RANCHI, India: Prime order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara compiled an industrious unbeaten century to maintain India on track to match Australia’s first-innings complete of 451 within the third Test on Saturday.
Australia paceman Pat Cummins made a profitable return to Test cricket after 5 years within the wilderness, oozing hostility and claiming four-fifty nine on a placid monitor to assist prohibit the hosts to 360-6 on day three of the competition.
Pujara was batting on one hundred thirty at stumps, the primary century by an Indian batsman within the 4-Test collection, having spent almost seven hours on the crease to consolidate his group’s place within the contest.
Wriddhiman Saha was giving him firm on 18 with India nonetheless ninety one runs behind.
Pujara is a gentle accumulator of runs in an Indian line-up of principally flamboyant stroke-makers and his strong defence stood him in nice stead as his eleventh Test century underlined the advantage of enjoying alongside the turf, minimising dangers.
The 29-yr-previous hit 17 boundaries in his composed knock, typically threading the ball by means of gaps and letting the exceptionally quick outfield carry it throughout the rope.
Australia bowling coach David Saker stated the competition was apparently poised after a tough-fought day.
“It’s nice Test-match cricket,” Saker, who was England’s bowling coach from 2010 to 2015, informed reporters.
“We actually put them beneath numerous strain. They absorbed it, particularly Pujara who performed a implausible innings.”
“We’re nonetheless forward of the sport however they’re getting nearer each over, we’ll be popping out fairly robust tomorrow.”
Resuming the day on one hundred twenty for one, Pujara and Murali Vijay raised their sixth century partnership of the season to steer India’s robust reply.
Enjoying his fiftieth Test, Vijay, then on fifty eight, survived a bat-pad catch when the within edge went undetected and Australia couldn’t problem the not-out choice having exhausted their evaluations.
The opener didn’t benefit from the reprieve, nevertheless.
Within the remaining over earlier than lunch, Vijay jumped out to a Steve O’Keefe supply solely to be stumped for eighty two, which included 10 boundaries and a six.
Virat Kohli walked out after lunch to thunderous applause, having stayed away from the sector since injuring his shoulder on Thursday, and there was silence as he departed after dealing with 23 balls that yielded six runs.
Armed with the second new ball, Cummins induced Kohli right into a unfastened drive and Australia skipper Steve Smith took a pointy catch at second slip.
Ajinkya Rahane belied his fame as a watchful batsman with a ramp shot extra suited to restricted-overs cricket, feathering a Cummins supply to wicketkeeper Matthew Wade.
Karun Nair misplaced his off-stump to Josh Hazlewood and Ravichandran Ashwin might solely glove a Cummins snorter to Wade within the ultimate session.
Vijay dismissed recommendations that India had misplaced momentum in the direction of the top.
“Not likely, I feel the sport is evenly poised,” the opener advised reporters.
“If we will get nearer to the goal and perhaps if potential get a lead from there, it will be a very good recreation in hand.” The 4-Test collection is degree at 1-1 with Dharamsala internet hosting the ultimate match from March 25.
Australia gained toss
Australia 1st innings 451 all -out (S Smith 178, G Maxwell 104; R Jadeja 5-124)
India 1st innings
Okay L Rahul c Wade b Cummins sixty seven
M Vijay st Wade b O’Keefe eighty two
C A Pujara not out one hundred thirty
*V Kohli c Smith b Cummins 6
A M Rahane c Wade b Cummins 14
Okay Okay Nair b Hazlewood 23
R Ashwin c Wade b Cummins three
†W P Saha not out 18
Extras (b 14, lb three) 17
Complete (6 wickets; one hundred thirty overs) 360
To bat: R A Jadeja, U T Yadav, I Sharma
Fall: 1-ninety one, 2-193, three-225, four-276, 5-320, 6-328
Bowling: Hazlewood 31-9-sixty six-1; Cummins 25-eight-fifty nine-four; O’Keefe forty three-eleven-117-1; Lyon 29-2-ninety seven-zero; Maxwell 2-zero-four-zero
Umpires: C B Gaffaney (New Zealand) and I J Gould (England). TV umpire: N J Llong (England). Match referee: R B Richardson (West Indies)
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