IN PICS: Pujara, Cummins star on day three

Sport360 staff 18/03/2017

Cheteshwar Pujara's century and Pat Cummins' four-wicket haul ensured the third Test between India and Australia hangs in the balance at the end of play on day three at Ranchi.

Pujara and Murali Vijay started the day on a solid note for the Indian team, with the duo putting on 102 runs for the second wicket. India seemed to have had the game under control at 193/1, but an attempt at an ambitious shot from Vijay just before lunch saw him stumped for 82.

After that, the Indian batsmen were unable to build any significant partnership as the Australian bowlers kept pegging them back by taking wickets when a partnership threatened to blossom.

Pujara, though, fought it out for the hosts - ending the day unbeaten on 130 [his 11th Test century] with India's score reading 360/6, still 91 runs behind Australia's first innings total.

India captain Virat Kohli, who suffered a shoulder injury while fielding, did come out to bat in his regular position at number four but was dismissed for just six.

Ajinkya Rahane and Karun Nair got into double digits but weren't able to carry on and notch up a significant score.

Cummins - who returned to the Australian Test XI for the first time in over five years - has starred with the ball with four wickets in the match so far. After dismissing KL Rahul on Friday, he got the scalps of Kohli, Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin on Saturday.

Steve O'Keefe and Josh Hazlewood picked up a wicket apiece for the visitors.

BRIEF SCORES

Australia 451 all out [Smith 178*, Maxwell 104, Jadeja 5/124] lead India 360/6 [Pujara 130*, Vijay 82, Cummins 4/59] by 91 runs.

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Can India get a first innings lead?

India got off to a solid start with the bat in response to Australia’s 451 on day two of the third Test between the two sides at Ranchi.

The hosts will need to continue in the same vein on day three if they are to put Australia on the backfoot. The big question is, of course, if India captain Virat Kohli will bat and where he will bat, having injured his right shoulder while fielding on Thursday.

On the other hand, Australia will be hopeful of getting some quick wickets and applying pressure on the Indian team. A win for the visitors here will see them retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

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Jadeja starred for India with the ball [Sportzpics]

Led by openers KL Rahul and Murali Vijay, India fought back with the bat after Australia had posted a total of 451 in their first innings on day two of the third Test in Ranchi.

India were 120/1 at the end of day’s play, with KL Rahul getting dismissed after he scored his fourth half-century of the series. Murali Vijay [42*] and Cheteshwar Pujara [10*] will resume batting on Saturday.

Earlier, captain Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell’s centuries helped the Australians put up a sizeable score on the board. Smith remained unbeaten on 178 at the end of the innings, while Maxwell scored 104.

As expected, on Twitter, there was much praise for Smith and Maxwell after their sublime knocks.

Former Australian captain Michael Clarke hailed Indian left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, who picked up five wickets despite not getting much assistance from the pitch.

Here, we collect the top tweets of the day.

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