Australia 451 & 23/2 at stumps on Day 4, trail India (603/9d) by 129 runs.
Ravindra Jadeja strikes, David Warner departs for 14.
Australia 17/1, trail by 135 runs
Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack. And, he is getting turn here. Can he get early breakthrough for India.
Australia are 9/0
FOUR! Second boundary for Warner. Great start for Australia.
8 overs to go in the day. Can India give Australia early jolts?
Warner and Renshaw are at the crease. Ashwin will open the attack
India have declared on 603/9. They lead by 152 runs.
Cheteshwar Pujara 202, Wriddhiman Saha 117
FIFTY! Ravindra Jadeja brings up his 6th Test half-century.
India 599/9, lead by 148 runs
WICKET! Steve O'Keefe dismisses Umesh Yadav for 16. India 595/9, lead by 144 runs
FOUR! Umesh Yadav at his best. Such a wonderful shot. He cuts it nicely and the ball races between the two slips. LEAD is now 143 runs.
Pat Cummins is back into the attack. India are in a commanding position. It is not going to be easy for Australia. Jadeja is nearing a half century. A lead of above 150 will be enough to put pressure on Australia.
SIX! Another one from Jadeja. The same shot. It seems a replay of the previous one.
India 586/8, lead by 135 runs.
SIX! straight down the ground, Jadeja at his best. He goes over the Lyon's head.
India 578/8, lead by 127 runs
O' Keefe has bowled really well and has gone ahead and tried his best to break the partnership between Pujara and Saha. But the Indian duo has done a brilliant job. India's score reads 471/6
Cheteshwar Pujara now holds record for highest Test score at Ranchi. Overtaking Steve Smith's long-standing mark set last Friday #INDvAUS
The Indian batsmen have looked in fine form after the lunch break, making the most of the hardness of the third new ball. Playing it straight, both Pujara and Saha have looked in control. India's score reads 448/6
Saha is at it again. India have definitely looked to take the attack to the Australians in the post lunch session. That was pitched up again and Saha leaned into the drive off Cummins. India's score reads 448/6
Pujara now takes the attack and hits a beautiful flick that races away to the mid-wicket boundary. Hazlewood looks on frustrated as the Australians just cannot seem to have an answer on how to dismiss Pujara. India's score reads 444/6
Saha starts with a boundary in the post lunch session. Pat Cummins pitched that one up, more of a loosner and Saha was quick to grab the opportunity.India's score reads 440/6
That is Lunch in Ranchi with India's score reading 435/6. Pujara (164) and Saha (59) at the crease with India still 16 runs behind Australia's first innings score with four wickets in hand.
Lyon pitches it up and Saha misses the sweep. But Wade goes up straightaway for an inside edge. The umpire says NO and the Aussies decide to review the decision. That is a waste as the ball did not touch the bat or glove. India's score reads 435/6
Saha goes on the backfoot to punch Lyon through the cover region. That was a shot of a man in fine form. Good running as the boys pick three runs. India's score reads 434/6
Preview: After two enthralling Test matches in Pune and Bengaluru, the ongoing third Test between India and Australia is definitely not the best advertisement for the longest format of the game, but then, sometimes it is more about grinding it out for the team’s cause than playing to the galleries. And that is exactly what Cheteshwar Pujara did on Saturday as he registered his 11th Test century to bring India closer to Australia’s first innings score of 451.
Pujara has this home season shown what he is capable of, be it steadying the ship or playing the aggressor’s role. While he is still some distance away from being the rightful owner of Rahul Dravid’s boots, he has scored a mammoth 1914 runs this first-class season in 16 games at an average of 85.00 with seven 100s and nine 50s. And on Saturday he was once again on the money.
At stumps, India’s score read 360 for 6, still trailing by 91 runs, with Pujara (130) and Wriddhiman Saha (18) at the crease. Even though the wicket at the JSCA Stadium has no demons in it, a disciplined and sometimes negative bowling from the Aussies saw the Indian batsmen struggle to score runs at ease.