Handscomb and Marsh help Aussies evade a defeat on a typical Day 5 Ranchi wicket


There is intensity,aggression,sledging,mocking and then there is cricket at the end. It all started with smith calling heads and electing to bat first and ended with the skipper himself hanging around with his new partner maxwell at 4 for 299. Everything is going just as the aussies would love until The Royal Navghan-Ravindra  jadeja has other plans in his mind.

India and jadeja had restricted australia for 451 with the latter  picking up wickets while the others are failing to. Smith also ensured he hangs around in his 178* and helped his team put a descent score on the board.

All it needed is a good start from india especially with their captain uncertain on his batting down. Vijay and Rahul just did what is required with rahul getting his 4th fify plus score in the series and later has become the first victim for Pat Cummins off a bouncer. India ended day 2 at 120/1.

Australia started day-3 with all their guns blazzing and shooting with whatever they could,be it their words or the ball. Vijay and Pujara have been very watchful and did what they have done the whole season. Vijay has given his wicket away just in the last over before lunch and so did the Indian skipper after the lunch. It is from then India started looking unsettled with a huge trail ahead. India ended day 3 on 360/6 with pujara reaching his triple figure for the 11th time in Test cricket.

Day 4 has been the complete dominant day by the indians.A day which showed how dominant the hosts are this season and its also the day it re-invented ‘The wall’ for india at No 3. A third double by pujara and a fine hundred under pressure by saha ensured that there is only one team which can loose from there with india leading by 152 runs. Thanks to a quick fifty from jadeja. Jadeja continued  to impress on the field by dismissing Warner with a beauty and the night watchman in the very next over to open the gates for an enthralling day 5.

Australia started Day-5 trailing by 129 runs. After losing the settled duo Renshaw and Smith in quick succession, australia looked in a spot of bother and it is then Handscomb and Shaun marsh came to their rescue. Their display of patience required on a typical fifth day sub continent pitch ensured a draw for the visitors though Shaun Marsh and Maxwell fell in a quick succession later.

This draw is a proper end result for a test match which is not quite so often these days on the Indian soil. This has set up the platform for an exciting final test match at Dharmasala which starts this Saturday.




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