India vs Australia 3rd Test ends in a draw: Match highlights, video, scorecard

Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb's monumental effort helps Australia draw third Test, series remains tied 1-1.

By: Express Web Desk | Ranchi | Updated: March 21, 2017 4:20:57 pm
India managed to pick only six Australian wickets. (Source: Reuters)

Australia became the first team since 2010-11 to save a Test match in India after trailing in the first innings against India. Peter Handscomb played 200 balls for his unbeaten 72 and Shaun Marsh played 197 for his half-century to help India draw the match. Australia resumed the day at 23 for 2 and India managed to pick two wickets in the first session. But Marsh and Handscomb did not give away their wicket until the final half-hour of the day when Marsh was dismissed. The series remained tied at 1-1 with the final Test to be played in Dharamsala from March 24

India vs Australia 3rd Test Day 5

1623 hrs IST: Finally! Virat Kohli shakes hands with Peter Handscomb and that is the end of the Test match. Australia pull off an exceptional effort to draw this match. Series remains tied 1-1

1619 hrs IST: No declaration from Steve Smith. No call from Virat Kohli either. Play goes on and Australia’s lead are past 50. Jadeja to continue

1610 hrs IST: There should be no trouble for Australia now! Excellent innings from Handscomb to help his team draw this match and not to forget the contribution of Shaun Marsh

1605 hrs IST: WICKET! Ashwin has Maxwell caught at silly point! India pick the six Australian wicket. But hope for a result is very low

1600 hrs IST: Australia lead by 36 runs with five wickets in hand. 32 minutes remaining in the day’s play. Doesn’t look like a result is possible in this match

1553 hrs IST: WICKET! Shaun Marsh is caught at short leg! Is there a twist in the tale? Jadeja gets the wicket. Glenn Maxwell is the new man in

1550 hrs IST: Is it time for Australia and India to shake hands? The Ranchi Test is heading for a draw and this will be a great result for Australia

1530 hrs IST: Shaun Marsh gets to his fifty. He came down the wicket to drive it to mid-on. Four runs for him and Australia move on to 180 for the loss of four wickets

1527 hrs IST: Australia’s lead now 23 runs. Shaun Marsh now on 48, two runs away from what has to be the most dogged half century he must have ever scored in his career.

1506 hrs IST: India still unable to go through Marsh and Handscomb. Another maiden from Jadeja.

1502 hrs IST: Australia’s lead is now 18. Handscomb hit a rare boundary off Jadeja and those were the only runs that came off that over. Marsh four runs away from his 50.

1452 hrs IST: Handscomb gets a boundary and brings up a well-fought fifty under pressure, and the hundred run Handscomb-Marsh partnership also comes up

1450 hrs IST: India now need a special effort to first bowl out Australia and then chase whatever total they set. Not much time remaining in the match now. We are about one hour and thirty minutes from stumps

1446 hrs IST: Tucked on the leg side and Australia take the lead in the second innings. Four runs for Marsh. India have to bat again, if it happens

1445 hrs IST: Scores are level in Ranchi! Australia are 152 for the loss of four wickets and they are all set to take the lead in the second innings. Umesh to Marsh now

1440 hrs IST: Couple of good over from India after Tea. Australia are 150 for the loss of four wickets. Only 2 runs in deficit now

1438 hrs IST: Local boy MS Dhoni is in the house. Loud cheer

1435 hrs IST: Review! India ask for a review after Umesh Yadav hits Handscomb on the pads. Handscomb is saved by an umpire’s call on hitting the stumps. Australia still four wickets down

1433 hrs IST: A brilliant over from Ashwin with a lot of difficulties for the bestman. Marsh somehow survives it. Umesh to bowl from the other end

1430 hrs IST: Final session underway in Ranchi. Ashwin to bowl with Shaun Marsh on strike. Australia resume at 149 for the loss of 4 wickets and 3 runs behind

1410 hrs IST: What a session for Australia. 66 runs scored and they move on to 149 for the loss of four wickets. No wickets lost in that second session. Australia trail by just three more runs

1407 hrs IST: Final over before Tea and it will be bowled by Ravindra Jadeja. Australia are 146 for the loss of four wickets and trail by 6 runs

1403 hrs IST: Australia are 145 for the loss of four wickets. What an exceptional effort from Handscomb and Marsh. 82 runs added so far

1354 hrs IST: Jadeja and Ashwin once again bowling in tandem but there is no success for them as well. Australia are comfortable and India are looking frustrated

1344 hrs IST: 61 overs bowled and Australia are 134 for the loss of four wickets. The deficit is only 18 runs. Marsh and Handscomb have done a fabulous job to keep India at bay

1336 hrs IST: Jadeja to continue after Ishant Sharma’s over. Marsh and Handscomb into the 30s now. Australia bringing down the deficit with ease

1330 hrs IST: After that expensive over, Ashwin has been taken out of the attack. Ishant Sharma back into the attack with his pace bowling. Can India get a wicket here?

