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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

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Mar 20, 2017 - 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.

Mar 20, 2017 - 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. 

Mar 20, 2017 - 18:11 (IST)

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Mar 20, 2017 - 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. 

Mar 20, 2017 - 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.  

Mar 20, 2017 - 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.       

Mar 20, 2017 - 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

Mar 20, 2017 - 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. 

Mar 20, 2017 - 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.   

Mar 20, 2017 - 16:45 (IST)

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

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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