1st Test,
The Ashes, 2017-18, Brisbane

Australia vs England

23 November 2017 05:29 (IST)

3rd Test, JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi, 16 March 2017

India vs Australia

Australia 3rd Inn:204/6 (100)

Matthew Wade* 9 (16);Peter Handscomb 72 (200);
Ravichandran Ashwin* 30-10-71-1; Ravindra Jadeja 44-18-54-4;

Last bat: Glenn Maxwell

Result: Match drawn.

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Australia 2nd Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
David Warner b Ravindra Jadeja 14 16 3 0 87.5
Matt Renshaw lbw Ishant 15 84 1 0 17.86
Nathan Lyon b Ravindra Jadeja 2 7 0 0 28.57
Steven Smith(c) b Ravindra Jadeja 21 68 2 0 30.88
Shaun Marsh c Vijay & b Ravindra Jadeja 53 197 7 0 26.9
Peter Handscomb not out 72 200 7 0 36
Glenn Maxwell c Vijay & b Ashwin 2 15 0 0 13.33
Matthew Wade(wk) not out 9 16 2 0 56.25
Pat Cummins dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Steve O'Keefe dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Josh Hazlewood dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
             
Extras(b - 9, lb - 4, w - 0, nb - 3)16
Total(204 for 6 in 100 overs)204 (2.04 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/17 (David Warner, 5.1 ov.) 2/23 (Nathan Lyon, 7.2 ov.) 3/59 (Matt Renshaw, 28.4 ov.)
4/63 (Steven Smith, 29.1 ov.) 5/187 (Shaun Marsh, 91.2 ov.) 6/190 (Glenn Maxwell, 94.4 ov.)
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Ravichandran Ashwin 30 10 71 1 2.37  
Ravindra Jadeja 44 18 54 4 1.23  
Umesh Yadav 15 2 36 0 2.4  
Ishant Sharma 11 0 30 1 2.73  
               

India 1st Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Lokesh Rahul c Wade & b Pat Cummins 67 102 9 0 65.69
Murali Vijay st Wade & b O'Keefe 82 183 10 1 44.81
Cheteshwar Pujara c Maxwell & b Lyon 202 525 21 0 38.48
Virat Kohli(c) c Steven Smith & b Pat Cummins 6 23 0 0 26.09
Ajinkya Rahane c Wade & b Pat Cummins 14 33 2 0 42.42
Karun Nair b Hazlewood 23 47 2 0 48.94
Ravichandran Ashwin c Wade & b Pat Cummins 3 22 0 0 13.64
Wriddhiman Saha(wk) c Maxwell & b O'Keefe 117 233 8 1 50.21
Ravindra Jadeja not out 54 55 5 2 98.18
Umesh Yadav c Warner & b O'Keefe 16 33 2 0 48.48
Ishant Sharma not out 0 4 0 0 0
             
Extras(b - 14, lb - 5, w - 0, nb - 0)19
Total(603 for 9 in 210 overs)603 (2.87 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/91 (Lokesh Rahul, 31.2 ov.) 2/193 (Murali Vijay, 70.4 ov.) 3/225 (Virat Kohli, 80.4 ov.)
4/276 (Ajinkya Rahane, 91.2 ov.) 5/320 (Karun Nair, 107.4 ov.) 6/328 (Ravichandran Ashwin, 115.4 ov.)
7/527 (Cheteshwar Pujara, 193.2 ov.) 8/541 (Wriddhiman Saha, 196.1 ov.) 9/595 (Umesh Yadav, 208.2 ov.)
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Josh Hazlewood 44 10 103 1 2.34  
Pat Cummins 39 10 106 4 2.72  
Steve O'Keefe 77 17 199 3 2.58  
Nathan Lyon 46 2 163 1 3.54  
Glenn Maxwell 4 0 13 0 3.25  
               

Australia 1st Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Matt Renshaw c Kohli & b Umesh 44 69 7 0 63.77
David Warner c & b Ravindra Jadeja 19 26 2 0 73.08
Steven Smith(c) not out 178 361 17 0 49.31
Shaun Marsh c Pujara & b Ashwin 2 8 0 0 25
Peter Handscomb lbw Umesh 19 47 2 0 40.43
Glenn Maxwell c Saha & b Ravindra Jadeja 104 185 9 2 56.22
Matthew Wade(wk) c Saha & b Ravindra Jadeja 37 50 6 0 74
Pat Cummins b Ravindra Jadeja 0 2 0 0 0
Steve O'Keefe c Vijay & b Umesh 25 71 5 0 35.21
Nathan Lyon c Nair & b Ravindra Jadeja 1 6 0 0 16.67
Josh Hazlewood runout (Ravindra Jadeja) 0 2 0 0 0
             
Extras(b - 9, lb - 11, w - 0, nb - 2)22
Total(451 all out in 137.3 overs)451 (3.28 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/50 (David Warner, 9.4 ov.) 2/80 (Matt Renshaw, 22.3 ov.) 3/89 (Shaun Marsh, 25.1 ov.)
4/140 (Peter Handscomb, 42.2 ov.) 5/331 (Glenn Maxwell, 101.2 ov.) 6/395 (Matthew Wade, 115.4 ov.)
7/395 (Pat Cummins, 115.6 ov.) 8/446 (Steve O'Keefe, 134.3 ov.) 9/449 (Nathan Lyon, 135.6 ov.)
10/451 (Josh Hazlewood, 137.3 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Ishant Sharma 20 2 70 0 3.5  
Umesh Yadav 31 3 106 3 3.42  
Ravichandran Ashwin 34 2 114 1 3.35  
Ravindra Jadeja 49.3 8 124 5 2.51  
Murali Vijay 3 0 17 0 5.67  
               
All|Overs 1-50|Overs 51-100
4

to Warner, FOUR, the first ball that turns for . Drifts away too but the length is short. Warner cuts it away through point

4

to Warner, FOUR, anticlimatic 8-run over from . Shortish and then turns away to manufacture width for Warner, who just sits on the back foot and steers the cut shot in front of point

4

to Warner, FOUR, he's not in control. The ball is drifting in first of all, so Warner makes room. But it's dipping too, and Warner has to urgently slice his inside-out drive. Manages to clear mid-off, just

W

to Warner, out Bowled!! Brings his doom out of the rough. Nothing Warner could have done. Nothing. And acknowledges it with I-will-seal-my-lips-with-my-fingers celebration. Big explosion as the ball spins back in off the pitch - off the rough - and is past Warner's inside edge before he could look to get across on his front foot. Close to unplayable. Will Lyon come out as the nightwatchman? Warner b 14(16) [4s-3]

4

to Renshaw, FOUR, he's faced 525 balls but he still puts in an effort. Pujara at long leg. I think he's touched the ropes with his fingers as he tries to back-flick the ball. And as a result, this inswinger on a length from goes for a boundary. Renshaw just shuffled across and helped it away

W

to Lyon, out Bowled!! And he embarrasses the nightwatchman back to the dressing room. Gets the ball to drift in round-armishly and pitches it on middle-stump and then extracts that turn. Enough to get past Lyon who could have been more forward. Past the outside edge, into the off-stump and the camera pans to Smith in the dressing room. He was supposed to walk out at No.3. Lyon b 2(7)