1327 hrs IST: 4 1 1 4 0 4 -Ashwin goes for 14 in one over. Australia trail by 21 more runs. Jadeja to continue for India.

1323 hrs IST: So runs are flowing for Australia now! Handscomb and Marsh using their feet to score the runs against Indian spinners. Australia trail by just 31 more runs now

1316 hrs IST: Only one run from Jadeja over after drinks. He is bowling at an economy rate of below 1 run per over. Ashwin to begin from the other end

1310 hrs IST: Drinks called in Ranchi! An hour after Lunch and Australia haven’t lost a wicket so far. They are still 108 for the loss of four wickets and 44 runs behind India

1305 hrs IST: Handscomb and Marsh are slowly loosening up! They are playing their shots with ease now. Jadeja and Ashwin bowling in tandem for India

1258 hrs IST: So for the first time, Ashwin and Jadeja bowling tandem. Ashwin has a change of ends. Australia trail by only 46 runs. Marsh and Handscomb out in the middle

1255 hrs IST: So Jadeja is back into the attack. He replaces Ashwin from the other end. Australia are 106 for the loss of four wickets. Jadeja has three wickets already

1251 hrs IST: Review! Kohli has asked for a review after Shaun Marsh leaves a ball alone. It hit his pad on the way. Oh! It is pitching outside leg-stump so not out. Kohli is laughing at his mistake. India lose a review

1248 hrs IST: Maiden over from Ashwin! Australia are 105 for 4 and only 46 runs behind India now. This is good partnership for Australia which can get them past India’s lead

1244 hrs IST: Some tough bowling from Umesh! Short deliveries, wide deliveries but no success. Australia still 4 down. Marsh has played exceptionally well

1239 hrs IST: 100 up for Australia as Shaun Marsh dances down the pitch and pushes it past the mid-on fielder for four! Australia now trauil by only 51 runs

1229 hrs IST: Shaun Marsh with an exceptional straight drive for four! Umesh Yadav was looking for a yorker but pitches it full. Australia move on to 96 for the loss of four wickets

1224 hrs IST: Was that a drop chance. Handscomb gets and edge but Karun Nair fails to grab it at the short-leg position. Went straight to him

1218 hrs IST: Australia have now moved on to 90 for the loss of four wickets. They are still 61 runs behind India. Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb at the crease

1215 hrs IST: A decent start from Umesh after Lunch. India will like to continue with pace and spin from the ends. It will be Ashwin from the other end

1210 hrs IST: Players are back in the middle for the second session in Ranchi! Handscomb will be on strike and it will be Umesh Yadav who will begin the session with the ball

What can Australia do to save the match? India have to bowl with Ashwin now. We can expect a long spell from Ashwin and Umesh Yadav as well after Lunch

Australia have six wickets in hand and two sessions to survive! Can they do it or will Indian bowlers pick the remaining wickets?

1130 hrs IST: Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb survive the final over before Lunch by Jadeja. Australia are 83 for the loss of four wickets at Lunch and still 69 runs behind India

1125 hrs IST: Ashwin to bowl, finally! He has few close calls but the batsman survives. Marsh and Handscomb have 5 minutes to survive before Lunch

1121 hrs IST: Jadeja to bowl again. Australia need to rebuild again. Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb are the two batsmen at the crease for them

1115 hrs IST: Virat Kohli still going on with Ishant and Jadeja. Australia are 66 for the loss of four wickets with 15 minutes to go for Lunch. Ishant again

1105 hrs IST: Wicket-maiden over from Jadeja! Australia are four down with only 63 runs on board. They are still 89 runs behind India’s lead

1100 hrs IST: WICKET! One gets two! Steve Smith shoulders his arms to a Ravindra Jadeja wicket and that uproots his off-stump. Australia lose their captain and fourth wicket

1056 hrs IST: WICKET! Ishant Sharma has the last laugh as he gets Renshaw leg-before. India finally strike on day five. Australia three down. If you missed it, catch the highlights of Ishant’s celebrations 

1051 hrs IST: Ishant Sharma was all set to bowl when Matt Renshaw moves away. Ishant throws the ball to the keeper. Few words exchanged between the fieders

1048 hrs IST: Ravindra Jadeja again! He has two wickets from day four but none today! Australia have begun well. Smith on strike. Can Jadeja provide the breakthrough?

