India vs Australia 4th Test Match, Cricket Score Updates, Day 3 Stumps, Ind-19/0: India needs 87 runs to win on Day 4

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New Delhi | Updated: March 27, 2017 9:13:22 PM

India vs Australia 4th Test, Cricket Score Updates: As expected, it has been a slow start for the Indian side. Both the batsmen are very calculative in their approach and understandably so.

Cricket Score, India vs Australia: Dharamshala has been majestic in last two days and if it stays like that for next three days, we?ll definitely have a winner. (IE)

India vs Australia 3rd Test Match, Live Cricket Score Updates: STUMPS, Day 3, India – 19/0.

This was turning out to be a riveting series so far, full of ups and downs till today. The Indian bowlers stepped up restricted Australia to a modest total of 137 giving India a target of 106 runs. Some fluent stroke play by the openers KL Rahul and Murali Vijay ensured that India is left with just 87 runs to win on Day 4. If nothing unusual happens, this match will be over by lunch and India will lift the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

There were two important factors that tilted the game in India’s favour on the day; a half-century by Jadeja, which enabled India to get to 332 in the first innings and then Australia’s premier batsman, Steve Smith’s poor shot selection off Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Ravindra Jadeja proved to be India’s star in this match and has made a strong case for himself for the player of the series award.

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

4:45 PM: STUMPS, Day 3, India – 19/0. That’s a wrap from Dharamshala. India needs 87 runs to win on the final day with 10 wickets in hand.

4:25 PM: That’s it! The target for India is 105 runs. It should be a cakewalk to win the series from here after the brilliant performance by the bowlers. Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja picked 3 wickets each while Bhuvi got one scalp to his name as well.

4:10 PM: This is how Bhuvi castled Steve Smith:

3:50 PM: The Indian spinners are totally dominating the game now. Eight wickets are down and Australia’s lead is of just 89 runs. This match is going in India’s favour sooner than expected.

3:05 PM: OUT! Glenn Maxwell departs and that is a big wicket for the Indian team. He was looking good and was Australia’s only hope to take them to a good total. Ravichandran Ashwin has too wickets to his name now and only Kuldeep Yadav’s wicket column is empty. Watch this brilliant catch by Ajinkya Rahane:

2:40 PM: The game is in India’s court as of now and we can expect a result tomorrow.

2:15 PM: India is in a very good position going into the lunch break. With five wickets down and lead of just 60 runs, Australia is virtually out of this match. They can

1:45 PM: Glenn Maxwell is giving the Indian bowlers a hard time. He has launched a counter-attack smashing 28 runs at run a ball including 5 fours and a six. He can change the course of the match in an hour so India needs to get him out as early as possible.

1:15 PM: Brilliant start by the Indian fast bowlers. Three of Australia’s top order batsmen were back in the pavilion even before the lead was nullified. Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli couldn’t have asked for more. This has given India a huge advantage and there is a possibility to bowling Australia out under 100 runs.

12:50 PM: Ravindra Jadeja emerged victorious in war of words:

12:30 PM: Australia have started their reply to India’s lead of 32 runs and have scored 10 runs from the first 3 overs. The match is heading towards an interesting finish. India would like to keep the visitors below the 200-run mark and for that, they will have to bowl them out today itself.

11:50 AM: So, India have taken a lead of 32 runs and they must be happy with it. Ideally, they would have wanted a lead of 70-80 runs but the scoreboard read 220/6 at one stage and to get a lead from there is certainly appreciable. Ravindra Jadeja once again gave a useful contribution with the bat. He is one of the contenders for the Man of the Series award.

11:25 AM: Watch Jadeja’s awesome celebration after scoring the half-century:

10:50 AM: This is turning out to be a fantastic partnership between  Wriddhiman Saha and Ravindra Jadeja and has put India on top, The lead has been nullified and the first target has been achieved. These two have added 75 runs from 151 balls and the dressing room would be delighted with the progress.

10:35 AM: How important will this turn out to be:

10:17 AM: A very good start for India. 45 minutes into the day, no wicket has fallen and the lead has been reduced to just 20 runs. If these two continue to bat at this rate, the hosts may end up taking a lead of about 30-40 runs by lunch and that will put them in a very strong position.

9:55 AM: As expected, it has been a slow start for the Indian side. Both the batsmen are very calculative in their approach and understandably so. India needs these two men to stay in and keep the scoreboard floating.

9:30 AM: Good morning folks! We are live and the conditions look perfect for a riveting day of cricket. There are some cracks on the pitch which will assist the spinners and the bounce is going to make life tough for the batsmen. However, as we have seen so far run-scoring in Dharamshala is not as difficult as was at the other venues.

9:05 AM: Dharamshala is all set for Day 3. Here is a free tour of the ground by Michael Clarke:

8:55 AM: India made similar mistakes like the visitors did on Day 1. The hosts were off to a go start but threw away the initial advantage post-lunch session. Replying to Australia’s total of 300 runs, the hosts were at 108/1 at one stage but finished the day at 248/6 with Wriddhiman Saha and Ravindra Jadeja on crease. Both these batsmen have been amongst runs in last few months and can give India a decent lead but isn’t going to be an easy job.

8:40 AM: Calm and compose as ever, Cheteshwar Pujara reached his half-century:

8:20 AM: “Just brilliant to bowl in partnerships. I thought we were brilliant with the ball. It was a pretty good effort to restrict them to 240-odd. In the first couple of sessions it didn’t do much. It started doing as the day progressed; spinning and a lot more bounce.” – Nathan Lyon

8:00 AM: Australia dropped too many catches in the field but Indian batsmen failed to take advantage of that:

7:40 AM: Ajinkya Rahane smashed a six and even Virat Kohli was shocked with that shot. Watch it here:

7:20 AM: Here are some stats from this match:

– Cheteshwar Pujara now holds the record for most runs by an Indian batsman in one season. He has surpassed Gautam Gambhir has scored 1316 runs now.

– KL Rahul scored his 5th Test fifty of this series but also became the first Indian batsman to hit five consecutive 50s without converting them into centuries.

– KL Rahul is now the third batsman to score more than 300 runs in this series. Only Steve Smith (482) and Cheteshwar Pujara (405) have scored more runs.

Playing Conditions: As promised Dharamshala’s wicket had something for everyone. There is bounce and swing for the fast bowlers while Kuldeep Yadav and Nathan Lyon extracted some turn from the wicket too. However, if you get your eye in, it isn’t tough to score runs either.

Playing XIs:

India – Lokesh Rahul, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (C), Karun Nair, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav

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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