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India vs Australia, 4th Test, Dharamsala, Day 3, highlights: Spinners put IND on cusp of dramatic triumph

India were 19/0 at stumps and need 87 to win the fourth and final Test in Dharamsala. Earlier, India took a lead of 32 runs, thanks to a 96-run stand from Ravindra Jadeja and Wriddhiman Saha. Then, the spinners wreaked havoc and dismissed Australia for 137. Get highlights of India vs Australia Dharamsala Test, day 3 here.

cricket Updated: Mar 27, 2017 17:23 IST
Abhishek Paul
Indian bowlers dismissed Australia for 137 on day 3 of the India vs Australia Dharamsala Test on Monday. The home team needs 87 runs more to clinch match and series. The dismissal of Steve Smith (17) was the turning point for India.
Indian bowlers dismissed Australia for 137 on day 3 of the India vs Australia Dharamsala Test on Monday. The home team needs 87 runs more to clinch match and series. The dismissal of Steve Smith (17) was the turning point for India. (REUTERS)

India were 19/0 at stumps and need 87 to win the fourth and final Test in Dharamsala. Earlier, Ravindra Jadeja struck a fifty to give India a handy first innings lead before returning to claim three Australian wickets. On the liveliest of the four pitches used in the series, Australian top order struggled against the bouncing ball before Jadeja (3-29) and Ravichandran Ashwin shared six wickets between them to bowl out the tourists for 137. Get highlights of India vs Australia Dharamsala Test here. (SCORECARD | STREAMING DETAILS)

“It was magical,” says R Ashwin. “You couldn’t have asked for more. Jaddu and Saha batted really well. We get our noses ahead. Great spells by Umesh and Bhuvi. Australia batted really well yesterday too, we had to buckle down. This morning was really special. Saha and Jaddu were fantastic.”

The spinner had some extra praise for Jadeja. “It has been a magical season. It is going to be pretty difficult to replicate it. 81 wickets in 13 Tests. I told Jaddu there was a hundred for the taking. He is a very talented batsman, if he puts his head down, he can get that hundred. Hope there is more tight batting from Vijay and Rahul, and that they can get fifties for themselves,” Ashwin said.

4:50pm: This has been a great day of domination by India. They started with a 52-run deficit but Jadeja (63) and Saha (31) helped the hosts take a 32-run lead. Then the spinners did the trick to dismiss Australia for 137. Needing 106 to win, openers gave India a great start and now the hosts need 87 to clinch the series.

4:49pm: STUMPS! India 19/0, need 87 to win

4:47pm: Steve O’Keefe brought in and he is getting vicious turn. Almost gets Rahul’s edge off the first ball

4:44pm: Cummins takes DRS for a LBW against Rahul, after he was given not out. Tracker shows ball was missing leg stump.

4:42pm: Cummins and Hazlewood are going for the edges of Indian batsmen. Several close shaves there for Rahul and Vijay.

4:35pm: Australians are troubling the Indian batsmen with their line. India 19/0

4:29pm: Hazlewood bowls from the other end and gives away just two runs. India 14/0

4:24pm: THREE FOURS! KL Rahul gives India a great start in this low chase. First got edged, second he sends it past Cummins and the third he flicked. India 12/0

4:20pm: Rahul and Vijay are out to bat. Cummins will bowl the first over

4:11pm: Hazlewood (0) out. Australia 137 all out. India need 106 to win

Ashwin trapped Hazlewood in front of the wicket for his third scalp

4:07pm: Hazlewood was given out as he appeared to be caught by Vijay off Jadeja. Replays show the ball just touched the ground. Vijay is not happy.

4:03pm: Australia’s lead crosses 100 as Wade hits Ashwin for a four on the off-side.

4:01pm: DROPPED! Ashwin drops at slip Wade off Umesh. The fast bowler is not at all happy. The catch should have been taken.

3:59pm: SIX! Wade hits Ashwin at extra cover to take Australia’s lead closer to 100

3:53pm: Nathan Lyon (0) gone!

Umesh too gets his third as Lyon edges to Vijay.

3:50pm:Steve O’Keefe (0) gone! Australia 121/8

Jadeja gets his third as O’Keefe is caught by Pujara at silly point.

3:45pm: Ajinkya Rahane has proved to be a sensible captain. He has been attacking with his field. Kohli has not been missed, one can safely say.

3:39pm: Cummins (12) out! Australia 121/7

Jadeja gets his second as Cummins went for a drive and was caught by Rahane at slip.

