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All you need to know about the Dharamsala Test

Mar 28, 2017 11:47 IST
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Ravindra Jadeja’s vital 63 and his 96-run stand with Wriddhiman Saha for the seventh wicket set India on the course to victory after the end of day 3 of the fourth Test at the HPCA stadium. However, during the course of the partnership, Jadeja was involved in an intense sledging battle with Australian wicketkeeper Matthew Wade. Speaking about that incident at the press conference, Jadeja said, “We all know what happens. I just told him, once you lose and are free, we will have dinner together.” Ravindra Jadeja smashed his seventh fifty and give India the advantage with a 96-run partnership with Wrirddhiman Saha while Australia were blighted by a partial DRS problems on day 3 of the fourth and final Test. From the 94th over till the 103rd over, there was a power cut in the area where the DRS operations were being conducted, which meant that ball-tracking could not be available. The back-up generator also did not work. The umpires informed Steve Smith that only the snickometer and the pitch map would be available. In the 102nd over, Josh Hazlewood appealed twice for an lbw against Ravindra Jadeja but on both occasions, Australia could not take the review due to the unavailability of ball-tracking. The power issues were sorted out and the full DRS became available after the 104th over. Ravindra Jadeja survived some testing periods from both Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood in the morning session but he held firm. After successfully reviewing a caught-behind appeal first ball of the day, the left-hander survived some close lbw shouts as he made use of the power failure which resulted in DRS not working for the first 14 overs of the day. Following the first hour, Jadeja opened up and deposited Nathan Lyon for a six over long on. Jadeja notched up his seventh fifty and celebrated it by swinging his bat like a sword. He finally fell for 63 but his 96-run stand with Wriddhiman Saha had given India the lead. “The second new ball was fairly new. It was good that it happened in the very first ball as then it’s just out of your way and there’s no disturbance. I was sure that there wasn’t any edge, I just told Saha that it’s a bit tough situation but we will have to play it out,” Jadeja said. Having given India the lead, India’s bowlers put in a magnificent performance with Umesh Yadav, Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin taking three wickets each. The small lead allowed Jadeja to bowl with a free mind and psychologically, it was a good feeling.