Top tweets from day four of Ranchi Test

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • Mail
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • WhatsApp
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
Pujara lifts his bat to the crowd after his knock [Sportzpics]

It was a great day for India as they put Australia on the back foot after a sublime partnership from Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha, which was followed by a impressive all-round performance by Ravindra Jadeja.

Pujara notched up a double century, while Saha scored 117 as the duo added 199 runs for the seventh wicket for India. Jadeja scored a quickfire half-century before taking two Australian scalps before the end of play on day four.

Having lost David Warner and nightwatchman Nathan Lyon, Australia find themselves 23/2 in their second innings, trailing India by 129 runs.

There was a lot of plaudits for Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha on Twitter, with former Australia captain Michael Clarke tweeting: “Stand and applaud! It’s a double for @cheteshwar1 200 in 521 balls…. what a performance.”

England cricketer Kevin Pietersen, on the other hand, said first innings runs are always crucial in Indian conditions.

Here, we collect the top tweets of the day.

Most popular

Related Sections

IN PICS: Pujara, Saha, Jadeja put India on top

Sport360 staff 19/03/2017

A double century from Cheteshwar Pujara and a century from Wriddhiman Saha helped India take control of the third Test against Australia at Ranchi on Sunday.

Heading into play on day four, it looked like the match was evenly poised, but a brilliant partnership from Pujara and Saha - which yielded 199 runs - gave India the upper hand.

Pujara batted on and on, facing 525 deliveries for his 202 [the longest ever Test innings by an Indian batsman in terms of balls faced]. This was the Saurashtra batsman's third double ton in Test cricket and his second against Australia.

Pujara was ably supported by Saha who once again showed why he is considered the number one wicket-keeper in India in the longest format of the game. He hit eight fours and one six during his innings of 117. India would finally declare on 603/9 after Ravindra Jadeja slammed a quickfire unbeaten half-century lower down the order. The Australian bowlers had to toil hard, with Pat Cummins being the most impressive with four wickets to his name. Left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe bowled 77 overs to pick up figures of 3/199. The misery did not end there for the visitors as Jadeja took the wickets of David Warner and nightwatchman Nathan Lyon before the end of play. Australia ended the day on 23/2 in their second innings, trailing India by 129 runs. BRIEF SCORES Australia 451 all out [Smith 178*, Maxwell 104, Jadeja 5/124] and 23/2 [Warner 14, Jadeja 2/6] trail India 603/9 [Pujara 202, Saha 117, Cummins 4/106] by 129 runs.

Most popular

Related Sections

Brian Lara backs "outstanding" Virat Kohli

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • Mail
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • WhatsApp
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
Lara pointed to his own runs of poor form in his career.

The runs have dried up for India captain Virat Kohli during the Test series against Australia, prompting concerns about his form.

But West Indies legend Brian Lara believes it is part of sport and a few low scores shouldn’t take the sheen away from Kohli’s illustrious career.

“Virat is an outstanding cricketer, he has led the charge. People look at Virat in amazement,” Lara told Sport360 on the sidelines of the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai.

“All sportsmen, in team sports, fail more than they succeed. In football you score less goals than the number of matches you play.

“In cricket I have more scores under 40 than over 40.

“Eventually, Virat is going to taper off when opposing bowlers are going to get a hang of what he does and he is not going to be as successful.

“But that does not make him any lesser as a batsman.”

Most popular

Related Sections