- Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha resume India’s innings on 360/6 on day four of the third Test between India and Australia in Ranchi.
- Pujara’s brought up his third double century in Test cricket in the 192nd over.
- Saha scored his third Test hundred in the 189th over.
- India declared their first innings at 603/9 with a lead of 152 runs.
Jadeja’s Beauty of a Delivery
Ravindra Jadeja must have been looking at he rough areas while batting at the crease. He pitches this one delivery on the rough and it spins back from outside the off-stump and hits David Warner’s stumps.
Warner goes for 14 and India have get off to a dream start.
India: 19/1 after 6 overs.
Spin Twins Open the Bowling
Virat Kohli has made his plans very clear by opening with Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja for Australia’s second innings.
The pitch has been flat for three and a half days, but if there’s anybody, who can extract something from this pitch in Ranchi, it has to be Ashwin and Jadeja.
Australia: 16/0 after 3 overs.
India Declare Their First Innings at 603/9
Virat Kohli has taken a bold decision to declare India’s first innings at 603/9. India have attained a lead of 152 runs. If India get a few quick wickets now, Australia will be under a lot of pressure.
The 199-run partnership between Pujara and Saha took the game away from the Australians and then 54-run partnership between Umesh Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja has boosted India’s chances of winning the match.
The last thing Warner and Renshaw want is to bat a few overs after two days in the field— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 19, 2017
Biggest leads conceded by @CricketAus after batting first & scoring more than 400: 159 Vs. Pak (Adelaide 1983), 152 v Ind (Ranchi 2017).— Arun Gopalakrishnan (@statanalyst) March 19, 2017
Jadeja’s 6th Test Fifty
Ravindra Jadeja brings up his sixth Test fifty with a boundary through long-on. And he starts his sword dance yet again!
Before this innings, Jadeja had scored 11 runs in this series and now he has scored a 50 in 51 balls.
India: 599/9 after 209.2 overs
Longest Innings For India vs Australia
After facing 202.1 overs, this innings has become the longest innings for India against Australia in the history of the game.
The last time Australia bowled over 200 overs was against South Africa in Durban in 1994.
After 202.1 overs, Ravindra Jadeja is on 26 runs and Umesh Yadav on 3.
India lead by 111 runs.
India: 562/8 after 202.1 overs.
O'Keefe Dismisses Saha
Finally, there is something to cheer about for Steve O'Keefe. The Australian spinner bowls a regular off-spinner and Saha’s tired hands presents a simple catch for Glenn Maxwell at cover.
Saha goes for 117 runs. India lead by 90 runs after 196.1 overs.
Pujara Falls on 202
An just after getting to his double century, Pujara made his first technical error of his innings and got out for 202 runs.
He chips Nathan Lyon on the leg-side and gets caught by Maxwell at short midwicket.
India’s lead is well over 70, it’s up to Saha and Jadeja to play aggressively from here on.
India: 532/7 after 194 overs.
According to the Mumbai Rent Act, @cheteshwar1 would probably have got possession of the pitch based on tenancy laws!— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 19, 2017
200 For Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara brings up his third double century in Test cricket with the single on the leg-side. It has taken him 520 balls to get there, but he hasn’t made a single technical mistake during his marathon innings.
India’s lead has reached 70 runs now, another 130 more runs and victory could be a possibility.
India: 521/6 after 192 overs.
521 balls to double hundred by Pujara is the slowest ever for an Indian batsman eclipsing 488 by Navjot Sidhu v WI in POS in 1997#IndvAus— Deepu Narayana (@deeputalks) March 19, 2017
Saha’s 3rd Test Hundred
Saha tucks the ball to square-leg and reaches his third Test hundred of his career. The wicketkeeper-batsman has batted for 214 balls, cracked seven boundaries and a six in his innings.
Saha and Pujara have added 177 runs for the seventh wicket. Pujara is nine runs away from his third Test double hundred.
India: 505/6 after 189 overs.
Dhoni left behind mighty boots to fill but @Wriddhipops hasn't been found wanting...— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 19, 2017
Quietly, efficiently, @Wriddhipops carving his presence in Indian cricket— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 19, 2017
India Take Tea at 503/6
Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha have played out another session without losing their wickets. They have taken India past 500 and helped the home side attain a lead of 52 runs.
