RANCHI: Cheteshwar Pujara compiled an epic double century and Wriddhiman Saha hit a profession-greatest 117 to deflate Australia and put India in a robust place on the fourth day of the third Test right here on the JSCA Worldwide Stadium on Sunday.
Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja then brightened India’s victory prospects dismissing David Warner and nightwatchman Nathan Lyon cheaply to scale back Australia to 23-2.
Matt Renshaw was batting on seven at stumps with Australia nonetheless 129 runs behind and beneath appreciable strain to save lots of the match.
“Clearly we’ve obtained to save lots of the sport,” Australia coach Darren Lehmann informed reporters, lamenting the 2 late losses.
“As soon as the ball will get somewhat bit softer it performs fairly properly, so there’s no actual demons within the monitor. It’s a case of clearly making use of ourselves very similar to Pujara and Saha did right now,” he added.
Earlier, Pujara turned the primary Indian batsman to face 500 deliveries in a Test innings, spending greater than eleven hours on the crease for his marathon 202 on the penultimate day of the competition.
Resuming the day with India ninety one runs behind Australia’s first-innings complete of 451, Pujara and Saha annoyed the vacationers and batted via the primary two periods to forge a 199-run seventh-wicket partnership.
Each fell within the remaining session making an attempt to speed up with Australia wanting fairly jaded by then.
Pujara confronted 525 balls in his tireless knock, capitalising on the exceptionally quick outfield to attain 21 boundaries.
Pujara was given out lbw to a sharply turning Nathan Lyon supply when on 157 however he managed to extend Australia’s distress through the use of DRS to get the choice overturned.
The 29-yr-previous took a single off Lyon to convey up his third double century earlier than falling to the off-spinner.
Saha matched Pujara’s doggedness on the different finish after surviving a few critiques earlier within the day.
Enjoying his second Test greater than 5 years after his first, Australia paceman Pat Cummins (four-106) almost accomplished a 5-wicket haul when Saha was given out lbw.
The batsman instantly reviewed and replays prompt the ball would have missed the stumps.
Saha additionally received a reprieve on fifty one when his fellow wicket-keeper Matthew Wade spilled an edge.
The stumper-batsman ducked properly beneath the bouncers from Cummins and took a single off Glenn Maxwell to finish his century which drew his group-mates within the dressing room on their ft.
As soon as previous his hundred, he too went for fast runs and fell to Steve O’Keefe who bowled a staggering seventy seven overs for his three wickets as Australia endured a troublesome day within the area.
Down the order, Jadeja clobbered a few sixes in his brisk unbeaten fifty four to rub salt into Australia’s accidents, celebrating his fifty by twirling his bat like a sword.
House skipper Virat Kohli referred to as his batsmen in as quickly as they crossed the 600-run mark and unleashed his spinners on Australia to drive house the benefit.
“I’m very assured our spinners will bowl rather well. There’s tough, there are cracks…” Pujara advised Star Sports activities channel.
AUSTRALIA (1st Innings) 451 (S. Smith 178 not out, G. Maxwell 104; R. Jadeja 5-124, U. Yadav three-106)
INDIA (1st Innings, in a single day 360-6):
L. Rahul c Wade b Cummins sixty seven
M. Vijay st Wade b O’Keefe eighty two
C. Pujara c Maxwell b Lyon 202
V. Kohli c Smith b Cummins 6
A. Rahane c Wade b Cummins 14
Okay. Nair b Hazlewood 23
R. Ashwin c Wade b Cummins three
W. Saha c Maxwell b O’Keefe 117
R. Jadeja not out fifty four
U. Yadav c Warner b O’Keefe sixteen
I. Sharma not out zero
EXTRAS (B-14, LB-5) 19
TOTAL (for 9 wickets decl, 210 overs) 603
FALL OF WKTS: 1-ninety one, 2-193, three-225, four-276, 5-320, 6-328, 7-527, eight-541, 9-595.
BOWLING: Hazlewood forty four-10-103-1; Cummins 39-10-106-four; O’Keefe seventy seven-17-199-three; Lyon forty six-2-163-1; Maxwell four-zero-thirteen-zero.
AUSTRALIA (2nd Innings):
D. Warner b Jadeja 14
M. Renshaw not out 7
N. Lyon b Jadeja 2
TOTAL (for 2 wkts, 7.2 overs) 23
FALL OF WKTS: 1-17, 2-23.
BOWLING (to-date): Ashwin four-zero-17-zero; Jadeja three.2-1-6-2.
STILL TO BAT: S. Smith, S. Marsh, P. Handscomb, G. Maxwell, M. Wade, S. O’Keefe, P. Cummins, J. Hazlewood.
Revealed in Daybreak, March twentieth, 2017
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