4

Yadav to Smith, FOR, Vijay at extra cover shold've done better. Went to his right on the dive bt coldn't stop the ball from rnning away. Pitched p otside off, Smith drives off the front foot and got good timing on that. Once it beat Vijay it was always for

4

to Smith, FOUR, he has flicked that from fourth-stump line. Shuffled across and made the pitched up delivery go away through mid-wicket. A flick and the ball races away on the fast outfield. Class batting

4

to Renshaw, byes, FOUR, given as byes. That seemed to have flicked the shirt of Renshaw. Bounced out of the rough and Renshaw had no chance once it did, went on the back foot to defend and was alarmed at how high the ball spat at him, Saha couldn't get across and the ball runs away

W

to Renshaw, out Lbw!! Will he review this? No. He walks off. is pumped. Swinging his arms vigorously in celebration. Got under the skin of Renshaw and then gets him out. Renshaw has a grimace and shakes his head before going off. Was frustrated with himself and cursed under his breath on the way back. The only question was whether Renshaw was struck outside the line? Ball tracking needed to know that. Good set-up by . After bowling short, he delivers one full and gets it to reverse back in, Renshaw's mind is still on the short ball, is late to get his bat down and the ball thuds into the pad. Impact seemed to be marginal. Could be umpire's call. Let's wait and watch whether Gould is proved right. India finally get the wicket after a long toil. The impressive Renshaw goes. Ball-tracking in on the Renshaw dismissal - three reds! That's why Renshaw didn't review. Gould spot on Renshaw lbw b 15(84) [4s-1]

4

to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, Shaun Marsh is off the mark. With a streaky shot. Dabs with soft hands, but still it is a soft outside edge, runs away wide of gully and into the unmanned third man fence. got that to go away with the shine

W

to Smith, out Bowled!! Smith is cleaned up. The off stump is lying flat on the ground. What a bad leave that is. and the Indians can't believe their luck. Smith will have nightmares of this dismissal - especially if his side go on to lose today. Let me tell you that. bowls from over the wicket, pitches outside leg, into the rough, Smith thrusted the pad, but didn't do it fully, saw the ball turn from the rough and knock the off stump out. He looks shocked. As do the Aussie contingent. India are running around in circles. That turned just enough to elude the pad and not miss off. has made a habit of this - got Amla to leave one at Mohali and knocked his stump out. Does the same to Smith here. That could be the game and series-winning wicket. And it is who does it. Smith b 21(68) [4s-2]

D

to Handscomb, no run, driven in the air and doesn't stick in Nair's hand at silly point. Firmly struck drive by Handscomb and had it stuck, would've been a miracle catch. Nair has his hands on his head. As does the short leg man

4

to Handscomb, byes, FOUR, goes well down leg and gives away four byes. Saha with a full-length dive but didn't even get a fingertip on it. Raced away. A pressure-releasing boundary

4

to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, too short and Shaun Marsh had all the time to rock back and whip it between the two short legs. Had the pace to go all the way. First ball in a while that is a bit loose from and put away

D

to Handscomb, no run, tough to call that a dropped chance. anticipated the bowler to race down the track and bowled a leg stump line looking for a stumping, Handscomb stays in his crease and flicks uppishly, straight to Nair at short leg, came very quickly and he couldn't close his hands in time

4

Yadav to Shan Marsh, FOR, good hit that. mesh shapes this fll ball into the left-hander, looked like he was trying the yorker there, went on the half-volley and Marsh plays a lovely on-drive throgh mid-on

4

to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, good use of the feet from Marsh, tossed this up on the stumps, just a gentle step down the pitch and then played a delightful on-drive beating mid-on

OT

Yadav to Shan Marsh, no rn, waste of a review from India. Kohli has an embarrassing smile on his face as he sees the replay. The fact that mesh slipped and went to grond as soon as he delivered the ball meant he coldn't see the ball and only had to rely on Saha for the call. It was a short delivery from mesh, Marsh left that alone, impact was close to the off stmp, bt the ball pitched way otside leg stmp

4

to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, sees the flight and shimmies down to square drive it past Ishant Sharma at backward point, good use of the feet and he timed it ever so sweetly

4

to Handscomb, FOUR, Handscomb growing in confidence. Chips down the pitch, takes it on the full and whip-flicks it to the deep square fence. Shot!

4

to Handscomb, FOUR, hadn't hit one boundary before this over and now he has 2 in 3 balls. Sees lot of flight, stands tall on the back foot and throws his hands on the cut shot. Crrrrunched!

4

to Handscomb, FOUR, Australia now just 21 runs away from making India bat again. Make that 14 runs off the over, Handscomb hurries down and smacks the on-drive like a wristy wizard through mid-wicket

OT

Yadav to Handscomb, no rn, action packed start here. The Indians review again. The ball decked back in and the batsman was hit in line with the sticks. Bt was it going over? There is no spike as the bat was never close to the leather. Virat thoght a bit before going for it. mpire's call as it is jst clipping the bails. India wold be peeved. It was indeed mch closer than what we all thoght. India have lost both their reviews. That was close bt not close enogh. India's search contines for the fifth wicket

4

Yadav to Shan Marsh, FOR, that was a poor delivery on the pads and clipped away withot any hassles. A freebie and was accepted with open arms. The man at deep fine leg gave it a tame chase only to fail

4

Yadav to Handscomb, FOR, the partnership between Handscomb and Shan Marsh is now 100! That was a poor delivery onto the pads and Handscomb tickled it fine on the on-side to beat the dive of the keeper. First fifty of the trip as well. This is perhaps his most valed Test knock. He wold want to contine

4

to Handscomb, FOUR, first time has dropped it that short and Handscomb was quick to prey on that. He strayed back and sworded the cut to do a mini-war dance in his mind

OT

to Shaun Marsh, no run, that was turning down leg. The ball was fired in, hit the batsman on the back foot as the batsman was on the move. India have reviewed it. But the impact was on leg-stick. No bat involved confirms the third umpire. It is umpire's call on hitting the wickets and Marsh survives. Had it been given out, the decision would have stayed. But that's how life is..

4

to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, what a gorgeous innings from Marsh this! Kohli is clapping too. 7th Test fifty. Marsh uses his feet and drives through covers

4

to Handscomb, FOUR, short ball arrowing in but meets Handscomb's swivel. Had read the length so early here and got it just in front and over the square leg fielder

W

to Shaun Marsh, out Caught by Vijay!! India strike, finally. Marsh has turned one straight to one of the two forward short legs. A bit of extra bounce from over the wicket to the left-hander, Marsh gets forward looking to get on top but ends up steering it straight to Vijay. Ninth wicket of the match for . Shaun Marsh c Vijay b 53(197) [4s-7]

W

to Maxwell, out Caught by Vijay!! Branded a T20 player, gets out like a T20 player? A carrom ball does him. Another carrom ball in the over, and this ultimately gets him. Drifts flat across to pitch outside leg, but trims the inside edge and lobs to silly point. Couldn't see much of a celebration although I was expecting a mass hold-your-right shoulder revelry from India. They resist. It's a draw, apparently. Maxwell c Vijay b 2(15)

4

to Wade, FOUR, inswinger now. He's trying everything. Why not. Going down though, and helped away to the deep square leg fence

4

to Wade, FOUR, hey, there's a run! Overpitched and driven through covers

4

to Handscomb, FOUR, runs are on a sale here. There outside off and punched off the back foot

