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India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 4 Highlights: Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja put IND on top

Ravindra Jadeja took both wickets as Australia were 23/2 at stumps on Day 4 after India declared their 1st innings on 603/9 in the Ranchi Test. Cheteshwar Pujara scored a double hundred and Wriddhiman Saha scored his third Test century to take the hosts to a commendable total. Catch Day 4 highlights of India vs Australia here.

cricket Updated: Mar 19, 2017 17:21 IST
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Wriddhiman Saha and Cheteshwar Pujara in action during India vs Australia Test in Ranchi. Catch Day 4 highlights of India vs Australia here.
Wriddhiman Saha and Cheteshwar Pujara in action during India vs Australia Test in Ranchi. Catch Day 4 highlights of India vs Australia here.(PTI)

Ravindra Jadeja claimed two wickets as Australia finished Day 4 on 23/2 in their second innings of the third Test match against India in Ranchi. The visitors trail by 129 runs. Earlier, Cheteshwar Pujara slammed the third double ton of his Test career as India declared their first innings on 603/9 to take a lead of 152 runs. Wriddhiman Saha provided able support to Pujara and in the process, scored his 3rd Test century while Ravindra Jadeja made a quick-fire fifty to guide his team to a commendable total. Catch Day 4 highlights of India vs Australia here. (SCORECARD)

16:59 hrs IST: It was a great day for India as their batsmen performed brilliantly and Jadeja’s double strike have turned the match completely in their favour.

16:55 hrs IST: “I have the experience of scoring big runs in domestic cricket,” says Cheteshwar Pujara. “The experience matters a lot. You look at the bigger picture. When I was batting, I thought we just wanted to get close to their total somehow. I had to restrict myself at times I could have played more shots, but I had to control myself. Didn’t want to lose my wicket. We communicate with each other. We have played a lot of cricket together. We know each other really well, even off the field. We spend a lot of time together so the understanding is there. I am very confident our spinners will bowl really well. There is rough, there are cracks...”

16:49 hrs IST: “We decided to get in and hit once we get loose balls,” says Wriddhiman Saha. “The plan was to wait for the full ball from seamers and leave shorter balls. Against spin, I sued fee to to rotate the strike. Day by day the ball has turned more and more. We are hoping it turns more on day five. The way Puji batted, I felt sorry for the opposition. It didn’t seem like he will get out.”

16:45 hrs IST: India will really like their chances of winning this game after the two quick wickets by Ravindra Jadeja.

16:38 hrs IST: That’s stumps on Day 4. Australia are 23 for the loss of 2 wickets as they trail by 129 runs.

16:36 hrs IST: OUT! Jadeja takes another one as Lyon departs!

16:33 hrs IST: There seems to be another controversy as Virat celebrated Warner’s wicket by holding his shoulder. AUS 23/1

16:30 hrs IST: Nathan Lyon is the new batsman for Australia. AUS 17/1

16:29 hrs IST: It was a turner from Jadeja and Warner missed the line completely! AUS 17/1

16:28 hrs IST: OUT! It’s a huge wicket for India as David Warner is bowled for 14.

India's Ravindra Jadeja celebrates after dismissing Australia's Nathan Lyon. (REUTERS)

16:23 hrs IST: 4 overs gone. Australia are 16 for no loss.

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16:18 hrs IST: 2 overs gone. Australia are 12 for no loss.

16:14 hrs IST: Another four for David Warner! AUS 8/0

16:13 hrs IST: David Warner opens his account with a boundary. AUS 4/0

16:10 hrs IST: Ravichandran Ashwin to start the bowling for India.

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16:03 hrs IST: India have declared their first innings on 603/9. Catch Day 4 live cricket score of India vs Australia here.

15:59 hrs IST: Fifty for Ravindra Jadeja! The left-hander brings up his 6th Test half century. IND 599/9

15:55 hrs IST: OUT! Umesh Yadav goes for a big one but is caught by David Warner.

15:51 hrs IST: Another boundary for Umesh Yadav! The 50-run partnership between Umesh Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja. IND 595/8

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15:47 hrs IST: Another six for Jadeja as he moves on to 46! IND 586/8

15:45 hrs IST: A close stumping call, but Jadeja was back safely. IND 580/8

15:42 hrs IST: SIX! A huge hit from Jadeja down the ground. IND 577/8

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15:38 hrs IST: Ravindra Jadeja has played a crucial innings in this match as his quickfire 31 can prove to be the game changer. IND 571/8

15:33 hrs IST: India are 566 for the loss of 8 wickets. Catch Day 4 live cricket score of India vs Australia here.

15:25 hrs IST: It was the seventh centuriy for Pujara in this first-class season, the joint 2nd-most in an Indian first class season. Laxman (8) made the most whereas Pataudi & Gavaskar also made 7.

