Ranchi Test: Day four in pictures
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 20, 2017,
Mar 20, 2017, 13:14
Cheteshwar Pujura's patient double century at Ranchi yesterday has turned the third Test into a match only India can win.
Team India is now playing the 3rd Test against Australia which has started in 16th March, 2017.
The 23-year-old Cummins was ably supported by fellow paceman Josh Hazlewood and spinner Steve O'Keefe who took a wicket each on pitch that still looked good for batting.
First, the Cheteshwar Pujara- Wriddhiman Saha partnership left Australia panting and then their spirits sagged completely after Ravindra Jadeja, after a fiery half-century, landed the punches with the ball at close.
Chasing the visitors first innings total of 451, the Indians, however, still trail by 148 runs. Even when I defended, I did it in a positive sense and when I played my shots, that was also in a positive sense. "He rated his Ranchi hundred above both of them."[This one is] the best of the lot", he said.
Along with Pujara at stumps is Karun Nair with 13. Opener KL Rahul contributed with solid 67 runs before being caught on the bowling of Cummins. It is already causing alarm for Australia, who have four southpaws in the top seven compared to India's zero. "Hats off to selectors to go with him". India had suddenly got momentum and Jadeja rode it to dismiss Smith first ball of the next over.
The day belonged to Pujara (202) and Saha (117), who put on 199 for the seventh wicket to frustrate an Australian bowling attack that failed to take a wicket in the first two sessions. India, whose innings run-rate is less than three an over, managed to score only 57 runs in the 31 overs bowled in the final session and lost two wickets.
Virat Kohli celebrated by rubbing his still-on-the-mend right shoulder - it has been in considerable focus for the right and the wrong reasons - with glee. But at 23/2 at stumps on Day Four, still needing 129 to make India bat again, Australia have not only surrendered the advantage but are now hoping for a miracle to not lose the Test.
Looks unlikely but someone did say that cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties.
In the press conference after the end of day's play, India opener Murali Vijay played down the incident - stating that the Indian team are now focused on the match. I can no longer remember which one of us is Matt Renshaw, are we still out here playing cricket, or is this just a description of a bad Test match that a sports psychologist is telling us about while we're hypnotised to prepare us for India?