Shaun,Handscomb shine in Day 5 to Draw the match
India vs Australia, 3rd Test,Ranchi
Series: Australia tour of India 2017
AUS 451/10 & 204/6 Handscomb(72*) Jadeja 4-54
IND 603/9dec (210.0 Ovs) Pujara(202) Saha(117)Cummins 4-106
MoM: Cheteshwar Pujara
Resolute rearguard action by Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh helped Australia break out with a great draw towards India on the final day of the third test on Monday.
Having conceded a 152-run first innings lead, the tourists have been reeling whilst skipper Steve Smith departed, leaving his side at 63-four with more than 2 sessions to play and the hosts assured of a win.
But Handscomb and Marsh battled on thru the entire 2nd session to first erase the deficit after which make sure Australia have been safe by the point they have been separated.
Handscomb made 72*, his 3rd test fifty, to assist Australia finish on 204 for six earlier than the gamers shook hands.
Marsh made 53, the duo frustrating India for nearly 4 hours with a 124-run stand to shatter the hosts’ chances of going 2-1 up within the 4-match series.
India, buoyant after making 603 in their first innings and with Ravindra Jadeja took 2 wickets in the previous evening, came out hard on the Australians in the morning.
Overnight batsmen Smith and Matt Renshaw resumed with Australia on 23 for 2 and denied the hosts for approximately 21 overs earlier than falling in quick succession.
Left-arm spinner Jadeja relentlessly attacked the difficult outside Renshaw’s off-stump, at the same time as Ishant Sharma bowled to Smith with a seven-two off-side field.
Pumped up after an altercation with Renshaw, Sharma earned the breakthrough for India whilst he trapped the opener leg-before for 15 with a fuller delivery.
A bigger blow awaited Australia in the subsequent over while Jadeja, who claimed nine wickets in the match to go together with an unbeaten fifty with the bat, spun one before Smith’s advancing pad and uprooted the off-stump. Smith scored 21.
Australia coach Darren Lehmann had requested his group on Sunday to research from the focus and alertness proven by India’s Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha whose 199-run partnership gave the hosts their commanding role.
Handscomb and Marsh absolutely did, thwarting the Indian bowlers for sixty two overs on a 5th day wicket at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association Stadium.
Ravichandran Ashwin nearly got Marsh stumped in the very last session, even as Handscomb survived a evaluation after being hit on the pad by means of a ball that, replays suggested, might have hit the top of the middle stump.
Jadeja ultimately disregarded Marsh and Ashwin despatched returned Glenn Maxwell but Australia have been secure by using then.
The teams now move to Dharamsala for the final and 4th match from Saturday 25th.