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.