4

Cummins to Rahul, FOUR, he's flicked it for four. It was aerial and wasn't very far from square leg; Rahul has to be careful. You can see what Cummins is trying there, bowling it full on middle with pace; wanting Rahul to play across the line which he does. He's able to put it away

4

Cummins to Rahul, FOUR, princely punch off the back foot through cover point. He's the man in form for India. Not much wrong with the delivery from Cummins. It's a back of a length ball just outside off. But Rahul is all class on the back foot

4

Cummins to Rahul, FOUR, there's greater bounce than the delivery which he punched to the boundary, so he gets on his toes and subtly dabs it wide of gully. Lovely batting. All in control

4

to Rahul, FOUR, tried the same shot the previous ball, didn't get the placement right, this time he splits backward point and cover-point with a nice-looking back foot punch. The length was slightly short and the width was there outside off stump

4

to Rahul, FOUR, edged, but wide of the diving slip fielder. Flighted delivery spinning away outside off stump, Rahul lunges forward in his defence, plays away from the body as well, which is not a great thing do on a spinning track, luckily the edge was thick enough to evade Steve Smith

4

to Rahul, FOUR, poor delivery! Maybe he tried the slider, but got the line wrong, bowled on the leg stump, Rahul waits for it to come, gently tickles it away and there's no cover at fine leg

4

to Vijay, FOUR, now that's overpitched, it did swing, but the air-time on the ball gave Vijay ample time to adjust. Leans nicely forward and creams the cover-drive

4

to Vijay, FOUR, deliberate attempt to play with open bat face, but this flew off the outer half of the bat. More a thickish edge. Fullish and quicker delivery outside off stump, Vijay bends his back knee and plays late, evades Smith at slip and India move to 60/0 with that boundary

4

to Rahul, FOUR, now that's a really poor shot from Rahul. Full credit to . He set Rahul up with an inswinger in the lead up to this ball and then takes this away. Nothing but a poke away from the body from Rahul, luckily for him Smith had a big gap between slip and gully and the ball escaped

4

to Rahul, FOUR, the sweep shot gets him to fifty. Fourth fifty of the series. Flighted delivery outside off, Rahul gets it behind square and it races away for four. Been a fine effort from the Karnataka opener. The strike-rate has been the highlight of this innings. 73/0 will settle a few nerves in the dressing room after Australia's 451. Rahul raises his bat to the dressing room and the crowd to acknowledge the applause

4

to Rahul, FOUR, errs in his line, just down the leg-side, easily glanced away and four more precious runs to Rahul and India

W

Cummins to Rahul, out Caught by Wade!! Now that's a good ball. Smith persisted with Cummins' pace and reaps rewards. That quick short ball again. Too quick for Rahul. Tries to sway out of the way with his bat held high up. Takes his bottom hand off. Jumps. Cannot evade that. Gloves it back to the keeper. The sound wasn't right there but guess what, it's been given and Rahul has to go. Replays suggest that Wade didn't appeal as enthusiastically but then again, this dismissal was so obvious. He didn't need to. Rahul c Wade b Cummins 67(102) [4s-9]

4

to Vijay, FOUR, top-edges a sweep and gets away. Just not the length that. Dipping to make it worse and the ball swoops over the keeper. Would have been finer of short fine leg, if there was one

4

to Vijay, FOUR, and he redeems. That's what good players do. Fetches it from off and is right on top with a bigger stride across to get right on top. 100 up

4

to Vijay, FOUR, sees that the length's been shortened on leg-stump, gets low - how quick does he do that! - and laps it away to fine leg

4

to Pujara, FOUR, tired full toss on the pads, flicked away through mid-wicket. Just get the day done with..

4

to Vijay, FOUR, uses his feet and pats the drive through mid-off. Right to the pitch of the ball and all he needed was timing

OT

to Vijay, no run, Australia review. Appeal for a bat-pad at short leg. Ian Gould wasn't convinced. Well inside Vijay's inside edge, it looks like, but did that brush the side of the glove there? No bat certainly, snickometer confirms. Nothing when the ball gets past the glove either. So Australia lose the review, Vijay survives

6

to Vijay, SIX, all the way. First ball against today and Vijay has decided to go the aerial route. Down the track and lofted over long-on. Looked like it didn't come off the middle of the bat, but got enough elevation and distance to get him a six. Moves to 48

OT

to Vijay, 1 run, 50 for Vijay in his 50th Test. Pushed wide of short cover and a quick single taken. Kohli claps from the dressing room

4

to Pujara, FOUR, pressure-releasing boundary. First loose ball in a while, slightly short and on leg, Pujara rocked back and whipped it wide of mid-wicket. Kept racing away

OT

to Pujara, no run, Smith has gone for a review. Against Pujara for lbw. Given not out. Was it pad first? Clearly inside edge onto the pad there. But did it hit the pad first? No. Bat first. Pujara will survive this and Australia will lose a review. Easy call for Llong. "Definitely bat first" he says and what a poor review that is. Smith had a chat with Wade and then went for it. Look at Kohli in the dressing room - he claps and then opens the dressing room door to shout something. Could be words of encouragement. Could be sledging the Aussies. This is what happened with regards to the ball: Angled in towards off, Pujara was a bit late on the defence, but managed to jam it, got the edge onto pad. and the rest of the Aussies were confident, but technology proved otherwise. Australia don't have any reviews now. Hang on! We maybe onto something here - The side-on replay showed that it may have flicked the pad first. UltraEdge showed a tiny spike before the ball hit the bat. Could only have been pad. If it was pad first, then Pujara would've been in trouble. For it was striking him in line and heading to hit off. But the third umpire was convinced with just the front on replay and ended the matter there. Should've had more looks.

4

to Vijay, FOUR, no-one in the deep and a safe shot. Tossed up outside off, Vijay goes for the slog sweep and nails it. Over mid-wicket and a boundary that releases a bit of the pressure

4

to Vijay, FOUR, beats the diving Hazlewood at fine leg. Sweeps and gets it wide of leg-slip, along the ground and Hazlewood had too much ground to cover from deep backward square. Good batting this

4

to Pujara, FOUR, he mistimed one on-drive earlier in the day against Cummins, no such problems this time. The bottom hand doesn't take over fully. It is overpitched and he drills it to the left of mid-on. Races away

4

to Vijay, FOUR, brilliant hit. Not easy to play the lofted inside out hit against who is bowling from round the wicket, but he makes room as he steps out and lofts cleanly over the head of mid-off. Struck right off the middle of the bat and puts the pressure back on

4

to Vijay, FOUR, slog sweep again. Too full and Vijay belted that after kneeling down. No-one at deep mid-wicket. Goes away to the fence. Vijay has done really well in the last half-hour to break the shackles with these sweeps

4

to Pujara, FOUR, another on-drive. Can he beat the diving mid-on? Yes he can. Too full from and Pujara powers the drive, past the stumps and mid-on is too wide to cut it off. Thumped the shot hard into the turf and Pujara will get four more

OT

to Vijay, leg byes, 2 runs, big appeal for lbw. Not given. Sliding down. Ball-tracking proves Gaffaney right. Full and on leg stump, Vijay missed the flick and was so sure that he did a Broad by running forward in appeal, thinking it will be given. bangs the turf with his hand in disappointment. Kohli and the Indian team are all smiles and clap the decision

