- India end day three of the Dharamsala Test at 19/0.
- The home side need 87 more runs to win the 4th Test and the series.
- First, India were bowled out for 332 runs in their first innings.
- Then, Australia were all out for 137 runs in their second innings.
- Umesh Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin picked up three wickets each.
India Day 3 at 19/0
KL Rahul and Murali Vijay have safely negotiated six overs and have ensured that the home side didn’t lose any wickets by the end of close of play on day three.
Rahul found three boundaries in the first over and then played out the rest of the overs confidently. The opening batsmen reduced the equation for India to 87 runs required from two days of the fourth Test.
If India are patient enough, Australia cannot take the match away from them on day four.
India's batsmen have taken a couple of steps towards winning a match the bowlers presented to them on day 3— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 27, 2017
India's day. Comprehensively, with bat &ball. Result by lunch tmrw? Could be. Aus in hopeless situation. But this can be a funny game!— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 27, 2017
KL Rahul Begins With 3 Boundaries
KL Rahul is wasting no time, he wants to get it over with the series as fast as possible. He edged the second ball of the innings for a boundary (Pat Cummins’ bowling) and then struck a lovely boundary through mid-off in the very next ball.
If that wasn’t enough, he clipped the second last ball on the leg-side for another boundary.
Not a bad start eh?
India: 12/0 after 1 over.
India Need 106 Runs to Win 4th Test
India wrap up Australia’s innings in quicker time than they would have expected. Jadeja and Ashwin picked three wickets each and Australia’s lead has been restricted to 105 runs.
The Indian batsmen will have to bat cautiously now and make sure they don’t lose too many wickets in quick succession.
Glen Maxwell was the only Australian batsman who looked comfortable, but even he could manage only 45 runs.
With the fast bowlers making the early inroads, the spinners capitalised on their effort brilliantly and helped India get the visitors all out for just 137 runs in their second innings.
For now, it looks like the Border-Gavaskar Trophy is staying in India!
The home side will play six overs before the close of play.
India should get these. Unless there is one last furious effort from Australia. India's bowlers have been exceptional— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 27, 2017
If there's one thing you want to ensure good cricket, it has to be BOUNCE. Best pitch of the season. Something for everyone. Well done.— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 27, 2017
Ashwin Drops Wade
It could have been all but over for Australia had Ashwin held on to a easy catch at slip but it was not to be. Umesh Yadav found Wade’s edge and Ashwin just didn’t react tin time to get in position for the catch.
Three balls later, Wade strikes a lovely square-cut and Australia’s lead goes past 100!
Australia: 137/9 after 53 overs (lead by 105 runs)
Umesh Yadav Finds Nathan Lyon’s Edge
It’s all too easy for India now. Umesh Yadav gets the ball to move away a little bit and Lyon edges the ball to Saha behind the stumps.
Lyon goes for a duck too and India are just one wicket away from wrapping up Australia’s second innings.
Australia: 122/9 after 51 overs.
Jadeja’s Third Wicket
Ravindra Jadeja bowls a usual off-spinner and Steve O'Keefe just guides it to Cheteshwar Pujara at silly point. He goes for a duck and Jadeja picks up his third wicket.
Australia have lost their eighth wicket and they have a lead of jusy 89 runs.
Australia: 121/8 after 50 overs.
Jadeja making a strong case for player of the series here.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 27, 2017
Cummins Falls For 18
Another nick and another catch by Ajinkya Rahane! It’s Pat Cummins this time, who goes for a drive and presents a simple catch for the India’s stand-in captain.
The resistance has ended. India need to restrict Australia’s lead to below 150, if they want to feel confident of winning the match.
Australia: 121/7 after 48 overs.
Wade and Cummins Stick It Out For 13.3 Overs
Things were looking really bleak for Australia at 106/6 but then Matthew Wade and Pat Cummins have taken the right approach of playing out as many overs as possible.
Wade and Cummings have scored 14 runs in 13.3 overs, which is just above one run per over.
But interestingly, Australia are leading by 88 runs and they have ample time to get to 150 runs, which will be a competitive score to defend on a day four and five wicket.
Australia: 120/6 after 46 overs.
Ashwin Traps Maxwell LBW
Ravichandran Ashwin is slowly working his way back to his usual rhythm and in the process is picking up valuable wickets too.
Maxwell shows his pad to an off-spinner, thinking that the ball has too much turn to get him out LBW. But, as soon as the Indians appeal, the umpire raises his finger.
Maxwell has a chat with Wade and goes for a review. The replays show that the ball would have just clipped the leg-stump.
