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  • 5:02 PM IST
    Hope you enjoyed out coverage. The next Test begins on March 25.

  • 4:59 PM IST
    Jadeja could have got the award as well. Pujara’s knock was important as India could have lost the game. Could have been nice if it was shared.

  • 4:56 PM IST

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  • 4:51 PM IST
    Smith is making some good comments.

  • 4:50 PM IST

    Man of the Match: Cheteshwar Pujara

  • 4:39 PM IST

    Jadeja this Test: 5/124 & 4/54 | 54*. Missed out on a well-deserved Man of the Match award.

  • 4:34 PM IST

    ‘Magnificent fight by Australia! Love ya, Peter Handscomb’ – KP

  • 4:28 PM IST
    Jadeja ends with 9 wickets but he has done enough to go to the top spot in Tests.

  • 4:24 PM IST

    End of the Test. Handshakes all around. Brilliant batting from Handscomb. It’s a draw. The series stays 1-1. This was a good Test, no doubt.

  • 4:23 PM IST

    Another handsome shot from Handscomb. Rocks back and punches it through cover for a boundary. Will this be the last ball of the Test? 100 overs have been bowled. Yes that it.

  • 4:21 PM IST

    Three overs to go for the day. This is as good as over but Kohli wants to continue. Even the umpire wants to call it off it seems. Kohli will not leave it till the end.

  • 4:16 PM IST

    MS Dhoni is wearing blue glasses, the one that we see people selling in local trains. Joke apart, all eyes on Kohli. Will he call it draw or wait till the last ball?

  • 4:11 PM IST

    With that wicket, Ashwin has equalled Dale Steyn for most wickets in a season. Both are joint on 78. Steyn got it in the 2008-09 season

  • 4:10 PM IST

    Maxwell falls! Ashwin gets him. That was a carrom ball. Bat-pad and caught by Vijay at silly point.

    OUT! Glenn Maxwell c Murali Vijay b Ravichandran Ashwin 2 (15)
  • 3:56 PM IST

    Finally. Marsh plays one straight to short-leg’s hands. Marsh departs for a match-saving 53. One of the finest knocks he has played in Test cricket. He has scored those eye-pleasing hundreds but this was all about grit.

    OUT! Shaun Marsh c Murali Vijay b Ravindra Jadeja 53 (197)
  • 3:52 PM IST

    Ishant bowls one short and Handscomb plays a handsome pull for a boundary. This kid can bat. He is an exciting bloke. I am impressed with Australian grit. The grit that Marsh displayed was special too.

  • 3:51 PM IST

    Australia drew their last Test in January 2016, against West Indies. It was a draw Test due to rain. India on the other hand had managed to save a Test back in November. It was the first Test against England at Rajkot.

  • 3:50 PM IST
    Yes. It’s a matter of time that the players shake hands and it’s called ‘Draw’. Meanwhile, enjoy this fall.

  • 3:38 PM IST
    Should

  • 3:33 PM IST

    Brilliant cover drive from Marsh. It’s FOUR. Fifty for Marsh. His seventh in Test cricket. This was a fine knock. Here’s my article on Marsh before this Test series.

  • 3:30 PM IST
    True

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  • 3:26 PM IST
    Pune = Poor Pitch, Bengaluru = Poor Pitch, Ranchi = Poor Pitch. So, what will preserve Test cricket?

  • 3:25 PM IST

  • 3:24 PM IST

    If the ball is hitting the stumps, and if it is umpire’s call then the review should ideally remain with the reviewed party. I mean it was not India’s fault here. The ball was surely crashing on to the stumps. Umpire’s call saved Marsh. Ideally anything hitting the stumps should be ruled out. The cameras have focused on Dhoni. He is clearly upset.

  • 3:21 PM IST

    Ashwin fires it in. Marsh misses. There is no bat. India have reviewed the decision as after 80 overs the reviews have been reinstated. Is it hitting the stumps. It’s hitting the stumps. But umpire’s call. This is frustrating.

  • 3:18 PM IST

    Ashwin and Jadeja start with the new ball. This game is heading towards a draw. 16 overs remaining in the day. Handscomb and Marsh still going steady.

  • 3:02 PM IST

    Huge appeal. Handscomb pads it. Umpire says not out. Jadeja isn’t happy. Did it pitch outside leg-stump? Yes it did. India were extremely confident. Ashwin comes from the other end.

  • 2:57 PM IST

    Down the leg-side. FOUR. Handscomb gets his fifty. What a knock this has been! 100 partnership also comes up at the same time.

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India will aim for wickets on Day 5 @ AFP

Hello everyone. Welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates from the final day’s play of the third Test between India and Australia at Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) International Stadium Complex in Ranchi. This is Suvajit Mustafi, and I will be bringing you the live cricket scores and updates from the match. The gripping fourth day’s play was dominated by India. Heroics from Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha and Ravindra Jadeja placed India in commanding position. Live Cricket Scorecard: India vs Australia, 3rd Test at Ranchi

Pujara and Saha added 199 runs and recorded highest seventh-wicket stand for India against Australia, breaking the 69-year-old record of Hemu Adhikari and Vijay Hazare. Pujara registered his third double hundred and became the first Indian cricketer to play 500 balls in Test cricket. Saha meanwhile slammed his third century. Such was their dominance that no wicket fell in the first two sessions of the day’s play.

Pujara batted seven sessions for his marathon knock and he was eventually dismissed by Nathan Lyon, who claimed his first wicket after his eight-for on Day One at Bengaluru; to be precise, after two weeks and 75.2 overs.

The icing on the cake was Jadeja’s show. He got a brisk 54 not out as India declared at 603 for 9, with a lead of 152. Jadeja inflicted further blows in the Australian camp by dismissing David Warner and Nathan Lyon. Australia will start Day Five at 23 for 2, still trailing India by 129 runs.

Odds are heavily in favour of India. Australia will be pleased if they can play out a draw but to do that they will have to counter the Day Five threat of Ashwin and Jadeja.

Teams:

India: ViratKohli (c), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma

Australia: Steven Smith (c), Matthew Wade (wk), David Warner, Matt Renshaw, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Steve O’Keefe, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

Suvajit Mustafi consumes cricket for lunch, fiction for dinner and munches numerous other snacks throughout the day. Yes, a jack of several trades, all Suvajit dreamt of was being India’s World Cup winning skipper but ended up being a sports writer, author, screenwriter, director, copywriter, graphic designer, sports marketer, strategist, entrepreneur, philosopher and traveller. Donning so many hats, it’s cricket which gives him the ultimate high and where he finds solace. He can be followed at @RibsGully [Twitter] and rivu7 [Facebook].