 190/6 in the 95th over.

    Maxwell c Vijay b Ashwin 2

    Wade the new batsman.

  • 16:06 (IST)

    After 94 overs,Australia 190/5 ( Peter Handscomb 67 , Glenn Maxwell 2)

    Umpires having a long chat with the batsmen, something about Maxwell and the pitch, I imagine. Very firm umpiring this Test from Gould and Gaffney. Jadeja to Peter Handscomb, nicely played out on the on and Ashwin runs across, dives, blocks it from going through, gets one. Maxwell squeezes out a single on the on. Four men around the bat on the off here -- sliip, silly point, silly cover, silly mid on. PH defends to the rest of the over.

  • 16:06 (IST)

    Jadeja bowls the 94th over. Australia 190/5 after 93 overs. Handscomb is batting on 67 and Maxwell is on 2. 

  • 16:05 (IST)

    The 124-run stand does end, but with only seven overs left at the time of the dismissal, it might have occurred a little too late. Tremendous fifth-wicket stand between Marsh and Handscomb, and the former departs having steered his side to safety. 
    The Indians though continue to appeal away after that dismissal, trying to maintain their aggressive demeanour despite the result of the game pretty much being a safe guess by now. 

  • 16:05 (IST)

    After 93 overs,Australia 188/5 ( Peter Handscomb 66 , Glenn Maxwell 1)

    With a single off the last ball, Maxwell retaining strike, and Ashwin takes over from Ishant. A testament to the intensity out there still is that despite the clock running out, neither side taking it easy. The field is up, the fielders are bustling around, the bowlers are on line and length and the batsmen aren't relaxing an inch either. Turns one in to Maxwell, and the ball pops up to short cover standing right up close catching but off the pad. Maxwell defends throughout that over. Maiden.

  • 16:04 (IST)

    Ashwin bowls the 93rd over and it's a maiden. Australia 188/5 after 93 overs. Handscomb is batting on 66 and Maxwell is on 1. 

  • 16:03 (IST)

    Stat Attack
    Most wickets in a season in Test cricket:
    78 - Dale Steyn, 2007/08
    77 - Ravichandran Ashwin, 2016/17
    67 - RAVINDRA JADEJA, 2016/17
    66 - Glenn McGrath, 1998/99
    64 - Anil Kumble, 2004/05 

  • 16:02 (IST)

    After 92 overs,Australia 188/5 ( Peter Handscomb 66 , Glenn Maxwell 1)

    Jadeja, who is now threatening to have his overs bowled and runs conceeded equal each other, finally strikes again. Jadeja gets one quick, flat along the line of off. Holds the length back a bit, Marsh forward defending, gets the ball on the high part of the bat straight to Murali Vijay, fielding at short mid on, one of two, the other being short midwicket, standing very close in front of the batsman. A fourth to Jadeja.

    Maxwell now at the wicket and Jadeja gets him on the pad, but the angle is likely taking it down leg. Plus on the replay, big inside edge which one of the close in fielders points to when the Indians think of reviewing. End of the over.

  • 16:00 (IST)

    Jadeja completes the 92nd over. Australia 188/5 after 92 overs. Handscomb is batting on 66 and Maxwell is on 1. 

  • 15:57 (IST)

    OUT! Shaun Marsh finally departs, caught by Vijay at forward short leg off Jadeja. He goes for 53 of 197 balls. Australia lose their fifth wicket for 187.

    Shaun Marsh c Vijay b Jadeja 53

    Glenn Maxwell is the new man at the crase.

  • 15:54 (IST)

    After 91 overs,Australia 187/4 ( Shaun Marsh 53 , Peter Handscomb 66)

    This is the fourth of the mandatory 15 in the last hour of the Test. Bouncer from Ishant, Handscomb leaves well, good testing line around off angling into the body, and an equally good leave. Immediately the fuller length, Ishant still probing away, but PH defends. Again the search for the yorker, and PH does well each time to pull his front foot out of the way so he can get the bat down to it. Short after those two fuller balls, and this time Handscomb into the pull, nicely controlled, not overhitting it and almost a short arm jab, gets him four. Australia 35 ahead. 