W

to Vijay, out Stumped!! Brain-melt from Vijay. And after playing so well. So so uncharacteristic of him. Did he not know this was the last over before lunch? Maybe he might not have. Because there were lots of things happening out there. Appeals, sledging etc etc. Tries to take on by dancing down the track, the bowler is bowling from over the wicket, and he failed to connect on the swipe to leg. The ball goes past his shot and Wade does the rest. Good stumping as Wade would've been blinded by the batsman as the ball escaped the inside edge and body. Looked like the Aussies gave Vijay a send-off as well. The batsman turned around to have a look at one of the Aussies before he trudged off inside. He has got out just when the clock has ticked over to 11:30. So that will be lunch as well. Vijay st Wade b 82(183) [4s-10 6s-1]

4

to Pujara, FOUR, there are men close for the uppish hit near mid-wicket, but Pujara had this under control. shapes one full and into Pujara, the batsman flicks between short mid-wicket and square leg, hit all along the ground for four

4

to Pujara, FOUR, whipped away uppishly, turns out to be a safe shot with no one at mid-wicket. Just short enough for Pujara to rock back, hit that well and more importantly got the placement right

4

to Pujara, FOUR, down the track and the bat made an excellent sound as it met the ball. What a way to bring up the fifty - his 15th in Tests. Such a wonderful player to have in your team under pressure. Stays calm and bats long. The dressing room applauds the effort. This was a flighted delivery just outside off stump, Pujara steps out and crunches the cover-drive wide of extra-cover

4

to Pujara, FOUR, now he succeeds in getting closer to the pitch of the ball after stepping out, the off-drive comes out, mid-off is slightly wide and he had no chance

4

Cummins to Pujara, FOUR, looking for some swing, Cummins bowls a full toss, it turns out to be an easy ball for Pujara, who waits for the ball to come and flicks it nicely along the ground through mid-wicket. It's 222/2

W

Cummins to Kohli, out Caught by Smith!! Now then, what a break for Australia. Cummins and the new ball does the trick. As a fast bowler what do you do to Kohli when he's fresh at the crease? Just bowl well outside off stump and he always has this temptation to go hard at it and play away from the body. That is exactly what the batsman and the bowler did. No real swing on this one. The length was very full, yes, the drive was on, but the width on that maybe tells that the batsman should have been a little more conservative with his approach. But Kohli is a positive cricketer and he only sees that as a scoring opportunity. Could so easily have been a cover-drive from the middle of the bat, but not this time. It was a thick edge that flew through to second slip, where Smith was leaning back as he reverse cupped that. Actually a sharp grab. So all that talk of Kohli's batting position and his importance at the crease for India in this game, he is out to a single-digit score in the first innings. Look at the celebration from the Aussies. Smith celebrates almost in his face. Kohli c Smith b Cummins 6(23)

4

Cummins to Pujara, FOUR, off the bat and just past the diving Matthew Wade. He thinks he almost had that. Was an excellent dive and he wasn't far away from the ball. Short of a length delivery down the leg-side, Pujara tries to glance, it goes very fine and he was almost caught

4

Cummins to Pujara, FOUR, cut away nicely off the back foot, Lyon at backward point dives to his left and gets a hand on it, yet the ball escapes to the boundary. It was short and wide and Pujara didn't miss out

4

to Pujara, FOUR, Pujara attacks with a cover drive, but the ball takes a thickish outside edge and rolled through short third man. Looked like the batsman wanted to step out, then reached out to play as he couldn't get to the ball

4

to Rahane, FOUR, that's a lovely shot. Maybe he's confident of going about his business today. That drive to mid-off off Hazlewood last over did look very good. This was a flighted delivery outside off stump, Rahane steps and crashes the cover drive through extra-cover

4

to Rahane, FOUR, shortish delivery and the batsman takes the bait. Goes for the hook and the ball lands in the vacant backward square region for a four. The bumper was well directed but the execution had no planning or plotting behind it. Rahane was happy to add four to his tally with the swiveled hook

4

Cummins to Rahane, byes, FOUR, down the leg-side and the keeper fails to pouch it clean as it rolls like a dice. The batsman had no chance to hit that

4

to Pujara, FOUR, jumps down the track and then whips the clip by taking the ball on the full to pierce the gap between mid-wicket and mid-on. Moves to 95..

4

to Pujara, byes, FOUR, a poor delivery, Pujara misses the tickle, the ball though did kiss the glove-tips of the keeper before speeding away to the fence. Runs coming thick and fast for the Indians..50 for the duo in 61 balls..

W

Cummins to Rahane, out Caught by Wade!! Out of the bolt, against the run of play, Rahane throws his wicket away. A banged in delivery outside off, Rahane looks to play the upper cut but only manages a faint tickle to be taken by the keeper. The Australian players went up and Rahane walked before the umpire could decide on it. A nothing shot ends Rahane's stay. The duo has been dismantled now. Rahane c Wade b Cummins 14(33) [4s-2]

4

Cummins to Pujara, FOUR, 11th Test ton. This man is unstoppable in these conditions. He missed out in Bengaluru. He has made amends in Ranchi and will look to pile on the score..The hundred hit was his favorite drive on the up through the covers. He leant into it and got it between cover and mid-off

4

to Nair, FOUR, drives the half-volley with the turn and gets it past the man at short cover. It was in the air but well away from the fielder. That seemed like it stayed on the wickets as well..

4

to Pujara, FOUR, comes down the track a tad and drives, the ball races past the reach of the man at mid-off

4

to Nair, FOUR, short, not too short and cut away as Nair stepped back to cut it away

4

to Nair, byes, FOUR, lots of spin and bounce for . Slower and spun sharply to rip past the inside edge of Nair, he wasn't fully forward neither backward, it took him by surprise, just sped past everyone

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to Nair, 1 run, turned to mid-wicket and takes on Maxi's arm. The Big Show fires and misses at the bowling end, had that hit Nair might have been in trouble. Might

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to Nair, out Bowled!! Kohli looks stunned, so do some of his team-mates in the dressing room. is all pumped up, gets his reward for some consistent, quality bowling. Double bluff. Dug one short the previous ball and ensured Nair stayed on the back foot. Bowled from wide of the crease, fullish and curled back in to sneak past the bat-pad gate. Half the side back in the hutch now. Big wicket for Australia considering they are still ahead by 131 runs. Nair b 23(47) [4s-2]

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to Pujara, FOUR, the reward for remaining patient, full toss and Pujara spanked it away between mid-wicket and mid-on

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Cummins to Ashwin, out Caught by Wade!! This is a snorter from Cummins. Ashwin says shoulder, perhaps umpire Chris Gaffaney thinks the same and doesn't give it out. And Australia review this. Slowmos are in: See that short ball lifting off the deck! Brutal. Hurries Ashwin to sway away who does well to arch his body but errs in not dropping his wrists. Didn't have the time. The ball is perilously close to the gloves hence. Looks like it has indeed brushed top of the gloves there. Snicko confirms with a spike so kind to Cummins. Deserves this. And the decision will be reversed! Australia hold onto their review and keep punching holes in India's reply. Ashwin walks back, unhappy - from the umpire's decision, from his own effort or from Smith's barrage of verbal volleys, I know not. Ashwin c Wade b Cummins 3(22)

