A crucial seventh-wicket stand, worth its weight in gold, possibly set the game, the series, and the season up for the Indian Team against Australia. The day started with the second new ball just four overs old, giving the Australian team enough reasons to believe that India could be restricted to under 300. With India 52 runs behind, Ravindra Jadeja, as he has done often for India in this home season, let his bat do the talking, amidst increased chatter from Matthew Wade and his comrades. The crucial 96 run partnership between Jadeja and Saha helped lay the foundation, one that the Indian bowlers feasted on. Three wicket hauls from Umesh Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin and Jadeja himself send Australia packing for a meagre 137 runs, leaving the batsmen with 106 runs to win the series and complete a fruitful home season.
Here are all the important statistics from Day 3:
0 - No left-armer has taken more wickets than Ravindra Jadeja after their first 30 Tests. He already has 142 wickets, Mitchell Johnson is the second best with 137 wickets.
0 - No one has hit more sixes than Ravindra Jadeja in 2016-17. He has hit 21 sixes, with Mitchell Starc second with 16 sixes.
1 - Steve Smith missed the 500-run mark in the series by a solitary run. He scored 499 runs in eight innings at an average of 71.28.
2 - Nathan Lyon has taken 64 wickets against India, the second most by a spinner against India. Muralitharan leads the list with 108 victims.
3 – Ravindra Jadeja became the third player to take 50+ wickets and score more than 500 runs in a single season. Kapil Dev and Mitchell Johnson are the other two to achieve the feat.
3 - The third lowest Test average for David Warner in a series. He averaged 24.12 in this series.
4 - Number of sixes hit by Ravindra Jadeja in the second innings, the most by him in a single innings. He hit three sixes vs New Zealand at Kanpur.
5 - Steve Smith’s tally of 499 runs is the fifth most by an opposition captain against India. Clive Lloyd leads the charts with 636 runs.
6 - The number of 50+ scores by Ravindra Jadeja, the joint second most for India in 2016-17.
8 - Nathan Lyon’s five-wicket haul was the eight fifer for a spinner in Dharamsala (the first since 2008), and the 50th overall.
16 - The number of wickets taken by Umesh Yadav, the most by him in a single series.
21 - Number of sixes hit by Ravindra Jadeja in 2016-17, the most by an Indian in a season. Harbhajan Singh hit 17 sixes in 2010-11.
24 - Jadeja is now the 24th player to score 3000 runs and pick 300 wickets in international cricket. He is the fourth Indian to do so.