1043 hrs IST: Jadeja finishes another over and Kohli continues with Ishant Sharma. Is India missing a trick by not bowling Ashwin? Anyway, Ishant here

1039 hrs IST: Steve Smith outscores Matt Renshaw. A magnificent on-drive from the Australian captain for four! Just batting to his strengths. Top innings so far

1034 hrs IST: Ishant Sharma will continue after drinks. No Ashwin yet. India have bowled 16.4 overs this morning. No wickets

1030 hrs IST: Drinks in Ranchi! The first hour belongs to Australia as they did not lose any wickets. They are 48 for the loss of 2 wickets.

1021 hrs IST: Virat Kohli is back on the field. India still continuing with Ishant Sharma. Australia are 45 for the loss of two wickets and 107 runs still behind India

1018 hrs IST: Jadeja continues for India. Virat Kohli has left the field and Ajinkya Rahane will be standing in for him. Australia still to lose wicket on day five

1010 hrs IST: A top over from Jadeja. But no success again! Few inside edges off Renshaw’s bat. Ishant Sharma has the ball in hand now. He is replacing Umesh

1004 hrs IST: A typical Jadeja over for India. Quick and some balls troubling the batsmen. But no success. Australia move on to 38 for the loss of two wickets.

1000 hrs IST: India still presisting with Umesh and Jadeja. Renshaw has shown great footwork to avoaid any kind of trouble from the bowlers

0948 hrs IST: A watchful start from Australia on the fifth day. Batsmen leaving everything outside off stumps. Renshsaw and Smith on the duty

0942 hrs IST: India continuing with pace from one end and spin from the other. Jadeja and Umesh bowling in tandem. Steve Smith and Matt Renshaw are the two batsmen at the crease

0935 hrs IST: The man in form Steve Smith drives one through covers and gets a four. Clearly he is the man for Australia. He has had a fabulous series. Australia are 30 for 2

0931 hrs IST: Jadeja finishes the remaining four deliveries of the over. Single run from the over. Australia are 24 for the loss of two wickets. Umesh Yadav will be bowling the next over

0928 hrs IST: India have made their way to the middle. Matt Renshaw and Steve Smith also out in the middle. Ravindra Jadeja will be finishing his over. All set now

0923 hrs IST: The tensions in this series have been on the high. The mocking of Virat Kohli’s shoulder has been the point of discussion in this match. Bharat Sundaresan explains more here

0915 hrs IST: On day four, Pujara and Saha shared a fabulous partnership which gave India the lead against Australia. Sandip G is in Ranchi and he wrote about Pujara here and Saha here

0910 hrs IST: Australia once again will be pinning their hopes on the captain Steve Smith. He has scored six centuries against India in seven Test matches

0905 hrs IST: Pitch report “Minefield”. That is how Ravi Shastri describes the pitch. The pitch will be a difficult one to bat. Spinners will be the crucial figures. Brett Lee says “Pacers can get a couple of leg-befores into play”

0850 hrs IST: A fifth day which will be a crucial one in this series. First time a Test between India and Australia in this series has gone to the fifth day. India lead by 129 runs and Australia have eight wickets in hand

Playing XIs

India: Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, Wriddhiman Saha, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma

Australia: David Warner, Matt Renshaw, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, Steve O’Keefe, Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood

India vs Australia 3rd Test, Day 4: Reactions

Wriddhiman Saha: “This is the best among the three I have. We badly needed partnership.” (Read what he had to say)

Darren Lehmann: “Going to have to come up with a plan to combat Jadeja but we’ve worked on that and you’ll probably see it tomorrow I would think” (Read what he had to say)

India vs Australia 3rd Test Day 5 Preview at Ranchi: With the match in India grip, it will be a challenge for Australia to survive the fifth day in Ranchi. They are still 129 runs behind India’s lead of 152 runs with eight wickets in hand but Ravindra Jadeja is firing in. He has already picked up the two wickets. But Australia are also with top quality batsmen still to come. Day five promises to be a top quality action of Test cricket.

India vs Australia 3rd Test, Match Umpires

Ground Umpires: Chris Gaffaney and Ian Gould
Third Umpire: Nigel Llong
Match Referee: Sir Richie Richardson

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