  • 15:53 (IST)

    Ishant bowls the 91st over. Australia 187/4 after 91 overs. Handscomb is batting on 66 and Shaun Marsh is on 53. 

  • 15:49 (IST)

    After 90 overs,Australia 183/4 ( Shaun Marsh 53 , Peter Handscomb 62)

    Jadeja still. Handscomb, now with two slips and two covers all in catching positions as Jadeja looks for the line on off. Manages to squeeze one past the finer of those two covers and to mid off, for one, with a nice little shimmy down the wicket to get close to the ball. Marsh plays out two.

  • 15:48 (IST)

    Jadeja bowls the 90th over. Australia 183/4 after 90 overs. Handscomb is batting on 62 and Shaun Marsh is on 53. 

  • 15:47 (IST)

    After 89 overs,Australia 182/4 ( Shaun Marsh 53 , Peter Handscomb 61)

    Ishant Sharma takes over from Ashwin. Makes sense, might as well let the quicks use the new ball for a bit, there really is nothing much left in this game. Around the wicket, finds the thick outer edge of Marsh's bat, down to third man for 2.
    And not for the first time, Ishant Sharma falls over on his follow through. Really wonder what';s up with this. Once is okay, happens to anyone, but Ishant makes this a habit at times. When IS drifts to leg looking for that yorker, PH glances fine, gets one towards fine leg. 

  • 15:47 (IST)

    Ishant replaces Ashwin for the 89th over. Australia 182/4 after 89 overs. Handscomb is batting on 61 and Shaun Marsh is on 53. 

  • 15:40 (IST)

    After 88 overs,Australia 180/4 ( Shaun Marsh 52 , Peter Handscomb 60)

    The last hour of this Test match, and it is Jadeja around the wicket to Handscomb, who defends. Maiden.

  • 15:39 (IST)

    Bck after drinks, Jadeja bowls the 88th over and it's a maiden. Australia 180/4 after 88 overs. Handscomb is batting on 60 and Shaun Marsh is on 52. 

  • 15:35 (IST)

    After 87 overs,Australia 180/4 ( Shaun Marsh 52 , Peter Handscomb 60)

    Ashwin to Handscomb, down the wicket driving, very nicely played but finds mid off, no run. Jumps back in his crease next up and works the single on the on side with the turn. Marsh defends two, Ash bowls with too much flight and too full in length and Marsh dances down, lovely extension into the drive and finally Marsh makes his 50, 191 balls, and the team dressing room, and even the Indians close in led by Kohli, applaud. Superb rearguard innings this, and that is drinks.

  • 15:34 (IST)

    Ashwin completes the 87th over. Australia 180/4 after 87 overs. Handscomb is batting on 60 and Shaun Marsh is on 52. And it's time for drinks.

  • 15:34 (IST)

    Shaun Marsh brings up half century with a fine drive off Ashwin. That has even Kohli clapping.

  • 15:31 (IST)

    After 86 overs,Australia 175/4 ( Shaun Marsh 48 , Peter Handscomb 59)

    Jadeja to Handscomb. Going around the wicket this time. PH drives the second ball, gets one to long off now standing back. Jaddu gets one turning in quite sharply, looking for that pad, Marsh keeps it out and manages not to put it within reach of that leg slip as he plays with the turn.
    Just one in the over. 23 ahead Australia.

  • 15:29 (IST)

    Jadeja bowls the 86th over. Australia 175/4 after 86 overs. Handscomb is batting on 59 and Shaun Marsh is on 48. 

  • 15:28 (IST)

    After 85 overs,Australia 174/4 ( Shaun Marsh 48 , Peter Handscomb 58)

    14 overs left in the day. 21 runs ahead Australia with six in hand. And after five days of intense cricket, this match now winding down into the draw that is, on balance, the fairest possible result.
    Ashwin continues to Handscomb who keeps trying to work that area, good field setting, blocking that and making him take risks. He manages to drag one of those shots a bit wide of the squarer of those two fielders, element of risk in there but he keeps it along the ground. Marsh for his part content to bat defensively, beaten by the last one, grip, bite, turn past the outside edge.