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to Saha, FOUR, past one-legged square leg umpire. Summons the ball from in front of off, is well in position and on top of this sweep shot. Risky but he played it so well here

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Cummins to Pujara, FOUR, hops a cut through covers. So early he reads the length, jumps in the air and flays it well in front of square. 121 now

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to Saha, FOUR, only if he had hit a shot like this in Adelaide. Shimmies down, makes room while doing that but isn't quite to the pitch. So shoves the loft over mid-on here. Safe shot

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to Saha, FOUR, drifting down from round the wicket, Saha paddled it past Wade and gets a boundary late in the day - his third

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Cummins to Saha, no run, lovely start for Cummins. No need to loosen up. Is all warmed up nicely for the first ball of the day. Steams in, lands the full inswinger on the stumps, Saha got his front foot across the line and tried to hurriedly bring the bat and meet the ball - in fact he couldn't put bat on ball because his bat hit the pad - missed the ball completely and it thudded into the back pad in line with middle and leg, the angle from over the wicket was taking it down the leg-side said ball-tracking, good use of DRS and the on-field decision has been overturned. That looked close to the naked eye. Maybe the benefit of doubt could have been given to the batsman by the on-field umpire, but he was convinced that it was at least hitting leg and raised the finger. Having been given out on-field, Australia were hoping for at least umpire's call from ball-tracking, but it just missed the leg pole

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Cummins to Saha, FOUR, full and outside off stump, Saha leans forward and drives along the ground through cover, the feet came nicely forward on this occasion, although the bat turned his hands, the timing was good enough

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to Pujara, FOUR, short enough for Pujara to rock back and pull. It came slowly and gave enough time for Pujara to adjust and play accordingly, sent that through mid-wicket

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to Pujara, no run, good bumper from , Pujara tries to pull, missed, almost a top edge on that one from . Oh my word! What did we just see from umpire Chris Gaffaney? There was a half shout for caught behind from Smith and the cordon when Pujara missed the pull. Gaffaney actually started to raise his finger, then suddenly changed his mind and finished by scratching his hat in the end. Even umpire Ian Gould and third umpire Llong see the funny side of it

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to Pujara, 1 run, flighted delivery outside off stump, Pujara guides it past slip and that's his 150. Top knock from India's No. 3. His calmness at the crease under pressure is amazing to watch

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to Saha, SIX, down the track and he's hit that decent well, not from the middle of the bat though. Went off the inside half of the bat, hit the with the spin over mid-wicket and it cleared the rope. The deficit is only 36 now

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to Saha, 1 run, 5th Test fifty for Saha it's been a good effort from him. He drives this flighted delivery to mid-off, who is deep. Raises his bat to the dressing room even before completing the run. Shows that this means a lot to him and the captain is a happy man in the dressing room

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to Pujara, no run, two LBW decisions have been reversed this session. Look at the smile on Jadeja's face and Kohli claps from the dressing room after seeing the replay. Disappointment for , who is still in search of his first wicket. Gets a cheering pat from one of his team-mates. Flighted delivery from , Pujara steps out and tries to defend, misses, the ball hits him in line with leg stump, Gould thought about it and raised the finger. Pujara consulted Saha and sent it upstairs, ball-tracking clearly showed that the ball was missing the leg stump by a long way. The fact that he was down the pitch helped Pujara on that occasion

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to Saha, 1 run, short and turning with bounce, Saha controls the glance behind square. Century partnership delights the Indian contingent

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to Saha, no run, still no luck for Australia this morning. Flighted delivery outside off stump, Saha tries to sweep, misses, the ball just goes past the glove. Wade appealed for a catch, suggested to Smith there could have been a glove or bat. There was a sound as the ball passed the bat, it was bat touching the floor and Australia lose a review

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Cummins to Saha, FOUR, Saha continues to stamp his dominance, new ball, coming on nicely and the outfield is lightning quick, Saha just puts bat to ball, in fact that's all he needed to do. Crunching drive through cover

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to Pujara, FOUR, swung in, but he didn't get his lines right, anything on middle and leg and Pujara will put it away with utmost ease, keeps his head straight and flicks it past mid-on

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Cummins to Saha, FOUR, the fielder at cover didn't move an inch, just buries his head not wanting to show his disappointment. Saha continues on his merry way, unleashes an eye-pleasing cover drive against a full delivery and gets four

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to Pujara, FOUR, luck flying away from Australia's reach. Short and slipping down leg, Pujara gets some wood on the flick, hit the thigh pad too. Wade dives full length to his left, air-borne but to no avail

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Cummins to Pujara, 1 run, brings up the 150-run partnership with a wristy flick into the on-side. The dressing room looks pretty relaxed

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Cummins to Saha, no run, Smith at first slip dives full length to his right and grabs it inches above the turf. And after a mini conflab he chooses to review. It was a short ball and didn't had the venom to trouble Saha, he was leaning into his ducking dance and lack of bounce meant it clipped his chest before flying towards the cordon. No dice. Australia don't have any reviews left for the rest of the innings

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to Saha, FOUR, over mid-off's head. Gets to the pitch by dancing out and lofts cleanly and flat. Clears mid-off and races away. Just a hit away now

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to Saha, 1 run, 100 for Saha. And huge cheers from the Ranchi crowd. Kohli punches the air with his left-hand. Still feeling ginger with his right I guess. Turned to the left of backward square and the duo take on Warner and make it. Off comes the helmet and the celebrations start. Brilliant brilliant knock and appreciated in the same way by his mates. Gutsy little character this man

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to Pujara, FOUR, too short and easy for Pujara. Rocked back and pulled over mid-wicket. No-one in the deep and it raced away. Very tired delivery that

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to Pujara, 1 run, 200 for CHE PUJARA! Remember the man. He is the man for India. In Test cricket. Not Kohli. Not Rahane. Not anyone else. It is CHE PUJARA. His best innings in his career. Without a shadow of doubt. He hasn't put a foot wrong. One of the best and chanceless double tons you will see ever in the history of Test cricket. Not a sniff given to the bowlers. And look at how everyone are reacting including the man himself. Shows what it means. Smith is clapping in grudging admiration. He has been outshone by this man. That after one of his best innings. Pujara after getting there with a stepping out flick through vacant square leg, pumps his right fist and screams - that's unusual from the very placid individual that he is. And the crowd go bonkers. Big broad smiles from Kohli, Rahane and Nair. The rest of the Indian contingent are on their feet to applaud this effort. And how does Pujara celebrate after that - he keeps patting Saha on the back. The perfect team man! Just a moment for himself and then acknowledges the role played by the diminutive Saha. Just that reaction from Pujara is enough to describe what he is to this Indian team. Priceless! My moment of the match and the series so far!