15:18 hrs IST: Ravindra Jadeja has already rushed to 20 with three boundaries under his belt. IND 556/8

15:14 hrs IST:  The lead is now 100 runs. India are 551 for the loss of 8 wickets.

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15:10 hrs IST: A tough chance for O’Keefe, but the ball just slipped out of his hand! IND 551/8

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15:06 hrs IST: Boundary for Jadeja as the team total moves towards 550! IND 547/8

15:04 hrs IST: Saha again went for an aerial shot and it was an easy catch for Maxwell. IND 546/8

15:03 hrs IST: OUT! India lose their second set batsman as Steve O’Keefe dismisses him for 117.

15:01 hrs IST: First boundary for Jadeja as India reaches 541 for the loss of 7 wickets.

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14:59 hrs IST: The 199-run partnership between Pujara and Saha was the highest by an Indian pair against Australia for the 7th wicket. IND 537/7

14:57 hrs IST: Ravindra Jadeja is the new batsman for the hosts. IND 535/7

14:53 hrs IST: It was a loose shot from Pujara and Maxwell made no mistake to dismiss him for 202. IND 528/7

14:51 hrs IST: OUT! That’s the end of Pujara’s mammoth innings as he is caught off the bowling of Nathan Lyon.

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Cheteshwar Pujara celebrates his double century. (REUTERS)

14:48 hrs IST: This was a truly special innings from Pujara and the milestone came in 521 balls. IND 521/6

14:45 hrs:

14:44 hrs: This is it! Cheteshwar Pujara brings up his third Test double century!

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14:40 hrs IST: Saha goes for the big one, but a good save from Matt Renshaw saved a sure-shot boundary. IND 518/6

14:36 hrs IST: FOUR! Pujara inches closer to a memorable double ton! IND 510/6

14:32 hrs IST:Wriddhiman Saha reached his third Test ton . He flicks Glenn Maxwell towards square-leg to take a single and reach the triple figures.

14:31 hrs IST: We are back after tea!

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14:18 hrs IST: It must be excruciating for Saha as he is currently on 99*!

14:14 hrs IST: It’s tea on Day 4 of the Test match. India are 503 for the loss of 6 wickets.

14:11 hrs IST: Wriddhhiman Saha takes a single to move up to 99. This will surely be a special century for the Kolkata batsman. IND 503/6

14:07 hrs IST: The lead reaches 50 runs as 500 comes up for India.

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14:03 hrs IST: A cracking shot by Wriddhiman Saha and he moves on to 96! IND 499/6

14:01 hrs IST: It is the longest innings by any Indian batsman! Cheteshwar Pujara has now faced 497 runs.

13:55 hrs IST: With 15 minutes left before tea, it’s a race between Cheteshwar Pujara’s 200 and Wriddhiman Saha’s 100! IND 490/6

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13:47 hrs IST: 182 overs gone. India are 486 for the loss of 6 wickets.

13:41 hrs IST: Another review goes down the drain for Australia. The ball did not hit anything on its way to the keeper and Australia have no reviews left. IND 481/6

13:35 hrs IST: The lead is 29 already and the way that both the batters have played, India can be confident of a substantial first-innings lead. IND 480/6

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13:31 hrs IST: THe 150-run partnership comes up for Wriddhiman Saha and Cheteshwar Pujara. IND 478/6

13:26 hrs IST: It has been a resilient knock by Pujara and his partnership with Saha is clearly the best performance by a pair in this series. IND 477/6

13:19 hrs IST: The floodlights are still lit in Ranchi as the overcast conditions continue. IND 472/6

13:12 hrs IST: Cheteshwar Pujara’s innings (472 balls) is the fourth longest by any Indian cricketer in Test matches. IND 471/6

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13:07 hrs IST: A wayward delivery from Hazlewood and it is dispatched for a four by Pujara. IND 471/6

13:04 hrs IST: O’Keefe has been quite expensive in this innings as he has already conceded 150 runs. IND 467/6

12:57 hrs IST: Wriddhiman Saha is showing a lot of intent and he moves on to 73. IND 465/6

12:54 hrs IST: 170 overs gone. India are 460 for the loss of 6 wickets.

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12:45 hrs IST: Both the batters are quite cautious in their approach and the runs are quite scarce in this session. IND 457/6

12:37 hrs IST: India have taken the lead against Australia. IND 454/6

12:33 hrs IST: Scores are level!

12:28 hrs IST: That’s 450 for India with both batsmen looking quite comfortable out in the middle.

12:23 hrs IST: Consecutive boundaries for India as the hosts are just 3 runs behind Australia’s first innings total. IND 448/6

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12:19 hrs IST: This is Cheteshwar Pujara’s innings is the first time that the batsman has lasted over 400 balls.

