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

See the best images from day four of the third Test between India and Australia at Ranchi.

Sport360 staff
by Sport360 staff
19th March 2017

article:19th March 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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IN PICTURES: Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravindra Jadeja help India take upper hand in Ranchi Test

See the best images from day four of the third Test between India and Australia at Ranchi.

Pujara and Saha put on a 199-run partnership for the seventh wicket.

Pujara and Saha put on a 199-run partnership for the seventh wicket.

Saha celebrates after getting to his century.

Saha celebrates after getting to his century.

Pujara celebrates his third double hundred.

Pujara celebrates his third double hundred.

Pujara's innings ended at 202, having faced 525 balls - an Indian record.

Pujara's innings ended at 202, having faced 525 balls - an Indian record.

The Australian team celebrate the wicket of Saha.

The Australian team celebrate the wicket of Saha.

Saha raises his bat to the crowd after being dismissed for 117.

Saha raises his bat to the crowd after being dismissed for 117.

It was a frustrating day for Australian players.

It was a frustrating day for Australian players.

Jadeja does his usual celebration after reaching his fifty.

Jadeja does his usual celebration after reaching his fifty.

Warner is bowled by Jadeja.

Warner is bowled by Jadeja.

Kohli, Jadeja and other Indian players celebrate Warner's wicket.

Kohli, Jadeja and other Indian players celebrate Warner's wicket.