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India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 3: As It Happened

Updated: March 18, 2017, 5:38 PM IST

3rd Test, JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi 16 - 20 March, 2019

Toss won by Australia (decided to bat)

India drew with Australia

Man of the Match: Cheteshwar Pujara


That's it then, stumps have been called on Day 3.

India: 360/6, trail Australia (451) by 91 runs. Cheteshwar Pujara: 130*, Wriddhiman Saha: 18*


Four: Saha is picking his deliveries well. This time the right hander paddle sweeps a wide O'Keefe delivery for a boundary behind Matthew Wade. Crucial runs these for the hosts.


Pujara is stitching another good partnership and this time Saha is giving him good support from the other end. The partnership is now worth 27 runs.


Pujara's innings has made the Indian team forget about Kohli's failure with the bat in this test. Indian needed one big innings from someone to get them close to Australia's 1st innings total and Pujara has done just that. 


India's score now reads 351, exactly 100 runs behind Australia's first innings total. The hosts will be hoping Pujara and Saha bat for the longest period of the match to put India in commanding position.


India may be losing wickets on regular intervals, but Pujara is keeping the scoreboard ticking and the hosts are slowly and steadily moving towards Australia's first innings score.


Four: Saha comes dancing down the track and hits O'Keefe for a boundary over mid-on. The star wicket-keeper is looking in great nick.


Four: Cummins bowls a rare wide and short delivery and Pujara rocks onto the back foot and cuts hard for a boundary infront of point. This is Pujara's 17th four of the innings.


Four: Classic sweep shot by Wriddhiman Saha to get off the mark in the innings. O'Keefe bowls a half-cracker and Saha obliges by sweeping it hard past the third man.


Pat Cummins has got his tails up now after picking his fourth wicket of the day. The pacer is hitting the deck hard and is targeting Pujara's shoulder.


OUT! Ashwin is gone. Cummins gets the ball to rise from a length and kiss the gloves of Ashwin. The umpire says NOT OUT, but Australia review that one. Ashwin goes for 3. Fourth wicket for Cummins. India's score reads 328/6


DROPPED! Cummins almost had Ashwin as the ball hit the inside edge of Ashwin's bat and hit the pads to balloon up. But the pacer failed to catch hold of that one even after making a valiant effort. India's score reads 326/5


Ashwin has looked for the quick singles and that is a good sign for the team as they still trail by 125. India's score reads 326/5 with Pujara batting on 117. 


O' Keefe has kept bowling a negative line and Pujara has been more than happy to pad them away. India need more than 100 runs to take the lead with just 5 wickets in hand. India's score reads 322/5, trailing by 129


For someone who had recently scored 300 against England, this was an elementary mistake as the ball went through the gap between bat and pad. Another occasion when Nair got it before getting out.


Out: Josh Hazlewood gets his first wicket of the innings as the ball goes in between Karun Nair's bat and pad and rattles the stumps. Nair is gone for 23. India: 320/5, trail Australia by 131 runs.


Lyon has been relatively unimpressive since his eight-wicket haul in the first innings of the Bengaluru Test. Since that innings, Lyon hasn't managed to take even a single wicket so far in the series.


New match, same old Pujara. The right-hander has been simply unstoppable this season.


Karun Nair is proving to be an able partner for Cheteshwar Pujara in the middle. The duo are moving along nicely at the moment, taking singles at will, with an occasional boundary here and there.


Great Delivery: A classic slow off-spinner from Nathan Lyon that beats both the batsman and wicket-keeper and goes behind Matthew Wade for a boundary. What a shame for Lyon that such a delivery has resulted in four byes.


India's new Mr. Dependable


The players are back onto the field after Tea and it is going to be a crucial session of play for both the teams. Cheteshwar Pujara taking the strike against pacers Josh Hazlewood.


It is Tea at the JSCA Stadium in Ranchi with India's score on 303/4 with Pujara and Nair at the crease. Australia got two crucial wickets in Kohli and Rahane in this session. Clearly Australia's session this one.


300 up for India. Nair pushes Lyon for a quick single as India register 300 for the loss of four wickets with Pujara and Nair at the crease.


India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 3: As It Happened

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Preview: India has made a strong response to Australia's mammoth first innings total of 451 runs, with the hosts at 120/1 at the end of second day's play at the JSCA stadium in Ranchi.

Opener KL Rahul produced another classy innings as he took the attack to the Australian bowlers, playing some attractive shots to blaze his way to a fourth half-century of the series. Rahul's flourish was supplemented by a dour defensive display by Murali Vijay who showcased great temperament and defensive skills to mine his way to 42 off 112 deliveries.

Earlier, Australia were bowled out for 451 in their first innings, with captain Steven Smith staying unbeaten on 178 in what was a chanceless knock by the world's top ranked Test batsman.

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