12:13 hrs IST: A soft touch by Wriddhiman Saha and the ball rushes to the boundary. IND 440/6

12:11 hrs IST: Pat Cummins to bowl the first over of the session. IND 435/6

12:10 hrs IST: The second session is underway!

11:55 hrs IST: 

11:44 hrs IST: Cheteshwar Pujara will be chasing his 3rd Test double hundred when the match resumes. IND 435/6

11:32 hrs IST: It was a good session for India as they did not lose any wicket and Australia lead is cut down to just 16 runs.

11:30 hrs IST: It’s lunch on Day 4 and India are 435 for the loss of 6 wickets.

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11:28 hrs IST: Australia have now wasted another review as they appeal for a caught behind, but the replay shows that there was no contact. IND 435/6

11:25 hrs IST: 160 overs gone. India are 433 for the loss of 6 wickets.

11:18 hrs IST: The 100-run stand comes up for Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha. IND 428/6

11:12 hrs IST: The misery continues as Matthew Wade drops Saha for 51. It was a tough chance but the keeper was unable to hold on to the ball. IND 423/6

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11:08 hrs IST: Ravindra Jadeja has to wait for his chance as India get another review right! The umpire gave Pujara out, but the review showed that the ball was missing the leg stump. IND 421/6

11:06 hrs IST: This was Wriddhiman’s fifth half century in his Test career. IND 419/6

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11:04 hrs IST: That’s the fifty for Wriddhiman Saha! He has provided good support to Pujara during this innings,

11:01 hrs IST: It has been a good session for India as both batsman look quite set and they can guide the hosts to a big total. IND 419/6

10:56 hrs IST: That’s a huge six from Wriddhiman Saha as he is just two runs away from his fifty. IND 416/6

10:49 hrs IST: Cheteshwar Pujara brings up his 150. It has been a brilliant innings by the Saurashtra batsman and he will be hoping to convert it into a double ton! IND 407/6

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10:43 hrs IST: 400 comes up for India in the 148th over. Cheteshwar Pujara is unbeaten on 149.

10:36 hrs IST: Pujara is 3 runs away from a brilliant 150. IND 397/6

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10:30 hrs IST: A century of sorts for Nathan Lyon as he has now conceded 100 runs in this innings. IND 397/6

10:25 hrs IST: There was a weird incident couple of overs back when Australia appealed for a catch and umpire Gaffaney was almost raising his finger, but then went on to scratch his head. IND 393/6

10:18 hrs IST: 

10:13 hrs IST: The conditions are pretty overcast in Ranchi and it seems that there is a chance of rain. IND 386/6

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10:09 hrs IST: A cracking boundary from Cheteshwar Pujara and he moves on to 142. IND 385/6

10:05 hrs IST: O’Keefe is using the same ploy as yesterday. He is constantly pitching the ball outside the leg stump to utilize the cracks in that area. IND 380/6

10:03 hrs IST: It has been a quiet start to the day as both the batsmen are playing quite cautiously. IND 379/6

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9:56 hrs IST: The 50-run partnership between Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha comes up. IND 378/6

9:50 hrs IST: 135 overs gone. India are 375 for the loss of 6 wickets.

9:44 hrs IST: It has been a good start for Cummins as the pacer is generating a lot of pace from the get go! IND 368/6

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9:37 hrs IST: More misery for Cummins as Saha gets a boundary on the very next ball. IND 366/6

9:36 hrs IST: It was a close call as Wriddhiman Saha was given out LBW! But the review showed that the ball was missing the leg stump. Saha survives! IND 362/6

9:30 hrs IST: Steve O’Keefe to bowl the first over of the day. IND 361/6

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9:26 hrs IST: The conditions are quite overcast and it can assist the bowlers to get more movement from the pitch. IND 361/6

9:19 hrs IST: Cheteshwar Pujara (65.07) has the second best batting average by any Indian batsman in Test cricket history.

9:13 hrs IST: 

9:06 hrs IST: All eyes will also be on Pat Cummins who was the best bowler for Australia on Saturday with figures of 4/59.

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8:59 hrs IST: Cheteshwar Pujara (130*) will be looking to play a big innings today as a good lead will be extremely crucial in this encounter.

8:55 hrs IST: Welcome to Day 4 of the third Test match between India and Australia in Ranchi!

The Ranchi Test is interestingly poised after a hard day’s play on Saturday. Pujara’s innings ensured that the hosts were willing to fight it out after Australia put 451 runs on the board after winning the toss.

Pujara was batting on 130 at stumps, the first century by an Indian batsman in the four-Test series, having spent nearly seven hours at the crease to consolidate his team’s position in the contest. Wriddhiman Saha was giving him company on 18 with India still 91 runs behind.

“We’re still ahead of the game but they are getting closer every over... we’ll be coming out pretty strong tomorrow,” said Australia’s bowling coach David Saker after Day 3’s play. That sums up the mood of this Test match, played without a major controversy so far.