IN PICS: Handscomb, Marsh defy India to earn draw

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

Sport360 staff
by Sport360 staff
20th March 2017

article:20th March 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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IN PICTURES: Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh defy Indian bowlers as Ranchi Test ends in a draw

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

The Indian team in a huddle before the start of play on day five.

The Indian team in a huddle before the start of play on day five.

Ishant celebrates the wicket of Renshaw.

Ishant celebrates the wicket of Renshaw.

Smith is bowled by Jadeja.

Smith is bowled by Jadeja.

Jadeja celebrates the wicket of Smith with his teammates.

Jadeja celebrates the wicket of Smith with his teammates.

Handscomb after getting to his fifty.

Handscomb after getting to his fifty.

Marsh celebrates his half-century.

Marsh celebrates his half-century.

Handscomb and Marsh added 124 runs for the fifth wicket.

Handscomb and Marsh added 124 runs for the fifth wicket.

Former India captain MS Dhoni was in the stadium.

Former India captain MS Dhoni was in the stadium.

Kohli and Handscomb shake hands to signal the end of the match.

Kohli and Handscomb shake hands to signal the end of the match.

Handscomb walks off after salvaging a draw for his team.

Handscomb walks off after salvaging a draw for his team.