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to Saha, FOUR, that's excellent batting. No one in the deep behind cover, Saha spots that, backs away and lofts inside-out for four

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to Pujara, out Caught by Maxwell!! End of a marathon. I saw Maxwell and Renshaw come up to shake his hand. He looks disappointed at getting out. After playing 525 balls. This man is unbelievable. Let me tell you that. Went back to flick and the ball stopped on him a tad and he finds short mid-wicket. Easy catch. finally gets a wicket after 75 overs. He must be relieved. Off walks Pujara to the loudest reception that Ranchi can give. And the replays show that Pujara was so aghast at getting out that he slammed his bat into his pad in frustration. Then Maxi walked to offer his hand. End of one of the best Test innings ever. Skill, patience, concentration, mental strength - I could go on and on and on. Just like Pujara. Pujara c Maxwell b 202(525) [4s-21]

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to Jadeja, FOUR, deft from Jadeja. Went back and cut this bouncing delivery, played it late and beat the tired dive of Hazlewood at backward point. Runs away

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to Saha, out Caught by Maxwell!! End of Saha as well. Backed away outside leg and looked to thrash that inside out, hit it well but found extra cover. Maxi won't drop that. Saha walks off to mild applause. But take nothing away from this knock. Complemented Pujara superbly. Given India a chance to press for a win in this game. Saha c Maxwell b 117(233) [4s-8 6s-1]

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to Jadeja, FOUR, beats deep mid-wicket. Down the track and shovelled over mid-wicket. The fielder in the deep can't get there. Great wrists from Jadeja

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to U Yadav, 1 run, heaved away. And mistimed. Big time. Is in no position to play at the shortened length and takes it high on the splice as it balloons inches over the reach of mid-on. Steve O'Keefe worsens his day with his palms outstretched. Just gets his tips on turning

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to Jadeja, FOUR, a polite steer. That's all it was. Very delicate. Waits for the ball to get right close to him and with a hint of width dished out by opens his bat face and angles it out in running it past gully

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to Jadeja, SIX, he's having no more of the appeals. Dances down and decides to take matters into his own hands. Swings through the line and tonks it high into the sky. A skier over the bowler's head

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to Jadeja, no run, they take matters upstairs. For a stumping appeal. Beaten big time in flight is Jadeja with his aimless charge down the track. Misses all ends up but Wade takes ages in whipping off the bails. Or is it the track taking ages in taking the ball to Wade. Nevertheless, what matters is that Jaddu has ample time to dive back and make it in

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to Jadeja, SIX, back to the lofting tonks. Gallops down, gets up, close and personal and hammers his way into the skies. The two men converging in at the fence are mere spectators

4

Cummins to U Yadav, FOUR, width. Very generous. At 133kays of pace too. Half a slap and half a guide as Umesh finds the gap perfectly taking it through the cordon. The wide blank one

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Cummins to U Yadav, FOUR, width again. And the drinks break has given him another message. And Umesh executes that too to perfection. Uses the friendly overcooked length and creams it with a fierce drive

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to U Yadav, out Caught by Warner!! Brilliant from Warner at mid-off. Was carrying low to him and he's done so well to shuffle to his left and get really low, two-handed, to catch this. And coming to Yadav, he just charged out. Was never going to reach the pitch of this ball that dips. Had done well to make some room, so manages to slice this, aiming to place it wide of mid-off. Cannot. U Yadav c Warner b 16(33) [4s-2]

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Cummins to Jadeja, FOUR, now that prettily agricultural. And look at that bat swat! The famous chain-saw celebration as he gets to his 6th Test fifty here. Takes the bat out like a sword, weaves it around and then finds time to punch gloves with Ishant. Had plonked his front foot out of the way here and dragged the ball through mid-wicket. Not too high. Hit flat through the leg-side. An innings that aligns with the perfect batting script: quick, from your all-rounder and when the team's looking to declare. Super

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Cummins to Jadeja, FOUR, India clock past 600 and declare. The line is down leg, Jadeja hops and gets on top, riding the glance to the fine leg fence. Cummins stays one short of 5-for.. but there's another innings coming, no? That's what optimism suggests, reality's different

4

to Renshaw, FOUR, nice early morning workout for Ash. And he loses the race. Look at how fast the outfield is. Too straight from and Renshaw just played a close-batted tuck. Looked good for just two, but it kept gaining pace and beat the jogging offie. First runs of the game and Renshaw is off the mark

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to Renshaw, FOUR, second flick of the day he has played and it is four again. Neatly done. On middle and Renshaw didn't hold back. Hit along the ground and right in the gap

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Yadav to Renshaw, FOR, to the right of Jadeja at backward point and for. On a back of a length and otside off, Renshaw jst opened the bat face and gided it in the gap. Very qick otfield here

4

to Renshaw, FOUR, third boundary for Renshaw against and all on the leg-side. Drifts on the pads and is picked away with a flick. Once it beat the fielder it just raced away

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Yadav to Renshaw, FOR, Warner pats Renshaw on the back. That is a crisp cover drive. mesh has a sorry expression on his face. Bowled a half-volley otside off and dealt with appropriately. Forward and then creamed past cover. Lovely stroke and Warner definitely liked that

4

to Renshaw, FOUR, a mere flick and it has scooted to the fence. Floated up on the pads and Renshaw gets his fourth boundary off the legs. Beating the chasing fielder. He certainly is outscoring Warner

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Yadav to Warner, FOR, is this a mesh lookalike ot there? Looks a far cry from the mesh we saw in the last game. Looks woeflly ot of sorts today. A long half-volley otside off and Warner has timed the pyjamas off that. Crnched that along the grond after getting forward and the cover fielder jst stood there and admired that shot. Brings p 1000 for Warner against India in Tests

4

to Warner, FOUR, thrashed. Wide overpitched delivery outside off, Warner muscles that wide of point. Reached out and opened the bat face a little to get the gap. Bad ball and punished

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to Warner, out Caught&Bowled!! Warner has gone to a full toss. A FULL TOSS! Yes you read that right. Your eyes are still in fine fettle. Right against the run of play a gift from Warner to India. A high full bunger and he has somehow managed to find . Both bowler and batsman must have been surprised. Warner for such a poor delivery that he sliced it and for Warner finding him instead of the roads outside the stadium. Clings on and doesn't even celebrate. Is too shocked to react. Took it near Renshaw who must be having the same reaction as Warner, and the rest. Warner is so disappointed that he flings his bat in the air and then catches it, before trudging off. Certainly missed out. Just as he was looking to arrest his poor run in the series. Warner c and b 19(26) [4s-2]

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to Smith, FOUR, down leg, easy for Smith, who deftly uses the pace and leg-glances it away to the fine leg fence

4

to Renshaw, FOUR, what a beautiful cover drive. The key was to get the placement right and he beat short cover to his right and long-off running across. Thrown up outside off, Renshaw used his tall frame to reach out and time the drive. He continues to impress

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to Smith, FOUR, this is four now. Too full again, on the pads, flicked wide of mid-wicket and once Ashwin started chasing that from mid-on - there was only one winner

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Yadav to Renshaw, ot Caght by Kohli!! This time it carries to first slip. And taken by the Indian captain. Carbon copy of the previos shot and he has gided it straight to slip. What a bad shot. And what a way to get ot after looking a million dollars. Lapse in concentration, went after a wide length ball and gave catching practice to slip. India have got two gift-wrapped wickets. Bt credit to mesh for coming back after an ordinary opening spell. Renshaw c Kohli b Yadav 44(69) [4s-7]

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to Shaun Marsh, out Caught by Pujara!! India go up for a review for a bat pad. Given not out. Looks like an inside edge onto the pad, before being taken by Che at short leg. Huge spike on UltraEdge. Marsh will depart. "Ian, I have got a conclusive spike, that the ball has touched the inside edge of the bat" says the third umpire. So Marsh is done in by the DRS. Wasn't quick to get forward and got an inside edge onto the pad, Che at short leg was quick to react and went with his left-hand to gobble that. Helped that it was lobbing to him. India have their third. Shaun Marsh c Pujara b 2(8)

