India vs Australia 3rd Test Ends in a Draw – Australia Survive Day 5 – India vs Australia 3rd Match which was played at MS Dhoni’s hometown, Ranchi has ended in a draw. The game was filled with quality cricket which involved some good spells of bowling and some big innings. Eventually, the match had no winner after five days of intense cricket. The world witnessed nail-biting sessions in this test match. Even though there was no team which emerged as the winner, the quality of cricket proved that the longer format is still the winner in all formats.
Winning a good toss, visitors opted to bat first. Pitch favouring batsmen, Australians took full advantage of the surface even after some early hiccups. Smith and Maxwell toiled Indian bowlers and scored centuries to take Australia to 450.
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Coming out to bat, Indians had a worry about injury scare of Indian captain Virat Kohli. Indian openers started the innings steadily to build a good opening stand. Even though India lost KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay continued to sweat Australian bowlers till 3rd-day lunch. Just before lunch, Murali Vijay lost his cool and tried to hit over the mid-wicket which cost Indian their second wicket. Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair and R Ashwin were also wrapped up by Australian bowlers. India at that moment were struggling at 328/6. Saha and Pujara kept their cool heads and continued to go wicketless for next 75 overs. Till then India had surpassed Australia’s total of 451 and were leading Aussies by few runs.
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On Day 4, Indians managed to wicketless for first two sessions. The third session saw the Pujara’s double century and Saha’s century. After respective milestones, both batsmen returned to the pavilion handing the proceeding to the lower order batsman. Jadeja also hit a quickfire 50 to ensure India are well ahead of the game. India gave a lead of 152 runs which was not huge but a tough task for visitors to survive. Coming out to bat trailing India, Aussies lost a couple of quick wickets to end Day 4 in a disastrous condition. Australia at Day 4 were 23/2 trailing India by 130 odd runs.
Day 5 was a survival day for Aussies. The match was heading towards India’s win or draw. Smith and Renshaw started slowly on day 5. India picked two quick wickets to put pressure back on visitors.
It was all up to Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb to defend every ball and survive the day. The two young batsmen stepped up to the occasions and delivered when it mattered. Shaun Marsh and Handscomb added a 100 run partnership to ensure 3rd Test ends in a draw, To end the day, Australia were 204/6.