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India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 3 Highlights: Cheteshwar Pujara slams ton, cuts AUS lead

Cheteshwar Pujara scored a well-deserved hundred as India were 360/6 at stumps in response to Australia’s 451. Murali Vijay scored 82, while Virat Kohli was dismissed cheaply for 6. Pat Cummins was the best bowler for Australia as he claimed four wickets. Catch highlights of India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 3 here.

cricket Updated: Mar 18, 2017 17:40 IST
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Cheteshwar Pujara scored his 11th Test century in the India vs Australia third Test in Ranchi. Catch highlights of India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 3 here.
Cheteshwar Pujara scored his 11th Test century in the India vs Australia third Test in Ranchi. Catch highlights of India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 3 here.(BCCI)

Cheteshwar Pujara scored his 11th Test hundred as India were 360/6 at stumps on Day 3 of the third Test match against Australia in Ranchi on Saturday. India still trail by 91 runs. Earlier, Murali Vijay scored a brilliant fifty while Virat Kohli braved a shoulder injury and came out to bat at No. 4. He scored just six runs. Aussie Pat Cummins stood out with a four-wicket haul on a wicket that was not suitable for pace bowling. On Day 2, Steve Smith’s unbeaten 178 and Glenn Maxwell’s maiden century powered Australia to a series-high 451 while Ravindra Jadeja was the pick of the bowlers for India with figures of 5/124. Catch highlights vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 3 here. (SCORECARD)

17:10 hrs IST: Cheteshwar Pujara (130*) and Wriddhiman Saha (18*) were unbeaten at the end of the day for India.

17:04 hrs IST: This was a good day of cricket as the batsmen had a slight advantage, but Pat Cummins’ bowling will surely be a positive sign for the Aussies. 

16:55 hrs IST: “I wouldn’t rate it as a good innings,” says M Vijay. “But I fought out there, and that’s what matters. KL batted really well yesterday, I wanted to feed off his energy. I just wanted to play tight cricket. Today I wanted to push myself a little harder. Pujara was rock solid, hopefully he can put up a great show for us tomorrow. Definitely run scoring was difficult, they too bowled very good areas. If I had gone through to lunch, it would have been a different story altogether.”

16:48 hrs IST: The day was a good one for India as Cheteshwar Pujara scored a hundred, Murali Vijay fell short of a milestone and the team are less than 100 runs behind the Aussie total.

16:44 hrs IST: It’s stumps on Day 3. India are 360 for the loss of 6 wickets.

16:39 hrs IST: A cheeky sweep by Wriddhiman and the ball races to the boundary. IND 359/6

16:37 hrs IST: Patt Cummins was quite impressive with the use of bouncers and he will finish the day with figures of 4/59. IND 355/6

16:29 hrs IST: With that single, Australia’s lead is cut down to 100 runs. IND 351/6

16:27 hrs IST: 350 comes up for India for the loss of 6 wickets.

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16:24 hrs IST: The day completely belonged to Pujara who was solid throughout and tomorrow, he will surely be looking to reach 150. IND 349/6

16:15 hrs IST: 7 overs remaining in the day. India will be happy with their batting performance and with Pujara still out there in the middle, it will be advantage India going in to Day 4. IND 344/6

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16:07 hrs IST: What a shot! Wriddhiman Saha goes for the big one and clears the boundary easily. IND 343/6

16:03 hrs IST: A cracking boundary by Pujara as he moves on to 121. IND 337/6

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15:58 hrs IST: Wriddhiman Saha is the new batsman for the hosts and he opens his account with a boundary. IND 333/6

15:48 hrs IST: It was another lethal bouncer by Cummins and Ashwin was not able to control it as he was dismissed for 3. IND 328/6

15:47 hrs IST: OUT! Pat Cummins strikes against as Ashwin departs!

15:44 hrs IST: A dangerous bouncer by Cummins and Australia believes that the ball hit Ashwin on the gloves! 

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15:43 hrs IST: There was not a single run scored over the last 15 balls. IND 326/5

15:38 hrs IST: Another maiden over as the score remains 326 for the loss of 6 wickets.

15:30 hrs IST: A close LBW call by Steve O’Keefe, but the ball was missing the leg stump. IND 326/5

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15:22 hrs IST: 111 overs gone. India are 322 for the loss of 5 wickets.

15:14 hrs IST: Steve O’Keefe is trying to utilise the cracks around the leg stump, but Pujara is happy to play him out with his pads. IND 321/5

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15:11 hrs IST: It was a brilliant in-swinger by Hazlewood and Nair was completely beaten by the pace. IND 320/5

15:06 hrs IST:OUT! A fast delivery from Hazlewood castles Karun Nair for 23.