Maxwell goes for 45, and with that probably Australia’s hopes of winning this match as well.
Australia: 106/6 after 33 overs.
Maxwell trifle unfortunate. Indicated he was playing shot. Umpire unconvinced. Ball grazing leg stump on tracker. Umpire wins DRS marginally— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 27, 2017
When Ashwin's bowling, the ball's talking #justsaying— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 27, 2017
Those 32 runs are looking a lot more valuable than they did at lunch..........— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 27, 2017
Maxwell and Wade Manage to Take Australia Past 100
Wade gets a thick outside edge and the ball runs away to the boundary. Australia bring up their 100 in their second innings. This is testing times for Australia. India are on top after picking up five, but one big partnership here, and everything can change.
Australia: 103/5 after 31 overs.
Australia Lose 5 Wickets by Tea
This is a dream start for India! They would have wanted to dismiss David Warner and Steve Smith before tea, but they will be on cloud nine with five wickets before the tea interval.
First, Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed the top three batsmen and then Ashwin and Jadeja sent Handscomb and Marsh packing within two overs.
Australia are leading by only 60 runs and their last pair – Maxwell and Wade are in the middle.
Only a miracle can save Australia from here.
Marsh's body language when he walked out suggested he was a goner. Unless Aus bat through last session, should be a cakewalk for India— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 27, 2017
Just when the situation looked under control for Australia, Ashwin finds Peter Handscomb’s edge and Ajinkya Rahane takes a sharp catch at slip.
Handscomb goes for 18 runs and threatening partnership between him and Maxwell comes to an end.
India are well and truly on top now!
Australia: 92/4 after 25 overs.
Brilliant reflex take by Rahane breaks threatening partnership, sends Handscomb packing. Repeating old cricket saying: catches win matches— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 27, 2017
Australia’s Lead Reaches 50
Maxwell and Handscomb have done well not to get into a shell when Australia were in deep trouble at 31/3. The Australian duo have played their natural game regardless of the situation and have eked out a 50-run lead for Australia.
Maxwell, who has cracked five fours and six so far in his innings, is reading Kuldeep Yadav very well. He is going on the back-foot and taking ample time before committing to a shot.
Australia: 82/3 after 22 overs.
Maxwell Cracks Two Fours and Takes Australia to 50
Looks like Bhuvneshwar Kumar is feeling a little tired. This is his seventh over on the trot. He has bowled two short deliveries with width on offer and Maxwell has no issues in dispatching them to the boundary.
With a beautiful square drive, Maxwell takes Australia to 50 in the 13th over.
Australia lead by 18 runs.
Australia: 50/3 after 13 overs.
Umesh Yadav Strikes Twice!
The Indian fast bowlers are turning on the heat in Dharamsala. Umesh Yadav goes for the short ball once again, Renshaw gets cramped for room and gets a feather edge to Saha behind the stumps.
He goes for 8, India get three wickets before Australia have even leveled the scores.
Looks like the pitch is showing it’s true nature now.
India: 32/3 after 10 overs.
Bhuvneshwar Gets the Big Fish!
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has got the man India wanted! Steve Smith got off to yet another start in the series but completely misjudged the bounce of the delivery and inside-edged the ball onto the stumps.
He goes for 17 and finishes the Test series vs India with 499 runs.
Australia: 31/2 after 9 overs.
India's wish list would have been to get 2 wickets before the deficit was erased. That those two are Warner & Smith is the icing on the cake— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 27, 2017
After 2 sparkling 4s @stevesmith49 suffers brain fade. Gone, pulling Bhuvi from outside off-stump, edges ball on to wickets...— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 27, 2017
While spin has been India's main weapon, @y_umesh's contribution immense. 16 wickets in series yet, bowled with big heart and hostility— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 27, 2017
Warner Nicks One to Saha
Karun Nair can breathe a sigh of relief now! The Indian pacers kept pestering the batsmen with pace and bounce and finally it has paid off for Umesh Yadav at least.
Warner gets a delivery outside the off-stump and edges it to Saha behind the stumps.
Australia: 10/1 after 3.1 overs.
Karun Nair Drops Warner
David Warner and Matt Renshaw are living dangerously at the moment. After a few close misses, Warner nicks a delivery off Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Karun Nair fails to latch onto it.
Once, the ball left Nair’s hands, Rahane gave it a shot, but couldn’t get to the ball, even after a well timed dive.
Australia: 10/0 after 3 overs.
Australia Wrap Up India’s Innings by Lunch
Kuldeep Yadav goes for a sweep, but top-edges the ball instead. The fall flies to Pat Cummins in the deep and the fast bowler does well to grab onto it. Nathan Lyon picks up his second five-for of the series.
