India vs Australia, 3rd Test: Ravindra Jadeja puts hosts on top with Steve Smith's wicket before lunch

India's Ravindra Jadeja took the big wicket of captain Steve Smith to damage Australia's hopes of salvaging a draw on the final day of the third Test in Ranchi on Monday.

AFP March 20, 2017 12:11:14 IST
India vs Australia, 3rd Test: Ravindra Jadeja puts hosts on top with Steve Smith's wicket before lunch

Ranchi: India's Ravindra Jadeja took the big wicket of captain Steve Smith to damage Australia's hopes of salvaging a draw on the final day of the third Test in Ranchi on Monday.

Australia were 83 for four at lunch with Shaun Marsh on 15 and Peter Handscomb on four, needing another 69 runs to avoid an innings defeat.

Quick bowler Ishant Sharma got the first breakthrough when he trapped Matt Renshaw plumb in front for 15 with a delivery that kept low.

India vs Australia 3rd Test Ravindra Jadeja puts hosts on top with Steve Smiths wicket before lunch

Ravindra Jadeja celebrates after taking the big wicket of Steve Smith on the final day in Ranchi. AFP

But it was Smith's wicket off the left-arm spin of Jadeja that created the loudest noise at India's newest Test venue.

Smith was on 21 when he tried to pad away a viciously turning delivery from Jadeja that spun from outside leg to rattle the right-handed batsman's off stump.

Smith, who scored an unbeaten 178 in the first innings, resisted for 68 balls second time around before Jadeja's exploitation of the rough created by the bowlers' footmarks paid off.

It was the third wicket of the innings for Jadeja, who had also removed vice-captain and opening batsman David Warner for 14 and night watchman Nathan Lyon for two late on day four.

Renshaw and Smith survived the first hour of play with some sensible batting during their 36-run third-wicket stand until the pressure exerted by India caught up with the visitors.

Virat Kohli's side had seized control of the match on Sunday after declaring their first innings on 603 for nine, a lead of 152 runs.

Cheteshwar Pujara with 202 and Wriddhiman Saha, who scored 117, shared a 199-run partnership for the seventh wicket to script India's turnaround in response to Australia's 451.

The four-match series for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy is tied 1-1.

Updated Date:

also read

T20 World Cup 2021: Babar Azam says 10-match winning streak gives Pakistan the edge over India
First Cricket News

T20 World Cup 2021: Babar Azam says 10-match winning streak gives Pakistan the edge over India

The arch-rivals will meet in Dubai on 24 October in what will be the biggest clash of the tournament that starts Sunday in Oman and the UAE.

Ashes: Chris Silverwood says England will look to learn from India’s plans in 2-1 Test triumph over Australia
First Cricket News

Ashes: Chris Silverwood says England will look to learn from India’s plans in 2-1 Test triumph over Australia

England are seeking to reclaim the Ashes for the first time since 2015. Silverwood was speaking after naming his 17-man squad for the series which begins in Brisbane on 8 December.

T20 World Cup 2021: Rohit finds his groove, Virat the 'sixth bowler' as India outclass Australia in last warm-up game
First Cricket News

T20 World Cup 2021: Rohit finds his groove, Virat the 'sixth bowler' as India outclass Australia in last warm-up game

Captaining the side with Virat Kohli only taking the field to bowl, Rohit Sharma (60 retired off 41) showed sublime touch alongside opening partner KL Rahul (39 off 31) as India chased down Australia's 152 for five.