  • 15:27 (IST)

    Ashwin bowls the 85th over. After 85 overs,Australia 174/4 ( Shaun Marsh 48 , Peter Handscomb 58)

Day 4 report: Superb batting by Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha coupled with excellent bowling by Ravindra Jadeja put India in a strong position on the fourth day of the third cricket Test against Australia here on Sunday.

Pujara scored a double-century and Saha notched up a ton as the duo produced a partnership of 199 runs to enable India declare their first innings at 603/9 for a lead of 152 runs.

Australia had scored 451 in their first innings.

Pujara scored 202 runs off a marathon 525 deliveries with 21 hits to the ropes. This was the third Test double-century for Pujara and his second against Australia.

 Highlights India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 5: Handscomb stays unbeaten as visitors force a draw

Virat Kohli and Steve Smith, captain of India and Australia respectively. AP

The Saurashtra batsman also created the record of most balls faced in an innings by an Indian batsman.

He is the first Indian to face more than 400 balls in a Test innings at home since V.V.S. Laxman batted 452 deliveries during his 281-run knock against Australia during the Kolkata Test in 2001.

Pujara's marathon innings came to an end soon after the double-century when he tried to loft a Nathan Lyon delivery over midwicket and Glenn Maxwell pulled off an excellent catch.

Saha was also in excellent form at the other end, scoring 117 runs. His third century in the longest format of the game came off 233 deliveries and included eight boundaries and a six.

The hosts' first essay consumed 210 overs, the most numbers of overs that India have ever batted against Australia in a single innings. The previous highest was 202 overs during the Adelaide Test in 2004.

Among the other Indian batsmen, opener Murali Vijay scored 82, while Jadeja remained unbeaten on 54.

Fast bowler Pat Cummins was the most successful among the Australian bowlers with figures of 4/106.

Left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe returned figures of 3/199 while pacer Josh Hazlewood and off-spinner Lyon claimed a wicket each.

After skipper Virat Kohli declared the India innings with less than hour to go for stumps, left-arm spinner Jadeja claimed the wickets of David and Nathan Lyon to leave Australia struggling at 23/2 in their second outing when play was called for the day.

Jadeja notched up figures of 6/2 off the 3.2 overs he has bowled so far.

The visitors now trail India by 129 runs.

Earlier, resuming the penultimate day at 360/6, Pujara and Saha batted steadily as the hosts closed the deficit slowly but surely.

The two stitched together an unbeaten 107-run stand for the seventh wicket, with Pujara batting on 164 and Saha on 59. This is the highest run partnership in the innings.

Both batsmen survived two LBW appeals before lunch as they were on the right side of their respective Decision Review System (DRS) calls.

Throughout his marathon stay at the crease, Pujara was involved in a total of six partnerships.

The Saurashtra right-hander, who was rock solid on the backfoot, took a liking to Steve O'Keefe's bowling, scoring a lot of runs off the left-arm spinner.

But what got captain Virat Kohli smiling was the fact that India got both their reviews right on the money. First Saha was given out when he was batting on 19 and the score was 362/6.

But after the diminutive wicketkeeper-batsman went upstairs, replays showed the ball was missing leg stump.

Pujara was next, taking the DRS after umpire Ian Gould had adjudged him leg before to a Lyon delivery. But reviews showed that the delivery pitched on the off-stump line and turned a tad too much to miss the leg stump, forcing the umpire to reverse his original decision.

Pujara was an epitome of concentration as he brought up his 150 in typical fashion, stealing a run with a defensive jab.

Shortly before the lunch interval, Lyon again appealed and then referred, this time for caught behind when Saha executed a sweep shot.

But replays found no evidence of contact leaving the visitors more frustrated.

Pujara and Saha batted the entire post-lunch session as well before going back in quick succession after the tea break.

After Lyon had sent back Pujara, Saha fell just three overs later when he tried to chip an O'Keefe delivery over cover only to see Maxwell pull off another excellent catch.

Jadeja and Umesh Yadav then added 54 runs between them before Kohli decided to announce the declaration.

With IANS inputs.

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Updated Date: Mar 20, 2017 20:19:35 IST