Yadav goes for 7 runs on debut and the Indian innings comes to an end at 332 runs. The home side lost their last four wickets for 15 runs.
And the players break for lunch.
India have done well to get a 32-run lead. Now, the bowlers have to step up and make sure Australia don’t get away with too many runs, otherwise, the Border-Gavaskar trophy could go back with the Australian team.
32 isn't a huge lead but could come in very handy in a close game. Both sides will be okay with the session.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 27, 2017
Dramatic session. India take lead but also bowled out. Aus back in game. I'm stumped to say which way Test headed. Wanna have a shot?— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 27, 2017
Bhuvneshwar and Saha Fall in Quick Succession
First, Bhuvneshwar Kumar nicks the ball to Steve Smith at slip (O'Keefe’s bowling) and gets out for a duck in his comeback match and then two deliveries later, Saha couldn’t move away from an excellent bouncer from Pat Cummins and gloved the ball to Steve Smith, who had to stretch a bit to cling onto the cherry.
Just like that India have lost nine wickets.
India: 325/9 after 115 overs.
Smith's brilliance not restricted only to batting. Stunning catch to dismiss Saha revealed supreme agility and ball sense— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 27, 2017
Jadeja Gets Out Played On
Ravindra Jadeja plays on the delivery off Pat Cummins onto the stumps! He goes for a well made for 63 runs.
The allrounder has played another good hand, but falls well short of a century once again.
India’s lead has risen to 17.
India: 317/7 after 112.1 overs.
Lived by the sword, died off inside edge. But strokeful, invaluable, entertaining knock from @imjadeja. At long last Cummins has reason to 😄— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 27, 2017
Jadeja’s Consecutive Fifty; India Gain Lead
Jadeja knocks the ball towards point and India take two runs, with that the home side go past Australia’s total.
Two deliveries later, Jadeja takes a quick single after placing the ball on the off-side and brings out his sword dance yet again for his seventh Test fifty. This is his second consecutive fifty in the series! Looks like we finally have Jadeja the batsman.
India: 302/6 after 109 overs.
Saha Survives a DRS Call
Looks like the Indians have become more smarter than the Australians as far as the DRS is concerned. Hazlewood bowls on the off-stump line and gets the ball to hit Saha’s pads.
The Australians go up straight away for an appeal and the umpire hints that Saha’s inside-edged the ball.
But, Smith still goes for a review and the replays confirm that Saha nicked the ball onto his pads.
Saha is safe.
India: 297/6 after 108 overs.
Jadeja -Saha’s 50 Partnership; Saha Scores 1,000 Test Runs
Wriddhiman Saha edges the ball in the off-side and the batsmen take two runs. With the couple of runs, the 50 partnership comes up for the duo. They have taken 17.1 overs to get there and the deficit has been reduced to 29 runs.
Saha also brings up his 1000th run in Test cricket with the double.
Jadeja and Saha have batted cautiously so far. Once they take India past Australia’s total, they may look to accelerate their scoring rate.
India: 271/6 after 99.2 overs.
Jadeja and Saha have seen thru testing half hour. Pressure now on Aus. Could soon turn into a leather hunt..— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 27, 2017
Jadeja Given Out First Ball, DRS Says Not Out
Australia think they have their man after the umpire raises his finger on the first ball of the day. Jadeja asks for a DRS review. The ball has made no contact with the all-rounder’s bat and Jadeja plays on.
Australia Hold Upper Hand, Says Gavaskar
Who holds the advantage in Dharamsala? Australia, is the answer from former captain Sunil Gavaskar.
Sunil GavaskarAustralia hold the upper hand because they have taken six major wickets. Sure Jadeja can hit the ball, Saha got a hundred in the previous game, but Australia have the second new ball in their hands and just about three or four overs old, so tomorrow morning it’s going to be very, very difficult (for India). There is a little bit of carry on this surface, the ball is thudding into the wicket keeper’s gloves.
Day 3 in a Bit
The Indian team are on the field for some last-minute fitness drills and our live blog is up to write about it! The third day in Dharamsala starts with India at 248/6, still trailing Australia’s 300 by 52 runs.
At the crease will be Wriddhiman Saha(10) and Ravindra Jadeja(16) when actions resumes at 9:30 am.
India though will need to pick up their pace today, if winning the tie is a target in the fourth and final Test.
For more numbers from Day 2, read In Stats: KL Rahul and Pujara Enter Record Books of Indian Cricket