Marsh, Handscomb halt India march in 3rd Test

Renshaw had a few awkward moments against Jadeja but overall held his shape well in dealing with the left-armer’s variation between sharp turn and skidding straight balls. Jadeja was not done in yet – he castled night-watchman Lyon in the day’s last over.

An impeccable century from Cheteshwar Pujara and a 82-run knock from Murali Vijay helped India reach a respectable 360/6 in reply to Australia’s 451 on day three of the third Test match here on Saturday.

“Tough to lose those two wickets tonight, they were some good balls for them”.

Jadeja jubilates with his teammates after dismissing Australian batsman David Warner.

“He was losing partners at the other end, and we were not getting really big partnerships”. The Test saw Pujara eclipse records on his way to a double ton and Saha prove it again that he is the best after Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Pujara was batting on 190, having played the longest innings by an Indian in terms of balls faced after almost 11 hours in the middle.

Australia skipper Steve Smith kept up the pressure by rotating his bowling options as runs trickled in for the hosts in the final two hours of play.

Thereafter, the duo looked for some quick runs.

Hopes of a historic Australian result grew at tea, but it appeared the resistance had come to an end seven balls after the break when Handscomb was trapped in front by Umesh Yadav. O’Keefe did a serviceable job, while Nathan Lyon’s callused fingers, restricting him to a mere 46 overs, cost Australia both manpower and penetration. So the batsmen will keep it in mind tomorrow. “It’s a case of obviously applying ourselves much like Pujara and Saha did today”, Lehmann said.

However, Australia batted first by winning the toss in the 3rd test at Ranchi and openers made at just 50 runs partnership when Warner was out.

This partnership hurt Australia as Jadeja brought up his sixth test half-century off only 51 balls.

Comeback man Pat Cummins was the most successful bowler bagging 4/106 in 39 overs.

Australia now require another 72 runs with six wickets in hand. That error put Cheteshwar Pujara’s enormous concentration in perspective, and left Australia with a mountain to climb to escape Ranchi with a draw. “I think the game is evenly poised”. I am backing myself more now, and playing my shots.

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