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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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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