IN PICS: Pujara, Saha, Jadeja put India on top

The wicketkeeper-batsman said he was playing the spinners better now.

India 1st innings: 603 for 9 in 210 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 202, Wriddhiman Saha 117, Pat Cummins 4/106).

India is well and truly in the box seat to win in Ranchi, leading by 129 runs with Australia already 2-23 heading into the final day.

Wriddhiman Saha and Cheteshwar Pujara turned the tables on the Australians on Day 4.

Murali Vijay admitted that the Aussie bowling gave little away in the first session and said himself and Cheteshwar Pujara, after a chat, had chose to take on the bowling. The No.3 batsman who is technically sound, has been instrumental in this season’s Test matches on home soil.

Australia were left frustrated when their review for a catch off a sweep shot of Saha in the last over before lunch was also overturned.

But he ensured that this double hundred compensates for all the centuries he has missed.

Pujara continued his marathon innings, registering his fifth 150-plus score in Tests while also batting for the highest number of balls ever by an Indian Test batsman. First Saha was given out when he was batting on 19 and the score was 362/6. He faced 233 balls hitting eight fours and a six.

His partner for almost one whole day was wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, and the pair joined in a kind of eastern trance, thinking in terms of eons against an opponent accustomed to playing in moments. With MS Dhoni donning the gloves for almost a decade, Saha could not play regularly until the former Indian skipper retired from Test matches.

Beginning from Friday’s 120 the Indian squad made 360 thanks to Pujara’s unbeaten 130, though recovering from shoulder injury skipper Virat Kohli and others could not add much to the scorecard.

“Fortunately I did it last week – that’s about the only time in the last few years I have”. But on the fourth day of the third Test match, he scored yet another watchful century.

Awesome feat: Steve Smith applauds as India’s Cheteshwar Pujara celebrates scoring a double hundred. He scored 82 facing 183 balls with 10 boundaries and a six.

The same incident has been talked about by numerous ex-cricketers and also the twitteratis. First, Saha got to his third test hundred off 214 balls.

They required just 55 overs to dismiss England in the second innings in Mumbai and took all 10 wickets within the space of 49 overs in Chennai, and won both matches by an innings.

Australia had scored 451 in their first innings.

For India, Ravindra Jadeja (5/124) bowled with a lot of heart sending down as many as 49.3 overs.

In Ranchi, Lyon and Steve O’Keefe bowled 123 overs, and were cut 15 times and pulled four times.

Australia were reduced to 23/2 at stumps as Ravindra Jadeja sent opener David Warner and nightwatchman Nathan Lyon back to the hut early. Visiting coach Darren Lehmann on Sunday spoke about the challenges that lay ahead of his team on the final day with a special focus on Jadeja.

“I’ve got definite bat, inside edge”, Llong said. Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid, who between them bowled almost 60% of England’s total overs – finished with combined figures of 6 for 366 with a combined economy rate of 3.37. Now his batting scores for the series read: 0, 13, 12, 15, 6.

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