Kohli praises Marsh, Handscomb for averting Australian defeat

That this series remains alive with one Test to play is a significant achievement for Australia.

"I'm sure that all of the boys that batted out in the middle - Renshaw, Shaun and Handscomb - the three that did very well, they'll take loads out of what they've been able to do in this second innings". Australia holds the Border-Gavaskar trophy and will retain the silverware if the series is drawn.

"Losing the toss here was never easy".

"It was a long time in the field and credit to India, they played beautifully".

Australian captain Steve Smith said earlier that he had been disappointed with the broadcast that made it seem as if he was grabbing his shoulder, seemingly mocking Kohli's injury, after holding the catch to dismiss the Indian captain.

Chetan believes the pre-match talk about the pitch at JSCA International Stadium Complex completely deceived its true nature as the game went all the way to the final hour of play with just 26 wickets possible. We put ourselves in a position to win, so we feel it was a very good effort. 450 was not enough to win this match. India are all set to sit on the top position and grab an amount of USA $1 million prize cheque provided by the ICC April 1 cut-off date.

They also overcame a testing period of reverse swing as well as the constant danger of the rough, which was more concerning to the left-handed Marsh.

Warner experienced a similar downturn in fortunes during the last Australian summer and he started the second Test against Pakistan on Boxing Day without a Test century to his name for nearly a year. We want to continue the same. "For the team's sake we need to get off to a good start", he said.

About the pitch the Victorian said, "It gives the squad a massive amount of confidence, knowing we can go in and assess the pitch as quickly as we can and then play our game from there". Pujara over a span of two days batted for a mammoth 11 hours, faced 525 balls and scored his third global double century.

"I guess after that first innings we were glad that we got 450, but reflecting on the game - and we did speak about it afterwards - we did score 450 but we definitely did have a chance there to score 500-550, potentially 600, and really set the game up for ourselves", Handscomb said.

But still 89 runs away from making their hosts bat again at that stage, they responded with a stand of 124.

Smith said his team was looking forward to Dharamsala.

Cheteshwar Pujara was adjudged the man of the match for his double century during India's first innings.

Pujara got strong support from wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha, and the two added 199 runs for the seventh wicket, which is now the highest partnership for India in Tests against Australia for that wicket, bettering the 132-run stand between Vijay Hazare and Hemu Adhikari which came at Adelaide in 1948.

Australia salvaged a draw in Ranchi thanks to a game-changing partnership between Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh.

Handscomb had managed a total of 100 runs from five innings while Marsh's return of just 93 was made more glaring after he had replaced in-form Usman Khawaja to start the series.

  • Julie Sanders