3:32pm: Umesh is back in the attack. He is getting movement and gets a maiden.

3:25pm: FOUR! Cummins hits one of Ashwin at long-off. Australia 120/6

3:20pm: Jadeja, the bowler, is creating pressure on the Australian batsmen. Earlier, Jadeja, the batsman, rescued India once more.

3:15pm: Meanwhile, a ball tampering row has hit the South Africa vs New Zealand 3rd Test - the South African cricket players appeared to intentionally throw it to the keeper on the bounce -- usually on the pitch -- with a side-arm action ostensibly aiming to always land it on the same side. Causing one side to become scuffed aids the pursuit of reverse swing. This was noticed by the umpires during Day 3 of the Hamilton Test vs New Zealand cricket team

3:12pm: Appeal by Jadeja for an LBW against Wade. It was not hitting the stumps. Australia 110/6

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3:05pm: Ashwin is enjoying a lot of turn and bounce on this track. Can he finish the Australian innings by stumps today? IND 108/6

3:00pm: It has been an impressive bowling display by the Indian bowlers and any target under 200 should not pose a big problem for the hosts. AUS 106/6

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2:57pm: It was a very close call as the review revealed that the ball was hitting just a part of the stump, but the LBW decision stands.

2:54pm:  OUT! Ravichandran Ashwin strikes for India as Glenn Maxwell is LBW for 45. AUS 106/6

2:46pm: Glenn Maxwell is currently batting on 42 and is eight runs off his first fifty. He had scored a ton in Ranchi.

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2:45pm: Huge appeal by Jadeja against Maxwell for stumping. Umpire says no, and replays prove he was right

2:36pm: Ashwin goes for DRS against Wade. Ashwin had hit Wade pad, who went into backfoot. But tracker showed the ball just clipped the bails and it’s umpire’s call - which is not out.

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2:32pm: The pitch has provided uneven bounce and has troubled the batsman. A lead of 150 can be a fighting total.

2:30pm: The third session starts, Glenn Maxwell is batting on 37and he has been joined by Matthew Wade.

2:20pm: India are firmly in control of the match now! If they can restrict Australia under 150, they might win by tomorrow.

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2:11 pm: It's Tea! Australia are crumbling at 92/5, with a lead of 60. India clearly on top going into third session.

2:10pm: Shaun Marsh (1) out

Jadeja (1/12) joins the party as he gets the wicket of Marsh, who is caught by Pujara at short leg. he couldn’t handle the bounce.

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2:07pm: OUT! Handscomb (18)

Crucial wicket! Ashwin strikes in his second over as Handcomb edged to India captain Rahane at slips.

2:00pm: Handscomb and Maxwell’s stand has crossed 50 in 75 balls. Australia 83/3

1:56pm: FOUR! Again Kuldeep on the firing line as Handscomb hits one at mid-off.

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1:51pm: Lucky! Very lucky! Jadeja finds a gap between bat and pad of Handscomb. But the ball just misses the stump. Australia 71/3

1:47pm: Maxwell’s shot off Kuldeep falls just short of Jadeja at short mid-wicket. Every run added will torment India after such a good start. They will bat in the fourth innings

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1:42pm: FOUR! Maxwell off Kuldeep. The Australian has reached 28 off 27 balls. He is on a redemption path. Australia 67/3

1:37pm: Kuldeep Yadav has been brought into attack from the other end. He returned with figures of 4/68 in the first innings.

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1:34 pm: Spinners introduced: Jadeja in action. He gives away just on run. Australia 63/3

1:31 pm: Australia have not slowed the tempo despite their top three batsmen back in the pavilion. Psotive batting by Maxwell and Handscomb.

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1:27pm: FOURS! Now Bhuvneshwar comes under Maxwell’s wrath! First the ball goes to the boundary between cover and mid-off and then towards cover.

1:22pm: FOUR! Maxwell hits Umesh with superb drive. Australia 42/3

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1:16 pm: One should not forget that Maxwell scored a ton in the match while Handscomb has been in great form . lot of work left.

1:14 pm: FOUR! Handscomb hits one off Bhuvneshwar in the gully region.

1:11pm: India have a big advantage now! They should loosen the grip. Australia still have a lot of batting left.

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1:05 pm: COLLAPSE! Matt Renshaw (8) gone, edges to Saha off Umesh

1:03pm: Smith (17) out. He plays on off Bhuvneshwar. Big, big wicket!

