India finished 3rd day by scoring 360 runs
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 20, 2017,
Mar 20, 2017, 14:36
This rough outside the left-handed batsman's off stump - if he bats from the pavilion end - could decide the outcome of this Test. Matt Renshaw, a southpaw, was undefeated.
On a day when Indians Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha sought to slowly bat Australia into the dirt, the visiting bowlers showed fantastic resilience, refusing to wilt on day four of the third Test in Ranchi. That's what we want to be.
"It's tough to lose those two wickets tonight". However, at the fag end of the day India did manage to pick up two wickets but by that time a draw was also already written all over the game. What we've put in at practice, obviously we've got to do that tomorrow and deliver on the big stage. Pujara, who was involved in a 102-run second-wicket stand with overnight partner Murali Vijay (82), was holding the innings together with his 11th Test century.
It was great to see the Australians play so well in alien conditions and it seems like they have set the examples to teams touring next to India.
Thereafter, the duo looked for some quick runs.
Vijay completed his 50 in 129 balls hitting four boundaries and a six, while Pujara began moving ahead with ones and twos. His footwork against Lyon and Steve O'Keefe was exemplary. So the batsmen will keep it in mind tomorrow. It's a case of us applying ourselves much like Pujara and Saha did today. It is very, very rare that a team has to spend more than 200 overs in the field in one innings.
Australia skipper Steve Smith had made 178 not out in his side's first innings, but was one of the two wickets to fall in the first session of the final day.
This partnership hurt Australia as Jadeja brought up his sixth test half-century off only 51 balls.
Yadav was last man dismissed in the 209th over, as India declared shortly afterwards with a handy lead. So, finally, Australia lost their all wickets by scoring 451 runs. With just five overs remaining before India got back their allotted reviews, Pujara went upstairs, and the ball once again turned just about enough to miss leg. "I played in a positive sense so it came out well". I am backing myself more now, and playing my shots. If he is carrying an injury, even a slight one, India will be better off giving the off-spinner a rest, even if that isn't going to happen considering the final Test match is now a winner-take-all.