Ind vs Aus, Ranchi Test, Day 4: Pujara-Saha batting heroics coupled with Jadeja's double strikes puts host in front

Updated On : 20 Mar , 2017 , 07:47 PM
Cricket score | India vs Australia, Ranchi Test, Day 4 (PTI image)
Cricket score | India vs Australia, Ranchi Test, Day 4 (PTI image)
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India vs Australia, Ranchi Test, Day 4

Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha have struck a strong partnership and helped India go past Australia's massive 451-run total. The Australian bowlers tried to pepper the Indians with some short pitch stuff but both the batsmen held their ground and showcased good application to carve out a century partnership.

The third day of the Ranchi Test was filled with mixed fortunes for both India and Australia. Cheteshwar Pujara's marvelous century and Pat Cummins four wickets had kept the match evenly poised. 

Live cricket score: India vs Australia, Ranchi Test, Day 4

In the closing moments of the third day, Wriddhiman Saha had struck a useful partnership with centurion Pujara while frustrating the Australian bowlers.

India had wrested the initiative on the second day of the Test as they restricted Australia to a score of 451 runs. Although Steven Smith and Glenn Maxwell both hit classy centuries, Ravindra Jadeja took yet another five-wicket haul to turn the match in India's favour.

India vs Australia, Ranchi Test, Day 4

Here are the highlights

Jadeja to Lyon, out Bowled!! Lyon b Jadeja 2(7)

#Jadeja strikes opening blow, gets Warner early

#Warner and Renshaw come out to open

#India declares their first innings on the score of 603 for 9 

#India closing in to reach 600 run mark

#The Indian captain must be contemplating a declaration anytime soon

#India stretch lead past 100

#Jadeja looks to step up the momentum, comes down the crease and tonks a four of O Keefe

#Umesh Yadav comes to the crease to join Jadeja

#Steve O Keefe dismisses Saha.The diminutive wicket-keeper deserves an applause for scoring a valiant century at a time the team was in a spot of bother

#Ravindra Jadeja comes out in the middle to join Saha 

#Pujara falls prey to Lyon after his double century. What a knock for the Indians by Pujara who showcased sound defence and loads of patience to occupy the crease since morning 

#Pujara scores his 3rd Test Double ton and what a time to bring it up

#Saha scores his 3rd Test ton

#Players break for Tea

#India 503 for 6 at Tea with Pujara and Saha nearing milestones

#India puts 500 on the board

#Saha now four away from a Test hundred

#Saha hits a boundary straight down the ground off Lyon

#Saha enters nervous nineties 

#Pujara played 496 balls in his ongoing innings, the most by an Indian batsman in an innings in Test cricket

#Pujara sets a unique batting record. He eclipses Indian batting great Rahul Dravid for the most number of balls faced in a Test innings

#Pujara inching close to a double century.

#The Australians have tightened the grip around the Indians by bowling tight lines in the last 20 minutes

#Pujara and Saha help hosts wipe out the deficit. India take the lead now. 

#Indian trying to push the scoring rate to gain a handy lead

#Saha unleashes a flurry of boundaries of Cummins to step up the gas

#Cummins is bowling to a set plan. He continues to target the Indian batsmen with short pitch stuff

#Pat Cummins given the ball with a hope to end the Indian resistance

#Australians have a clear cut plan to pepper the Indians with some short pitch stuff

#Pujara and Saha come out in the middle to bat

#Play resumes after Lunch

#Players off the field for lunch

#India are well placed at 435 for 6 at Lunch and would like to step up the pace to gain a handy lead before the visitors come into bat

#Pujara-Saha century partnership helps hosts reach in striking distance of Australia's mammoth 451 runs

#Australians take a review which goes unsuccessful

#Lyon makes an appeal for LBW against Saha 

# Pujara and Saha notch up a valuable 100 run partnership. This stand has certainly helped India make a comeback into the match

#Pujara brings up 1000 runs against Australia in just 11 matches.It goes onto show that he has been prolific against them in the longer form

#Pujara on the verge of scoring 1000 runs against Australia

# India's score 419/6 in 54 overs

# Saha scores a magnificent half-century.He has provided good support to Pujara from the other end

# Saha and Pujara are batting brilliantly as India cross the threshold of 400 runs.

# Nathan Lyon has been introduced in the attack.

# India 383/6 in 139 overs.

# India move closer to the 400-run mark courtesy Cheteshwar Pujara's heroics. Pujara is inching closer to the 150-run mark.

# Saha and Pujara take their partnership to 50 runs as they tackle O'Keefe and Cummins with ease.

# Cummins has been the leading wicket-taker for Australia in the match and his razor sharp pace has troubled Indian batsmen a lot.

# Two runs scored in the first over and now Pat Cummins is introduced into the attack.

# O' Keefe begins the day's proceedings for Australia. India still trail Australia by 91 runs with 4 wickets remaining.

Players on the field now. Play commences

# Play to begin at 9:30 A.M.

# Welcome to Day 4 of the third Test between India and Australia. Follow live updates from the day's play here.

Saha scores 3rd Test ton 
First Published : Sunday, March 19, 2017 09:01 AM
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