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Jadeja will be key for India.

For the first time in the ongoing series between India and Australia, there is going to be play on day five of a Test and what an exciting day of cricket is in prospect.

Although the Ranchi wicket has favoured batting for most parts of the game so far, Ravindra Jadeja got some purchase with the ball in the final half an hour of play on day four.

Australia will resume their second innings on 23/2 and need 129 more runs to make India bat again.

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Top tweets from day four of Ranchi Test

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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.

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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.

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