15:00 hrs IST: A direct hit but Cheteshwar Pujara was safely inside the crease. IND 319/4

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14:51 hrs IST: Pujara’s partner at the other end Nair has looked confident so far. He had a horrifying Bangalore Test, but a good performance here will be a big boost to his confidence. IND 314/4

14:45 hrs IST: Hazlewood continue from the other and mixes it up pretty well. While, in his second over after tea, he tries the length delivery to trouble centurion Pujara, he also rakes up a couple of short balls. The result? A maiden

14:38 hrs IST: Lyon gets nice turn there. Misses Pujara inside edge and India four extra byes. Its turns out to be costly over for Australia - who give away eight runs. IND 311/4

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14:36 hrs IST: We are back for the final session of the day! IND 303/4

14:27 hrs IST:Here’s our report on how has happened in the game till now on Day 3. 

14:16 hrs IST: The hero of the session was Cheteshwar Pujara who scored his second hundred against Australia.

14:12 hrs IST: Its tea on Day 3 of the Ranchi Test and India are batting on 303 for the loss of 4 wickets.

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14:09 hrs IST: 300 comes up for India in the 99th over. Catch live cricket score of India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 3 here.

14:02 hrs IST: Karun Nair joins the party as he hits his first boundary of this game. IND 297/4

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13:58 hrs IST: Cheteshwar Pujara continues his dominance with yet another boundary! IND 291/4

13:54 hrs IST: This was also the first hundred by an Indian batsman in the on-going Test series. IND 281/4

13:51 hrs IST: Cheteshwar Pujara brings up his 11th Test century! IND 281/4

13:47 hrs IST: Karun Nair is the new batsman for the hosts.Catch live cricket score of India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 3 here. IND 276/4

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13:44 hrs IST: A bouncer from Cummins and Rahane was caught napping as he gave a simple catch to Wade. IND 276/4

13:42 hrs IST: OUT! Another short ball from Cummins does the trick as Rahane departs for 12.

13:39 hrs IST: Easy pickings for Pujara as he dispatches the full toss for a boundary. IND 276/4

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13:35 hrs IST: There seems to be some issue with Cheteshwar Pujara’s finger. Hopefully, it is nothing serious.

13:34 hrs IST: Boundary for Rahane as India are 266 for the loss of three wickets.

13:30 hrs IST: 

13:23 hrs IST: Pujara is 12 runs away from a well-deserved hundred! IND 259/3

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13:20 hrs IST: A short one from Hazlewood and Rahane pulls it for a boundary. IND 254/3

13:16 hrs IST: 250 is up for India for the loss of 3 wickets in the 86th over. Catch live cricket score of India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 3 here.

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13:07 hrs IST: Boundary number 12 for Pujara! Catch live cricket score of India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 3 here.IND 240/3

13:00 hrs IST: The Cheteshwar Pujara show continues as the batsman scores yet another boundary through the point region. IND 234/3

12:57 hrs IST: A half chance for Matthew Wade after Pujara edged the ball down the leg side, but the ball was too fast for the Aussie keeper. IND 230/3

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12:51 hrs IST: It was a thick edge from Kohli and Steve Smith made no mistake in second slip. IND 225/3

12:49 hrs IST:OUT! Pat Cummins strikes as Virat Kohli departs for 6.

12:46 hrs IST: A full toss from Pat Cummins and Cheteshwar Pujara dispatches it to the boundary. IND 223/2

12:43 hrs IST: Classy shot by Pujara as his drive pierced the field to score another boundary. IND 218/2

12:37 hrs IST: Cautious approach by Virat Kohli as he is trying to meet every ball with the full face of the bat. IND 212/2

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12:30 hrs IST: This was the 15th Test fifty for Cheteshwar Pujara. Catch live cricket score of India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 3 here. IND 207/2

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12:28 hrs IST: FIFTY! Cheteshwar Pujara also brings up his half century!

12:25 hrs IST: Virat Kohli injured his right shoulder while fielding on Day 1, but it seems that the Indian skipper was able to shake off any jitters from that event. IND 198/2

12:20 hrs IST: 73 overs gone. India are 198 for the loss of 2 wickets. Catch live cricket score of India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 3 here.

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12:14 hrs IST: A throwback to the welcome Virat received at the start of Day 2:

12:08 hrs IST: Virat Kohli is the new batsman for India! Catch live cricket score of India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 3 here. IND 193/2

11:59 hrs IST: The Cheteshwar Pujara-Murali Vijay pair is eight runs away from becoming the highest run scorers in a single season for India.

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11:50 hrs IST: All eyes are now on Virat Kohli and we hope that the Indian skipper will be the next batsman for the hosts. Catch live cricket score of India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 3 here.IND 193/2

11:45 hrs IST: Meanwhile in the second Test match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in Colombo, the hosts are currently trailing by 7 runs. Follow the match here.

11:39 hrs IST: It was a ‘brain fade’ moment from Murali Vijay and he is quite angry when looks at his dismissal again. IND 193/2

11:33 hrs IST: It’s lunch on Day 3 of the Ranchi Test. It was a good session for India but they will be annoyed with the way that Vijay got out just before the break. IND 193/2

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11:32 hrs IST: It was a straight delivery from Steve O’Keefe and Vijay missed it completely. Matthew Wade had a easy task at hand and he made no mistake. IND 193/2

11:30 hrs IST: OUT! Murali Vijay is stumped for 82!

