Australia force draw in third test against India

Cheteshwar Pujara said yesterday the spinners should win the third Test for India after his double century and a marathon partnership with centurion Wriddhiman Saha put the hosts on top against Australia. India gave themselves eight overs to put Australia to bat after which the tourists scored 23 runs for the loss of David Warner and night watchman Nathan Lyon's wickets.

Saha, who hit seven fours and a six, soon followed his overnight partner after falling to left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe. India had suddenly got momentum and Jadeja rode it to dismiss Smith first ball of the next over.

Standing umpires Ian Gould and Chris Gaffney spoke to Kohli and Jadeja after the wicket but it's unlikely the Indian pair will be reprimanded given what happened during the second Test in Bengaluru, where no player was sanctioned despite several heated exchanges between the two sides. Saha also joined in the run-fest, completing his third Test ton.

Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha were the star performers for India. Saha also got a reprieve on 51 when Australia wicketkeeper Matthew Wade spilled an edge.

Earlier, Australia went wicket-less in the first two sessions of the day.

Jadeja came in at number nine and played a useful cameo, putting on 54 for the ninth wicket with Umesh Yadav (16).

Ahead of their tour of the West Indies in 2016, India's management made a decision to promote R Ashwin and bat him above their wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha. Australia need these two to add a decent stand for the third wicket.

He faced 525 deliveries - most by any Indian batsman in an innings surpassing Rahul Dravid's Indian record of 495 balls against Pakistan at Rawalpindi back in 2004. Besides, there is always the example of Jadeja, a left-hander, who scored a run a ball 50 and coped just fine with that exact same rough. Jadeja then claimed the first innings centurion Smith in the first ball of next over as India were back on their toes with a familiar script unfolding in their bid to take a 2-1 lead to reclaim the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. His footwork against Lyon and Steve O'Keefe was exemplary.

Another feature of the partnership was Saha's handling of the short ball, particularly against the hostile pace of Pat Cummins.

Then there's Glenn Maxwell, fresh from the innings of his life with a maiden Test ton that didn't include one reverse sweep, nor a ramp. "Definitely run scoring was hard, they too bowled on very good areas", said Vijay.



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