The wicketkeeper-batsman is on 99 and Pujara (190) is on the verge of scoring a third double century in Tests.
India take tea at 503/6.
India have moved into dominant position with splendid tactical batting. Lead of 160-70 by day end will leave Aussies fretting about morrow— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 19, 2017
Pujara Breaks Dravid’s Record
Cheteshwar Pujara breaks the grest Rahul Dravid’s record for facing the most number of deliveries in an innings of a Test match. Pujara has batted for 496 balls now and has scored 187 runs so far.
Rahul Dravid scored 270 runs in 495 runs in the third Test against Pakistan at Rawalpindi in 2004.
O'Keefe Bowls 60 Overs
Australia’s left-arm Steve O'Keefe completes his 60th over of the match. He has now bowled the highest number of overs by an Australian in India in the history of Test cricket.
The 32-year-old has conceded 151 runs and picked up one wicket. Nathan Lyon, has incurred a finger injury, therefore has bowled 38 overs and O'Keefe has had to cover for his spin partner.
India: 467/6 after 174 overs.
Almost 180 overs in the field, tired, frustrated bowlers.....best time for India to get a move on given they can't lose— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 19, 2017
India Gain Lead!
Who would have thought when India were at 328/6, the home side would go on to gain lead in the Test. But it has happened!
Saha guides the ball to third man and takes a single, India gain lead by one run. Saha and Pujara’s partnership has gone up to 124 now.
Pujara is staring at his third double century and Saha is nearing another Test hundred.
India: 452/6 after 166 overs.
The lead is a huge moment in the game and series. Barring something ridiculous, only one team, Australia, can lose from here.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 19, 2017
Pujara and Saha Take India to 435/6 at Lunch
India have had a dream first session on day four of the Ranchi Test. Pujara and Saha added 75 runs to the Indian score and didn’t lose their wickets.
The umpire gave each of them out (once) during the session, but both the batsmen used the DRS smartly and saved their respective wickets.
India are trailing Australia’s first innings total by just 16 runs. A lead of 50-60 runs for India will be very handy.
India: 435/6 at lunch on day four.
Saha’s 5th Test Fifty
Wriddhiman Saha tucks a delivery on the off-side, brings up his fifth Test fifty. He raises bat with pride and Virat Kohli races out of the dressing to applaud a fantastic innings.
Now, India trail by only 32 runs. If India manage to get lead, then they will be completely safe from losing in this match.
India: 419/6 after 154 overs.
Won't be easy for Australia to set a target given they will need time to score the necessary runs. With every half hour, India look safer— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 19, 2017
Pujara Scores 150!
The Australians have thrown everything at Cheteshwar Pujara, but the number three batsman has kept going and going.
Pujara tucks the ball on the off-side and reaches his fifth 150 or more score in Test cricket.
India trail Australia by 48 runs.
India: 403/6 after 149 overs.
Ground shifting from under Aussies. If India get 70-80 runs lead, pressure on their batting would be enormous— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 19, 2017
India Reach 400
Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha’s 72-run partnership has taken India to the score of 400 runs.
It has been an exceptional performance by the batsmen this morning. They have played out 18 overs without much trouble on day four.
Pujara is on 149 and Saha is nearing another Test fifty at 40.
India: 401/6 after 148 overs.
Saha Gets DRS Call Right!
Pat Cummins hits Wriddhiman Saha’s pads and the Australians go up for a huge appeal. The umpire gives it out and Saha walks down to Pujara to have a chat about going for a review.
Pujara and Saha ask for a review and the replays show that the ball which came into Saha, would have missed leg stump.
Saha lives on!
India: 368/6 after 132 overs.
India vs Australia, Day 4, 3rd Test
Welcome to the coverage of day four of the third Test between India and Australia from Ranchi. Cheteshwar Pujara notched a gritty hundred on day three and helped India reduce the first innings deficit to 91 runs at the close of play on Saturday.
Australia’s comeback paceman Pat Cummins bowled brilliantly on the flat pitch in Ranchi. He got the big guns like Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane and returned with figures of 4/59.
Here’s what our cricket expert Nishant Arora had to say at the end of day’s play on Saturday.