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India vs Australia Live Score and Commentary, India v Australia Test Series 2017

Australia 451/10 & 204/6 (100.0 ov) Run rate 2.04
India 603/9
Refresh Match Drawn
Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Matthew Wade 9 16 2 0 56.25
Peter Handscomb 72 200 7 0 36
Bowler O M R W Econ
Ravichandran Ashwin 30 10 71 1 2.37
Ravindra Jadeja 44 18 54 4 1.23
Recent overs . 4 . . . . . . . 4 . .

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 09:04 | Published: Mar 15, 2017 06:00

India vs Australia Live Score and Commentary

Not very many Tests get to the final day these days and therefore, it was heartening to see this one go the full distance with all possible results still possible at the beginning of the day.

The series is still alive and there's everything to play for in the final Test.

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Goodbye!
Virat Kohli keeps a stern face during his interview.
"We got ourselves into a good position. We came back beautifully into the game. Pujara's knock was unbelievable. We thought we could come in and push some pressure but they came back and batted beautifully."

"Guys just want to push the limits. That's why we ended up with a winning position in this game."

On Pujara, Kohli had words of praise and nothing else. "He is someone who takes a lot of pride in his performances. He doesn't mind granting for his runs. This was probably the best innings i've seen him play"

Speaking of Saha, Kohli said he's one of the nice guys around. "He did it in West Indies and then in Kolkata. He really stood out and did the job. He's such a wonderful guy, he'll aways smiling. I am happy for him"

Interestingly, when quizzed about the wicket, Kohli had no complaints. Instead, he spoke of the ball offered. "I don't think the ball was hard. It had nothing to do with the wicket. When you don't have the hardness of the ball, they're not much the guys can do. Conditions always don't go your way. Credit to them."

On Jadeja - "I haven't seen anyone bowl so economically. Credit to him."

Cheteshwar Pujara is adjudged the Man of the Match.

This was his fourth hundred of the season. 

Pujara spoke about his frame of mind during his long partnership with Saha. 
"We wanted a long partnership to get to their total. Once I was in, I knew I had to bat long to meet their total."

He is asked about being tempted into playing a big shot during his innings - "I do get tempted but you have to take a look at the biggest picture. I had to restrict myself but I had to rotate the strike and hit those balls that are really loose."

"I don't need motivation when playing Test cricket for India. We are the number 1 team in the world and we want to keep it that way," he added.
Steve Smith was obviously pleased with his team's effort.
"It's been a pretty good Test match. Proud of the boys for sticking it out. I thought the way Handscomb and Marsh played was fantastic. They didn't look like getting out for a while. I thought they played beautifully."

On his hundred:
"It was a pretty nice wicket. Nice to be amongst the runs and hopefullly I can get a few more in the next one as well."

About the next Test: 
"Can't wait to get out there and play now".
There was plenty of talk going into this Test about the nature of the pitch but as the game progressed it became quite clear that there was plenty in this one for the batsmen. 

After Australia's first-innings effort of 451, India's task was cut out. They had to respond and they did so in fine fashion. At 320/5, Australia had them in a spot of bother. It was then that Pujara and Saha decided to take matters into their own hands.

Their mammoth partnership will be remembered for a long time. Also, it set up the game for the hosts as they went for the kill on the final day. But Australia yet again stepped up to show one and all that they're no pushovers this time around. 

The presentation commences...
Handscomb - "I've always loved playing spin from a young age. It's nice to bring those skills against the world's best in these conditions."
Shaun Marsh - "It was a challenging day. To get the result that we wanted was a fantastic result."


It was a day when India perhaps felt the absence of a fifth bowler. R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja bowled for large portions of the final day. 

Regardless of what was hurled at them, Marsh and Handscomb were resolute in their approach.
India threw everything at Australia on the final day but the pitch played true. 

The tourists will be indebted to the Handscomb-Marsh partnership who held fort for the major portion of the afternoon while denying the visibly frustrated Indians.  
Australia holds on for a Draw!

They finish on 204/6.

Peter Handscomb's rock-sold effort of 72 from 200 balls ensured that Australia will go to the final Test with everything to play for. 
OVER
100
Runs Scored: 4
Bowler: Ravindra Jadeja
Score after 100 overs: 204/6(rr 2.04)
Over Summary: . 4 . . . .
99.6 Ravindra Jadeja to Peter Handscomb. Stock length ball, down leg side on the front foot defending, to mid wicket for no runs, fielded by Pujara.
99.5 Ravindra Jadeja to Peter Handscomb. Stock length ball, down leg side on the front foot, padded to short leg for no runs, fielded by Nair.
99.4 Ravindra Jadeja to Peter Handscomb. Stock length ball, down leg side on the front foot defending, to silly point for no runs, fielded by Vijay.
99.3 Ravindra Jadeja to Peter Handscomb. Stock ball back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot pushing, to deep cover for no runs, fielded by Rahul.
99.2 FOUR! Ravindra Jadeja to Peter Handscomb. Quicker ball back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot driving, well timed past deep cover for 4 runs.
99.1 Ravindra Jadeja to Peter Handscomb. Stock length ball, off stump on the front foot defending, to cover for no runs, fielded by Pujara.
OVER
99
Runs Scored: 4
Bowler: Ravichandran Ashwin
Score after 99 overs: 200/6(rr 2.02)
Over Summary: . . . 4 . .
98.6 Ravichandran Ashwin to Matthew Wade. Off break back of a length, middle stump on the back foot defending, back to bowler for no runs, fielded by Ashwin.
98.5 Ravichandran Ashwin to Matthew Wade. Off break length ball, outside off stump on the front foot pushing, to cover for no runs, fielded by Jadeja.
98.4 FOUR! Ravichandran Ashwin to Matthew Wade. Off break half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed past deep cover for 4 runs. Ashwin overpitches and Wade won't miss out, spanking it away to the cover fence.
98.3 Ravichandran Ashwin to Matthew Wade. Off break length ball, middle stump no foot movement defending, back to bowler for no runs, fielded by Ashwin.
98.2 Ravichandran Ashwin to Matthew Wade. Off break length ball, to leg on the front foot defending, to silly mid off for no runs, fielded by Nair.
98.1 Ravichandran Ashwin to Matthew Wade. Off break length ball, off stump on the front foot defending, back to bowler for no runs, fielded by Ashwin.
OVER
98
Runs Scored: 0
Bowler: Ravindra Jadeja
Score after 98 overs: 196/6(rr 2.00)
Over Summary: . . . . . .
97.6 Ravindra Jadeja to Peter Handscomb. Stock length ball, off stump on the front foot defending, back to bowler for no runs, fielded by Jadeja.
97.5 Ravindra Jadeja to Peter Handscomb. Stock ball back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot driving, to deep cover for no runs, fielded by Yadav.
97.4 Ravindra Jadeja to Peter Handscomb. Stock ball half volley, off stump on the front foot defending, back to bowler for no runs, fielded by Jadeja.
97.3 Ravindra Jadeja to Peter Handscomb. Stock length ball, off stump on the front foot defending, to silly point for no runs, fielded by Vijay.
97.2 Ravindra Jadeja to Peter Handscomb. Stock ball half volley, middle stump on the front foot defending, to extra cover for no runs, fielded by Sharma.
97.1 Ravindra Jadeja to Peter Handscomb. Stock ball half volley, outside off stump on the front foot defending, to silly point for no runs, fielded by Nair.
Venue: JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi
Match Start Time: Thursday, March 16, 2017, 09:30 AM IST
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