Pujara ton stands Tall despite Cummins strikes
India vs Australia, 3rd Test,Ranchi
Series: Australia tour of India 2017
Day 3 Stumps,India trial by 91 Runs
AUS 451/10 (137.3 Ovs) Smith(178*) Jadeja 5-124
IND 360/6 (130.0 Ovs) Pujara(130*) Cummins 4-59
Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins claimed 4 wickets to dent India’s response despite Cheteshwar Pujara’s dogged century on day three of the 3rd Test in Ranchi on Saturday.
India were 360 for 6 at stumps, nonetheless trailing the visitors by 91 runs of their first innings. Pujara (130*) and Wriddhiman Saha (18*) had been batting at the end of days play.
Cummins, making a return after playing his handiest Test for Australia in 2011, were given critical breaks which includes the prized scalp of India skipper Virat Kohli.
The 23-years old Cummins become ably supported by fellow paceman Josh Hazlewood and spinner Steve O’Keefe who took a wicket each on pitch that also seemed exact for batting.
Pujara, who become concerned in a 102-run second-wicket stand with overnight accomplice Murali Vijay (82), became conserving the innings together along with his 11th Test century.
Pujara hit 17 fours, inthe knock, to preserve India’s hopes alive of surpassing Australia’s first innings lead of 451.
Puajara built important partnerships with Ajinkya Rahane (14) and Karun Nair (23) but the Australian pacemen rattled India’s middle order with a few inspired bowling.
Cummins, who struck twice in the afternoon session, were given Rahane stuck behind and Hazlewood bowled Nair with a beautiful out swinging delivery in the final session.
Australia skipper Steve Smith kept up the stress with the aid of rotating his bowling alternatives as runs trickled in for the hosts in the final two hours of play.
India, whose innings run-rate is less than three an over, managed to attain fifty seven runs within the 31 overs bowled within the final session and misplaced two wickets.
Earlier Kohli, who grew to become out to bat at his normal spot 4 spot laying to rest any injury concerns, lasted only 23 balls earlier than edging a trap to his contrary number Steve Smith at second slip.
The star batsman had injured his right shoulder after an ungainly fall during Australia’s innings on Thursday and stayed off the ground for 400 minutes before taking crease.
Kohli, who came into the rubber with double centuries in 4 successive series, has only managed 46 runs in his 5 innnings since the opener in Pune.