Chirping Indian fielders annoyed Australia in drawn third cricket test in Ranchi

Australia, who began their second innings 152 runs adrift of the hosts, were in deep trouble after being reduced to 63 for four in Ranchi before Handscomb (72 not out) and Marsh (53) put on 124 for the fifth wicket.

Ranchi's own son and India legend MS Dhoni watched on from the corporate box as Australia inched closer to safety.

When Australia posted a massive 451 in their first innings at Ranchi, India, guided by the able and steady hands of Cheteshwar Pujara, overhauled it and thanks to the lower order resistance of Wriddhiman Saha and Ravindra Jadeja, even amassed a lead in excess of 150 runs. [Cheteshwar] Pujara and [Wriddhiman] Saha batted exceptionally well. Not being able to take the field [due to injury] was never easy for me and then watching the opposition get big runs was hard. "He's been outstanding with the bat and I hope he can continue until the last Test", he said.

Rearguard action: Shaun Marsh celebrates his half-century with Peter Handscomb.

India, however, will also have tremendous belief in their camp after recovering from a tricky position to get themselves to the point where they were hot favourites to win the game.

"As long as we keep doing that, I'm sure we're going to be in good positions in Test cricket".

Renshaw's removal by Sharma ignited the crowd with the locals raising the energy levels in the stands, which appeared to lift the home side. "As I said, I'm really happy he performed in a big pressure match, in a hard situation and put us in a position to have a shot at winning the game".

Shaun Marsh and Peter Handsomb would knuckle down though and ultimately do enough to save the game and set up a series decider in Dharamsala. So credit to them, when someone plays well, you have to give them credit, we understand that.

"We didn't try and think about the end result too much, just about playing each ball on its merits and I thought we did that really well together today and I really enjoyed being out there with him". "Very satisfying seeing Kohli out cheaply.At the moment we have got the better of him but we know such a good player can bounce back at any time", said Saker, who added that the ongoing game is "evenly poised". Renshaw in particular was impressive once again, soaking pressure by batting outside off to negate Jadeja's effect from the rough.

"You don't take much notice of it".

Virat Kohli and Co.'s occasional barbs too affected their concentration, but both the batsmen remained resolute and kept resisting.

"Pujara always backed me to play my shots", Saha said. You really feel glad for a guy like him.

On a wearing fifth-day wicket, it's pretty justified to expect a team's leading bowler to have better figures than 30-10-71-1. Teams will now focus on the fourth and final Test with the Border-Gavaskar Trophy on the line, and all eyes are already on what kind of wicket Dharamsala will offer for its maiden Test.

  • Leroy Wright