12:57pm: Sheer class by Smith. Consecutive fours off Bhuvneshwar!

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12:56pm: Umesh Yadav is extracting bounce from the wicket and has helped by the attacking field placement by Rahane. Three slips for him. Australia 23/1

12:52 pm: Bhuvneshwar gets a maiden. he has swung the ball well so far. He is bowling from round the wcket with a first slip.

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12:46 pm: Australia are 18/1, still trailing by 14 runs. A wicket here will turn the tide in India’s favour.

12:43 pm: Indian fast bowlers have been good in the second session. Now Steve Smith is at crease and his wicket has got the maximum price.

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12:36 pm: Warner out! AUS 10/1. Umesh Yadav has struck in his second over as the Australian opener edged to Saha to end an horror series in India

12:31 pm: Dropped! Karun Nair drops David Warner in the third slip off Bhuvneshwar. This is criminal. he dropped him in the first innings too.

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12:29 pm: BOUNCER: Bhuvneshwar hits Warner’s ribs and stares at him too! Very unlike Bhuvi!

12:24 pm: ANOTHER FOUR! Umesh Yadav is treated with a four by Warner off his ball in the third man region. AUS 9/0

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12:20 pm: FOUR! Bhuvneshwar gets an edge off Renshaw but the ball races to boundary between third slip and gully. AUS 4/0

12:17 pm: David Warner and Matt Renshaw are here! The action is about to start!

12:15 pm: India have never lost a Test when Jadeja has scored a fifty. Can India win this one?

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12:10 pm: Stat attack again - Jadeja has as many 50 or 50-plus this season at home as Kohli, Vijay and Rahul

12:01pm: Vital stats: Ravindra Jadeja is the third player Kapil Dev and Mitchell Johnson to score 500+ runs and take 50+ wickets in a season

11:50 am: A 32-run lead is not much but considering India situation at the start of the day, it will only make the team management happy.

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11:45 am: Indian bowlers need to show their mettle early on, if the hosts want to win the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

11:40 am: India finish the first innings on 332, with a lead of 32. Jadeja (63) and Saha (31) played crucial knocks. India had started the day with a 52-run deficit but the morning session will give them enough confidence going into the second session..

IT’S LUNCH

11:38 am: Kuldeep Yadav out. India 332 all out

Lyon gets his ninth five-wicket haul as Yadav is caught by Hazlewood off him.

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11:35 am: The last-wicket stand is now 13, and Virat Kohli, who is not playing, would be please with these runs. India 332/9

11:32 am: Both Kuldeep and Umesh have got one century in each in first-class cricket. They need to show all their skills with the bat today. India 328/9

11:29 am: Any runs added from here on is a bonus for India. Umeash Yadav and Kuldeep Yadav on crease.

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11:20 am:Saha (31) out, India 318/9

A brilliant catch by Smith off Pat Cummins gets him. A very crucial innings played by the Indian wicketkeeper.

11:17 am:Bhuvneshwar (1) out, 318/8

He is caught by Smith off O’keefe.’

11:15 am: Jadeja-Saha’s 96-run stand has done a crucial job for India.

11:13 am: Bhuvneshwar is the new batsman at the crease.

11:10 am:Ravindra Jadeja (63) out. India 317/7

He played on against Cummins and got was bowled.

11:03 am: Jadeja has upped the ante after reaching the 50-run mark. He hits a four and then a six off Cummins - the first over mid-wicket and the next in the backward region. Both were hit off short balls.

10:58am: Jadeja scores his seventh fifty with a quick single off Lyon. India 302/6

10:54 am: And India takes the lead! Warner misfields at backward point as Ravindra Jadeja takes two runs. India 301/6

10:49 am: Hazlewood trying to rattle Saha with not just bouncers but also verbal volley. The Indian wicketkeeper is unperturbed.

10:46 am: Jadeja is now batting on 45 while Saha in on 27. Their stand is 74 now. India 296/6

10:42 am: Smith placed one slip and gully for Hazlewood against Saha. Are they getting defensive? India 291/6

10:37 am: We’re back! and Jadeja has moved to 40s with a four off Lyon. India 289/6

10:35 am:It’s drinks time! India are 285/6, trail by 15

10:30 am: Hazlewood gives bouncers and bouncers to Saha, who just stays low. However, Australia get a maiden over

10:27 am: The ball tracking is still not available. So, DRS will only be available for where the ball had been pitched, and for edges (snickometer) India 285/6

10:24 am: The ones and twos will be crucial for this seventh wicket partnership for India. And they need to maintain that. India 285/6

10:22 am: India (284/6) have now reduced Australia’s lead to less than 20.

