Australia-India tensions rising in Ranchi
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 20, 2017,
Mar 20, 2017, 8:53
Hosting its maiden Test match, the Ranchi wicket looks a batting paradise and the Indian openers gave a strong foundation to the innings.
With 21 hits to the ropes, this was the third Test double-century for Pujara and his second against Australia.
India 1st innings: 603 for 9 in 210 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 202, Wriddhiman Saha 117, Pat Cummins 4/106).
Saha's unbeaten 99 was well adorned by a six and seven boundaries and was halted at a notable strike rate of 46.47 at Tea.
Wriddhiman Saha hasn't been in great form in the ongoing Test series before he came in to bat on day three.
In a Test match that has already seen plenty of incidents, including Virat Kohli's shoulder injury and then Glenn Maxwell mocking Indian Test captain's shoulder injury and Murali Vijay's response to the incident he described as a "sportive thing", another occured on day four.
When Australia belatedly ended the Pujara-Saha stand, they were given another insult by Jadeja, who whacked a whirlwind 54 off 55 balls.
525 Balls faced by Cheteshwar Pujara - the most by an India batsman in a Test innings (where balls faced is known).
Pujara was an epitome of concentration as he brought up his 150 in typical fashion, stealing a run of a defensive jab. Australia ended the day at 23/2, trailing India by 129 runs, after the hosts declared at 603/9 earlier in the day.
Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja dealt Australia late blows on the fifth morning of the Ranchi Test to increase their stranglehold on the match.
# The Australian bowlers have been miserly since the day begun. It was just a different challenge, is all - here, the risk lay in the left-arm spinner drifting the ball across you, hitting that rough, then turning the ball sharply back across you the other way with bounce.
Once past his hundred, he too went for quick runs and fell to Steve O'Keefe who bowled a staggering 77 overs for his three wickets as Australia endured a tough day in the field.
The batsman immediately reviewed and replays suggested the ball would have missed the stumps. For that they will need to bowl Australia out cheaply in the second innings and hope to chase a small target down quickly later in the day.
India still trail by 258 runs and will look to reduce the deficit when play resumes in the second session.
Run rate of India's innings - the lowest among their 27 600-plus totals.
Next up will be Shaun Marsh, and how often have we said it, his Test career is again on the line.