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to Handscomb, FOUR, Handscomb is off the mark in grand style. Floaty overpitched delivery outside off, driven through cover. Nice extension of the arms and put away

4

Yadav to Smith, FOR, lots of reverse on offer and that has ntmegged Steven Smith before rolling away to the fine leg fence. Tailed in from a fller length and opened Smith p completely, he had no cle, looks to get some bat and it hits the toe-end before racing away

4

Yadav to Smith, FOR, cannot bowl there, not to Steven Smith. A jicy half-volley on the pads and Smith pts it away with ease, throgh mid-wicket, will be for anytime of the day

4

to Smith, FOUR, superb! Excellent hands from Steve Smith, saw the ball pitched in his zone and allows his wrists to do the talking, hits through the line and gets four through cover

4

to Smith, FOUR, that never looked like a boundary. Just a gentle open-bat face tap and the outfield is batsman's friend here, no third man means that's destined to go to the boundary all day long

4

Yadav to Handscomb, FOR, typical Peter Handscomb. That's his favorite stroke. Waits on the back foot and cts a short and wide delivery behind point, excellent hand-eye co-ordination

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Yadav to Smith, 1 rn, "help-me please," the delivery screamed. Sprayed down the leg-side and Smith says thank yo by flicking it backwards of sqare. Fifty p for the skippah, warm applase from the dressing room

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Yadav to Handscomb, ot Lbw!! Lod appeal and the finger is p in a flash, Handscomb doesn't even look back, jst keeps walking towards the dressing room. It was dead. Pacy fll delivery slammed right on the face of the boot, Handscomb's natral ability to play off the back foot didn't come to the resce this time. By the time he got his bat down, the mpire's finger was raised. Blleted and tailed in sharply to hit him in front of middle. That wold have prooted middle and off. Handscomb lbw b Yadav 19(47) [4s-2]

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Yadav to Smith, FOR, mesh Yadav is feeding to Smith's strengths, drifts one on the pads and gets pnished for for

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to Smith, FOUR, treks back a trifle and slays the ball away. The ball speeding behind square of the outer half of the bat and going away into the fence in a jiffy

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to Maxwell, no ball, India have reviewed an LBW call. But hang on, it is an illegal delivery. has overstepped. That was a length ball, kept a tad low, the batsman fell over in his stance and all of that forced the acting skipper to review. India though were unfortunate that it was a no-ball. Even if they had, they would have had it wasted. It was going down, just clipping actually. Wouldn't have helped..

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to Smith, 1 run, 5000 Test runs for Smith! This one has been picked up in an unassuming manner like the rest 4999 runs. Just a meek walk into the drive down to long-off to a flighted delivery. How quickly has he scaled the 5K peak?

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to Smith, FOUR, errs on the fuller side and the batsman is quick to pounce on the drive. Umesh from mid-off gives a valiant try and misses out. The outfield is lightning quick..

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to Smith, FOUR, isn't it dangerous to play the cut shot when the ball is swinging back into you? There's a big chance of an inside edge threatening to break the stumps. India want Smith to play that shot and have left the point region open. Smith being positive, takes that as a scoring opportunity and doesn't bother to play the cut. It's short and had enough width to work with and Smith didn't miss out

4

to Maxwell, FOUR, and what a way to get your first boundary. bowls from round the wicket and lands one full, Maxwell waits for it to come and launches it over mid-on, just bounces inside the rope

4

to Maxwell, FOUR, overpitched and Maxwell plays a lovely cover-drive, didn't try to hit it hard, came forward, drove it nicely along the ground and got the placement right. Moves to 44 now

6

to Maxwell, SIX, and he gets his maiden Test fifty with a trademark Glenn Maxwell hoick across the line over mid-wicket. Good innings from Maxi, he was very calm for most of the innings and upped the ante post tea. dropped it short expecting Maxwell to jump out of the crease, but Maxwell read the bowler's mind, stayed back and pulled it away for a maximum. Century stand comes up with that hit. Gentle celebration from Maxwell. Raises the bat to the dressing room and gets a congratulatory handshake from the skipper

4

Yadav to Maxwell, FOR, Abhinav Mknd has made a sop ot of a simple decision: which side to rn. ltimately rns to the wrong side and allows a bondary at deep mid-wicket. And what a shot this from Maxwell. Shapes for the pll bt the ball doesn't rise. Doesn't have the room to go fll-fledged on the swat bt makeshifts with a swiweling short-arm pll

4

to Maxwell, FOUR, loosener to start. Drops it short for Maxwell to open his stance and pull it behind square leg

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to Smith, no run, it's a dead ball and how! Turns in from outside leg, perhaps takes the inside edge to get caught between Smith's legs, and Saha is trying to get it out. Smith resists.. It's a contest, fellas. AND. NOW. THEY. TUMBLE. TOGETHER. On top of each other. In a real tangle. And Saha's appealing for heaven's sake, showing the ball to the umpire! Ian Gould is in splits. He just needs a reason. Breathes laughing gas, this man

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to Maxwell, SIX, an appeal last ball and here's how Maxwell rubs it in. With a hit straight down the ground. Plonks his front leg slightly away, so as to allow a bat swing. And then doesn't go full throttle. Arrests the followthrough but gets helluva timing. Wow

4

to Smith, FOUR, he likes India. 19th Test hundred for Steven Smith. His second of the series. Plonks his front foot outside leg and shoves a full ball down the ground. Decent enough delivery from, ; there's only so much he can do, especially against a giant that Smith's become. Holds his arms aloft, has his helmet off and soaks in the applause for his slowest ever hundred. What a player!

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to Smith, FOUR, beautifully played. tosses it up and Smith drives with the drift on this. Through covers. Pristine timing, so much so that it sped through despite Jadeja getting a hand to it at cover

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to Smith, FOUR, flighted delivery bowled from round the wicket. Turns but turns away, so Smith coils up and tries to sweep it away. Gets it off the glove and deflects it to the fine leg fence. Well between the fielders

4

to Maxwell, byes, FOUR, can't fathom this angle. From round the wicket for an off-spinner with the ball turning further down leg. Maxwell doesn't even bother. And Saha can't do much. Runs away for byes this. Where's Kohli?