11:28 hrs IST: The 100-run partnership comes up for Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara. Catch live cricket score of India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 3 here. IND 192/1

11:25 hrs IST: A loud appeal for a catch from Australia but no response from the umpire. IND 189/1

11:19 hrs IST: Another boundary! The batsmen have been quite consistent when it comes to hitting fours in regular intervals. IND 184/1

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11:11 hrs IST: Murali Vijay dances down the track and plays a brilliant inside out shot to score yet another boundary. Catch live cricket score of India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 3 here.IND 178/1

11:09 hrs IST: Cheteshwar Pujara moves on to 32 with that boundary. IND 173/1

11:05 hrs IST: Another boundary for Murali Vijay as the two batsmen kept the scoreboard ticking. IND 167/1

11:01 hrs IST: An effortless sweep shot by Murali Vijay and the ball races to the boundary! IND 160/1

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10:57 hrs IST: Good news for Indian fans as Virat Kohli looks all set to come out after the fall of the next wicket. IND 154/1

10:54 hrs IST: 

10:49 hrs IST: 150 comes up for India in the 60th over for the loss of one wicket.Catch live cricket score of India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 3 here.

10:44 hrs IST: Australia will not be happy with that review as the LBW appeal was chucked out due to a huge inside edge. IND 149/1

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10:41 hrs IST: Australia have won just once after scoring 400-plus in first innings of Tests in India, in eight previous occasions. Two other Tests were drawn and one tied. IND 149/1

10:35 hrs IST: It’s drinks in Ranchi. India are 144 for the loss of one wicket. Catch live cricket score of India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 3 here.

10:31 hrs IST: The Australian bowling attack has looked quite tame till now and it looks like both the batters are quite comfortable with playing on this track. IND 144/1

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10:25 hrs IST: 54 overs gone. India are 141 for the loss of one wicket. Catch live cricket score of India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 3 here.

10:21 hrs IST: The 50 run partnership comes up for Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara. IND 141/1

10:15 hrs IST: Brilliant shot by Cheteshwar Pujara as the ball rushes to the boundary! IND 137/1

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10:10 hrs IST: This will be a special fifty for Vijay as he scored it on his 50th Test match! Catch live cricket score of India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 3 here. IND 133/1

10:08 hrs IST: FIFTY! Murali Vijay finally brings up the milestone! IND 133/1

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10:06 hrs IST: The wait continues as Murali Vijay has been waiting for almost three and a half overs to complete his fifty. Catch live cricket score of India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 3 here. IND 132/1

10:03 hrs IST: Virat Kohli looks all set to come out after the fall of the next wicket! IND 132/1

10:01 hrs IST: Another over gone and Murali Vijay is still on 49. IND 132/1

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9:58 hrs IST: It has been a slow start to the game as both batsmen are playing quite cautiously. Catch live cricket score of India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 3 here. IND 131/1

9:53 hrs IST:  Maiden over from Steve O’Keefe. Murali Vijay will have to wait for his half-century. IND 130/1

9:46 hrs IST: 

9:42 hrs IST: The bounce is still pretty even for a third day pitch and that will surely be encouraging signs for the pacers. IND 129/1

9:37 hrs IST: SIX! Murali Vijay steps out of his crease and heaves the ball out of the ground! IND 127/1

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9:34 hrs IST: A quiet start to the day as just one run came off the first over. IND 121/1

9:30 hrs IST: The match is underway! Catch live cricket score of India vs Australia here.

9:23 hrs IST: The suspense over the Virat Kohli situation continues as the Indian cricket team skipper have not take n the field since Day 1 and it will interesting to see if the injury has any impact on his batting.

9:18 hrs IST: Currently, Murali Vijay is 19th most successful right hand opener in test cricket. If he scores another 315 runs, he will be in top 15

9:12 hrs IST: Except for a few deliveries, the Australian bowlers were not much effective yesterday and the visitors will be hoping for a change soon. Catch live cricket score of India vs Australia here.

9:09 hrs IST: 

9:06 hrs IST: The Aussies look geared up for this contest.

9:00 hrs IST: KL Rahul was the star batsman for India on Friday as he scored a quick-fire half century to give the hosts a great start to their innings.

8:56 hrs IST: Murali Vijay. who is playing his 50th Test match, is just eight short of a fifty and he will surely be looking to make the occasion extra special with a lengthy knock.

8:50 hrs IST: Welcome to Day 3 of the third Test match between India and Australia in Ranchi!

On a wearing Day 3 Ranchi wicket, India’s batsmen will have to negotiate a ball that is 40 overs old. Even though Pat Cummins got the better of KL Rahul with a ball that rose sharply, skipper Steven Smith will bank on his spin troika of Nathan Lyon, Steve O’Keefe and Glenn Maxwell to find the breakthroughs. Smart fielding will be crucial.

As was predicted by the experts, the Ranchi wicket is not a horror pitch. With more than 570 runs scored over two days, Ranchi can still produce more runs, should batsmen apply themselves like Smith and Maxwell did.

Saturday should see a good contest between bat and ball.