After Pujara & Saha tons Jadeja leads the charge
India vs Australia, 3rd Test,Ranchi
Series: Australia tour of India 2017
Day 4 Stumps,Australia trial by 129 Runs
AUS 451/10 & 23/2 Jadeja 2-6
IND 603/9dec (210.0 Ovs) Pujara(202) Saha(117)Cummins 4-106
Cheteshwar Pujara compiled an epic double century and Wriddhiman Saha complimented with a career-best of 117 to deflate Australia and put India in a robust position on the fourth day of the third test at Ranchi on Sunday.
After India declared their first innings on 603-9, Ravindra Jadeja bowled David Warner and nightwatchman Nathan Lyon cheaply in successive overs to lessen Australia to 23-2.
Matt Renshaw batting on 7 at stumps with Australia nonetheless 129 runs behind and under huge pressure to save the match.
Earlier, Pujara became the first Indian batsman to stand over 500 deliveries in an innings, spending more than eleven hours at the crease for his marathon 202 at the 4th day of the contest.
Resuming the day with India 91 runs in the back of Australia’s first innings total of 451, Pujara and Saha pissed off the tourists and batted through the 1st two sessions to forge a 199-run 7th wicket partnership.
Both fell within the final session seeking to accelerate with Australia looking quite jaded through then.
Pujara confronted 525 balls in his tireless knock, capitalising on the exceptionally speedy outfield to attain 21 fours at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association Stadium.
Pujara was given out lbw to a sharply turning Nathan Lyon while on 157 however he managed to lengthen Australia’s distress by using evaluation to get the decision overturned.
The 29-years-old took a single off Lyon to convey up his 3rd double century before falling to the off-spinner.
Saha matched Pujara’s doggedness at the opposite give up after surviving a couple of critiques earlier within the day.
Playing his 2nd test more than five years after his first, Australia paceman Pat Cummins (4-106) nearly completed a 5-wicket haul while Saha was given out leg-before than.
The batsman immediately reviewed and replays advised the ball would have misses the stumps.
Saha additionally were given a reprieve on 51 when his fellow wicketkeeper Matthew Wade spilled an area.
Once past his hundred, he too went for short runs and fell to Steve O’Keefe who bowled a remarkable 77 overs for his three wickets as Australia continued a tough day on the ground.
Down the order, Jadeja clobbered couple of sixes in his brisk unbeaten 54 to rub salt to Australia’s injuries, celebrating his fifty by twirling his bat like a sword.
Home skipper Virat Kohli known as his batsmen in as quickly as they crossed the 600-run mark and unleashed his spinners on Australia to power home the gain.