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Yadav to Maxwell, 1 rn, mistimes it wide of mid-on. Goes hard at the drive, the bat face trns. 150-rn stand that's deflated India

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to Maxwell, FOUR, he's not in control of this. Maxwell and Rahul at third man. The batsman drives it off the outside edge first of all and then KL Rahul is lazy in bending and picking it up at third man. And on this outfield, you don't have a chance to recover

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Yadav to Maxwell, FOR, brilliant! On the rise and for. There was width and deep point in place for mesh, bt Maxwell laced that and it sped away. The fielder in the deep had no chance. It went at the rate of knots

4

to Smith, FOUR, no third man and it is four. wears a resigned look. Full and outside off, Smith looks to drive and gets a thick outside edge, but went to ground and wide of the lone slip. Yet another boundary to Smith

4

to Maxwell, FOUR, he is off 87 in an instant. Again a thickish outside edge on the drive. continues to be unlucky, raced away wide of gully and went to the unmanned third man region. He is now into the nervous nineties - unchartered territory for him

4

Yadav to Maxwell, FOR, he tried the same shot in the over and failed. Now gets for. Short otside off, Maxwell dabs in the air bt wide of glly and deep point can't get across rnning to his left. Moves to 98. Jst two away now

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Yadav to Maxwell, FOR, he has done it! Maxi has done it. Shown to the world that he can bat and bat long in Test cricket. Take a bow! His maiden Test hndred. And has come after being recalled into the side. To bat at 6. One of the key slots in the batting order. What an ncharacteristic and typically n-Maxwell like innings. Have Astralia finally fond their nmber 6? They have been looking for a permanent occpant ever since the brilliant Michael Hssey retired. Nmber of folks have come and gone. Is it the time of Maxi now? Certainly has made a strong case after this 100. And look at the reaction. He is roaring in delight. A big scream and then hgs Smith. Kisses the Assie crest on his helmet. Bends down and takes time to compose himself. A moment he will remember for the rest of his life. Gets there with a streaky ct, went after a shortish delivery otside off and slashed hard. Flew throgh glly's hands before the fielder had time to react. Raced away to the third man fence. Maxwell was in the news for all the wrong news recently, spat with Wade, his attempted move to NSW, his selection for this tor etc etc bt he has vindicated the selectors' faith with his 100. Mark Wagh - the selector and the rest of the Assie contingent are p and appreciating this special effort. Fine Test match ton - something the old timers wold be prod of as it had all the attribtes of how an innings shold be constrcted

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to Maxwell, out Caught by Saha!! This time the finger goes up. Maxwell was ready to walk. But Gould raised the finger. Similar delivery to the one that beat Maxwell on 99. This time a feather on the back foot punch. Turned away and Maxwell was done in by the extra bounce as well. Sure nick and India will be relieved to have gotten their first wicket today. They have looked very flat on the field from the morning. End of a career-changing knock from the Victorian. A knock he can be proud of. Maxwell c Saha b 104(185) [4s-9 6s-2]

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to Smith, FOUR, can't bowl there. Full and on the stumps, easy for Smith to flick that, he does so and beats deep square to his left. A wristy bottom-handed shot and Smith continues on his merry ways

4

to Smith, FOUR, comedy. Utter comedy. From Che and Umesh. Both went for the same ball and it escaped both. Just a push from Smith, was a single at best as it went wide of extra cover. Che and Umesh got in the way of each other and almost injured themselves. Both landing on each other and by the time Umesh ran back to retrieve, it slowly trickled away to the fence. Three more gifted runs for Smith. He will be happy to accept it. Rahane is stoic under those dark glasses. Che looks like a schoolboy who has been pulled up for his error

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to Wade, FOUR, lovely shot. Down the track in a flash and flicked wide of mid-on. Eluded short mid-wicket first and the fielder at mid-on didn't dive. Raced away. Wade got to the pitch and then whipped it

4

Yadav to Wade, FOR, short cover and Ash at cover-point didn't move an inch. Long half-volley otside off, Wade thrashed that off the front foot and more importantly fond the gap. Eye-pleasing bondary

4

to Wade, byes, FOUR, that has flicked the back leg, but given as byes. Another one which throws up a puff of dust after the ball landed outside off, beats the forward block, brushes the thigh and eludes Saha. Runs away for four more

4

Yadav to Wade, FOR, look at backward point's reaction. I think it is Vijay. His head went down as he saw the ball rn away throgh glly. Didn't want to go all the way to the third man region to get the ball back. On a length and otside off, with no third man, Wade opened the bat face and gided it away

4

to Wade, FOUR, down the track and flicked over mid-wicket. Got to the pitch and put it away. Against the spin but safe

4

to Wade, FOUR, even is made to look ordinary now. Use of the feet by Wade and takes it on the full, flicks it past square leg and it scooted away. Good batting

4

to Wade, FOUR, Wade trying to make a statement here. He has been busy sweeping and this one's the best of the lot, knelt down and belted it powerfully, raced away

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to Wade, out Caught by Saha!! That's the softest of edges you'll ever see. Just a smidge of a feather. continues to have an impressive day on the field. Wade was lunging forward to a delivery that he probably shouldn't have. Not all that full, not too short either. Jaddu hit the good length area and aired it up nicely to draw Wade forward, the ball doesn't spin, just straightens and takes the tiniest of edges en route to Saha. Wade c Saha b 37(50) [4s-6]

W

to Pat Cummins, out Bowled!! Cannot give a sniff. This is what he can do. Umpteenth four-fer for him. Pitches in line with middle and hits the top of off. How do you play that? Too good a delivery for Pat Cummins who was playing only his second Test in 6 years. He was pressing forward in a hope to lay bat on ball. The skill and spin of defeated Cummins there. Past the edge and the bails fly high, much to Jaddu's delight. Pat Cummins b 0(2)

OT

to Smith, 1 run, reaches 150 with a single to deep backward point. Good round of applause from the dressing room

4

to O'Keefe, FOUR, edged and this time it's over Rahane at slip. A wild slash outside off against a short and wide delivery, it bulleted over Rahane's head even before he could react. seems a bit frustrated and rightly so. Handy runs these for Australia

4

to Smith, FOUR, full and Smith whips it away ala VVS, sees the ball like a hawk and finds the gap behind square, sweetly timed

4

to O'Keefe, FOUR, S-H-O-T! Overspinner from and O'Keefe has picked the bones out of that, hits through the line and just extends his arms on the loft, goes all the way into the long-on fence

4

to O'Keefe, FOUR, edged and four! This one grips and tweaks sharply with good bounce, O'Keefe was forced to hop back and in the process he flirted with the delivery, so tentative while doing. The ball catches the edge and skims past the off-stump, Saha can't get behind it either

4

to O'Keefe, FOUR, his eyes lit up on seeing the length and the next thing he saw was the ball hurrying past backward point, so much width and he threw his hands

4

Yadav to O'Keefe, FOR, lands it short and gets spanked this time. O'Keefe had so mch time on the back foot, he picks his spot and bllies the ball to the deep backward sqare fence

W

Yadav to O'Keefe, ot Caght by Vijay!! Short ball has done the trick, well-directed and the top-edge flies straight down the throat of Mrali Vijay at fine leg. The key to this dismissal was the line - arond middle and leg - O'Keefe had no option bt to have a go, went for the pll, bt Yadav's pace meant he cold only time it as far as fine leg. Will we see a change in Smith's approach now? O'Keefe c Vijay b Yadav 25(71) [4s-5]

W

to Lyon, out Caught by Nair!! Fifer Jaddu. That's catching practice for Karun Nair at silly point. Aired up nicely and succeeded in drawing Nathan Lyon forward, he might have taken it too casually there. The ball didn't do much off the track, but the time it hung in the air definitely fooled the Australian offie, leant forward and chipped a straight forward catch to the close-in fielder. Lyon c Nair b 1(6)

W

to Smith, out Hazlewood Run Out!! 1 run completed. A very smart back-flick from . He's caught Hazlewood short. Australia bowled out for 451. Smith was on the lookout for two after squeezing a full ball through square leg; but Rahul is quick to get to the ball from short fine. is standing in front of the stumps and is aware of his positioning. Some nifty work there from him to catch Hazlewood a few inches short. Hazlewood run out (Rahul/) 0(2)