Top tweets as India-Australia third Test ends in a draw

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Handscomb walks off after salvaging a draw for Australia [Sportzpics]

The third Test between India and Australia at Ranchi ended in a draw to leave the four-match series all square at 1-1 with one Test still left.

Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh were the stars for Australia on Monday, with both batsmen notching up half-centuries and adding 124 runs for the fifth wicket.

On the other hand, Ravindra Jadeja looked like India’s best bowler – picking up four wickets, to add to the five scalps he took in Australia’s first innings.

On Twitter, legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne congratulated the Australian team on their efforts and interestingly mentioned that the visitors can now win the series as – according to him – the venue for the fourth Test, Dharamshala, will suit their style.

On the other hand, former Indian opener Aakash Chopra believes that Ravichandran Ashwin’s poor form was the difference between a draw and an Indian victory in Ranchi.

Here, we collect the top tweets of the day.

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IN PICS: Handscomb, Marsh defy India to earn draw

Sport360 staff 20/03/2017

Half-centuries from the Australian duo of Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh frustrated India as the third Test between the two teams in Ranchi ended in a draw on Monday.

Starting day five on 23/2, trailing India by 129 runs, Matt Renshaw and captain Steve Smith saw off the first hour without losing a wicket. But both would soon fall within four balls of each other to seemingly open the door for the Indian bowlers.

Handscomb and Marsh, though, had other plans as they batted the entire post-lunch session without giving away their wicket. They would go on to add a 124-run partnership to all but end India's hopes of winning the Test.

Marsh was finally dismissed for 53 [off 197 balls], while Handscomb stayed on until the end - unbeaten on 72 from 200 deliveries to guide Australia to a memorable draw. For India, Ravindra Jadeja was the pick of the bowlers - taking four wickets in Australia's second innings to make it a nine-wicket haul in the match for himself. With the series level at 1-1, the two teams will now move to Dharamshala for the deciding encounter. BRIEF SCORES Australia 451 all out [Smith 178*, Maxwell 104, Jadeja 5/124] and 204/6 [Handscomb 72*, Marsh 53, Jadeja 4/54] vs India 603/9 [Pujara 202, Saha 117, Cummins 4/106] ends in a draw. Player of the Match - Cheteshwar Pujara

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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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