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10:17 am: Indian duo - Saha 23* and Jadeja 33* - have gained in confidence. They need to take this forward. Even a small lead would give India a big psychological advantage in the second innings

10:12 am: Jadeja-Saha stand has crossed 50-run mark. India 279/6, trail by 21

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10:08 am: SIX! Jadeja goes for the big one against Lyon. India 269/6, trail by 31 

10:06 am: Australia has introduced Nathan Lyon. He is eyeing his ninth five-wicket haul

10:02 am: No DRS available at the moment due to some broadcasst issues. India 260/6

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Ravindra Jadeja has scored six Test half-centuries. Get live cricket score of India vs Australia Dharamsala Test live cricket score here. (BCCI)

9:57 am: Jadeja takes two off Hazlewood. The duo has been patient so far, despite some severe questions from the Australian bowlers in the morning session in Dharamsala. India 259/6

9:53 am: The Australian bowlers are mixing it up well.Cummins is using length deliveries as well as bouncers. The cracks in the pitch have widened up and it si bound to give the bowlers some assistance. India 257/6

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9:46 am: Hazlewood again hits Saha’s pads. The Indian batsman tried to flick and fell over. The went to square as the Indians took a cheeky run. India 255/6

9:42 am: FOUR! Jadeja hits one off Cummins. He hits the Australian pacer’s half-volley past the non-striker’s end. India 254/6

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9:38 am: Josh Hazlewood bowls the second over and apart from a drive from Saha there is not worth mentionable about Indian. The Australian bowler has got bounce. India 250/6

9:34 am: LBW appeal off the third ball! Cummins pitched the ball outside leg and it hit the thigh roll . No danger for India yet. India 248/6

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9:32 am: What drama! Saha given out caught behind off Cummins off the first ball. Jadeja goes for DRS immediately and replays shows that the ball did not touch the bat. Morning shows the day?

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9:30 am: Action starts: Pat Cummins to bowl the first over!

9:25 am: Meanwhile, in Barbados, Shadab Khan produced a brilliant performance on his debut to guide Pakistan to a comfortable six-wicket win over West Indies in the first T20 international | Read here

9:20 am: Lyon, who picked four wickets on Sunday, earlier said the pitches have helped Australian bowlers. Read | Dharamsala pitch is very similar to wickets in Australia

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9:15 am: Australia would be happy with the way their pacers performed in the first session yesterday. Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood were constantly troubling Indian batsmen with their pace and bounce.

9:10 am: Ravindra Jadeja (16*) on the hand has six half-centuries in Tests, with his highest score being 90. He needs to replicate that same form for India today

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9:05 am: Saha (10*) scored a match-saving 117 in Ranchi and he needs to replicate that form today. Quite a few Indian batsmen were guilty were throwing their wickets on Day 2. There is no room for such mistake today.

Read | KL Rahul’s loss of focus when set hurting India vs Australia

9:00 am: A lead even of 10-20 runs will give India a psychological edge, whereas for Australia getting the last four wickets within 20 runs will be a huge bonus

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8:55 am: Nathan Lyon took four wickets on Day 2 and now has 63 wickets against India - joint second highest wicket-taker with Lance Gibbs as a spinner.

8:50 am: A very big day for the Indians as it might decide the course of the match. Saha and Jadeja are the last recognised batsmen in the current line-up and their stand may well decide if India will win the match or not. The hosts are still 52 runs behind.

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8:45 am: Hello and welcome to the live coverage on Day 3

On Day 3, Fast bowlers Josh Hazlewood (1-40) and Pat Cummins (1-59) bowled their hearts out during frugal spells to restrict the top-ranked hosts to 248-6 at stumps.

Also, Nathan Lyon made the most of a lively track at Dharamsala, which is hosting its first-ever Test, to return a rich haul of 4-67.

The Indian batsmen, who are without Virat Kohli, were guilty of squandering good starts on the third day and shouldn’t repeat the mistake on the fourth. For India, KL Rahul (60), Cheteshwar Pujara (57) and Ajinkya Rahane (46) begun well but couldn’t get big scores.

The final session on Day 3 saw another grueling contest between the bat and the ball with the hosts scoring 95 runs while losing four wickets.

With three more days of play remaining, the pressure is on India to deliver in the season-ending contest.