Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb salvage draw in third Australia-India test

Doug Mendoza
March 21, 2017

India skipper Virat Kohli was pleased with the effort put in by his team despite not being able to secure a win on the final day against Australia in the third Test in Ranchi. Pujara, who was involved in a 102-run second-wicket stand with overnight partner Murali Vijay (82), was holding the innings together with his 11th Test century.

Australia ground out a draw with Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh proving hard to dislodge after India removed Matt Renshaw and Steve Smith in the morning session.

However, Smith responded, "I was a bit disappointed (with the shoulder-grabbing incidents)". The reason perhaps is that a cricket ball is one of the few things in the sport where cricketers have no choice.

"They were pretty good when they came off, probably happy to get off the ground", Lehmann said of his bowlers. He was the team physio of NSW and Sydney Sixers prior to joining India. Kohli alleged that some Australians unnecessarily taunted the Farhart but Smith denied the claim.

In Ranchi, the firebrand offered a more obtuse allegation after play. I don't know the number of runs he has scored but he has contributed throughout. He is our physio and his job is to treat me. I'm sure they will take loads out of what they did in the second innings. "You must ask him (Smith) why they started taking his name".

Australia's batsmen ensured that the back-breaking work done by their bowlers on the third and fourth days was not in vain but there is no doubt the toil and grind in the field will have taken a toll on the attack.

The Ranchi crowd, who had little to cheer about during the fifth day, immediately went into a frenzied delirium, as Dhoni's image appeared on the giant screen, as the local hero waved to his faithful fans.

The first hour of the day was stonewalled, with Australia scoring only 25 runs and rightfully so.

Marsh and Handscomb spearheaded a successful stonewall from Australia on day five in Ranchi, sharing a partnership that lasted nearly four hours.

The four-match series is level at 1-1.

But in the hindsight he felt that they were about 100 runs short in the first innings, with Indian left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja making the difference with his five for 124-run spell. The HPCA stadium has previously hosted a few one-day internationals and twenty-20 global matches.

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"I'm proud of the way the boys stuck it out". That's what we want to be. The visitors finally ended the day on 204/6.

Whatever the pitch conditions - barring it being a raging turner, like the one in Pune - what India need for this Test match, is an extra bowler.

Australia vice-captain David Warner played down the issue following his side's loss in Bangalore. Over the wicket, around the wicket. "Him", Gould said, pointing at one of Yadav's team-mates.

"It's as good as a Test hundred (from Handscomb and Marsh). I was exceptionally proud of the way they went about their business".

Handscomb is just the third Australian to face 200 or more balls in the fourth innings of a Test this decade.

Kohli reckoned the result could have been different had the balls used in the Test retained their firmness.

The skipper repeatedly spoke with umpires and tried to get the ball changed.

Marsh and Handscomb also deserve credit for not panicking after Australia lost their overnight batsmen - Matt Renshaw and captain Smith - in back-to-back overs to Ishant and Jadeja, respectively. "Soft, not doing much", Kohli told reporters.

Pujara was batting on 190, having played the longest innings by an Indian in terms of balls faced after almost 11 hours in the middle.

Ball got soft too soon The Indian captain gave a freakish explanation to Indian bowlers' failure to pick remaining eight wickets. Even this morning, it was spinning well. "They batted very well".

Smith admitted he was surprised by how well the pitch played throughout the contest. On day five, the wicket slows down, we took the new ball later and got a couple of wickets. "It was a nice wicket", he said.

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