India vs Australia 3rd Test Match, Aus-23/2: Ravindra Jadeja bowls a match-turning spell after a quick fire fifty

By: | Updated: March 24, 2017 3:47 PM

India vs Australia 3rd Test: India started off really well as Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vjay got through the entire session without giving away any wicket but one false stroke led to the downfall of Vijay.

Live Cricket Score, India vs Australia: India is currently 91 runs behind from the visitors. (Photo: Associated Press)

India vs Australia 3rd Test Match, Stumps, Day 4, Australia – 23/2. Finally, we have seen one day of cricket that was totally dominated by the Indian team. Everything went in Virat Kohli’s team’s favour from the very first ball. Cheteshwar Pujara top scored with 202 runs and was well-supported by Wriddhiman Saha who scored a fluent century as well but the real impact was created by Ravindra ‘rockstar’ Jadeja who not only scored a fast half-century but also picked up two crucial wickets.

David Warner’s poor tour continues and once again he has failed to create any impact. His strategy of going after the bolwers from the word go is certainly not going in his favour and he needs to work on that. Australia’s move of using Nathan Lyon didn’t work in their favour either. Going into the 5th day, the visitors face a huge task of saving the game and all eyes will be on one man – Steve Smith.

Here are Live Cricket Score Updates of India vs Australia 3rd Test Match:

4:45 PM: Stumps, Day 4, Australia – 23/2. Matt Renshaw was batting at 7 while Ravindra Jadeja got rid of David Warner and Nathan Lyon before stumps.

4:10 PM: Who thought! Virat Kohli has declared the inning in Ranchi. When Australia had put on 451 runs on the board this was a near-impossible scenario but this what the current Indian team is good at. Cheteshwar Pujara stepped and scored the 11 double century of his first-class. Wriddhiman Saha and Ravindra Jadeja’s knocks were enough to give India a lead of 152 runs.

3:50 PM: The pain is not ending for the Australian team. Ravindra Jadeja is taking the game away from the Australian side. The partnership for 9th wicket is of 54 runs. Umesh Yadav is also playing a useful knock here.

3:17 PM: When Australia got rid of both Wriddhiman Saha and Ravindra Jadeja in quick succession, it would have hoped to wrap up things fast but Ravindra Jadeja had different ideas. He came out in an attacking mode and has taken the bowlers on. India’s lead is now over 100 runs.

2:50 PM: Brilliant double century by Cheteshwar Pujara. This is the third double century in Test cricket and what a time to score it!

2:30 PM: India has gone past the 500-run mark. That’s a huge psychological advantage for the team. Wriddhiman Saha has scored his 3rd Test century. A superb inning by the Indian wicketkeeper. Not that first time he has come out and scored valuable runs in the lower order.

1:55 PM: India is heading towards a strong total. The partnership between Saha and Steve Smith is now of 158 runs and India has taken a lead of 35 runs.

1:30 PM: Chetshwar Pujara jas once again pulled off a successful DRS:

1:00 PM: India is in the lead now and Australia has all the reasons to worry about. So many times we have seen in the past that Indian bowlers have bundled out the opposition in a couple of sessions, most notably against England last year.

12:45 PM: Sanjay Bangar has worked really hard behind the scenes. Watch here:

12:20 PM: The partnership between Pujara and Saha is now of 112 runs and India is just 11 runs behind Australia’s total. If a wicket falls now, we could expect Ravindra Jadeja to come out all guns blazing. He would try to attack the bowlers and extend India’s lead.

11:40 AM: Lunch, Day 4, India – 435/6. A brilliant session for the Indian team, probably the best of the match so far. Wriddhiman Saha and Cheteshwar Pujara have turned the match in India’s favour with this very important partnership. If India bats for one more session, they will certainly be the favourites to win the game.

11:20 AM: Wriddhiman Saha has scored his 5th Test half-century. A superb knock and once again he has pulled that off under immense pressure. India is now just 20 runs behind from Australia and if the visitors are unable to break this partnership, we may soon see a change in the strategy.

10:50 AM: Cheteshwar Pujara has reached 150. A superb knock by the India batsman. He has been fantastic in this inning so far and the hosts are now just 47 runs behind the visitors.

10:20 AM: The partnership is now of 63 runs from 166 balls. Wriddhiman Saha is not as dominant as MS Dhoni or as aggressive as Adam Gilchrist but he is proving to be one of the best number 7 batsmen of the current era. His useful contributions in the lower order have made a lot of difference for India in the past.

10:00 AM: Good first 30 minutes for India. They haven’t lost a wicket and 20 more valuable runs have been put on board. Saha did survive a close call but other than that it has been easy for the Indian team.

9:30 AM: Good morning folks! We are live for yet another thrilling day of cricket. It’s super Sunday in Ranchi. The sun is out and so are the players. So fasten your seat belts because it won’t be less than a roller-coaster ride.

9:20 AM: Both the sides have two days to win it from here. India is currently 91 runs behind from the visitors and if they are able to take the lead of even 50 runs, it can prove very crucial. Run scoring is going to be very tough on Day 4 as the pitch is not getting better from here. However, finally, we may see a game that will enter the final day. We haven’t seen too many games going into the final day in India’s domestic season so this going to be a new experience for all.

9:10 AM: In this season, Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay have added 954 runs together which is most by an Indian pair in one season. Sunil Gavaskar and Chetan Chauhan previously held this record as they added 913 runs in 1979/80.

9:00 AM: Ravindra Jadeja is out in the park hitting the ball. He is the next man in and the last recognised one as well:

Playing XI:

India – Lokesh Rahul, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma

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

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