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IND vs AUS: KL Rahul, Ajinkya Rahane orchestrate Dharamsala run-chase; India claim Border-Gavaskar series 2-1

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IND vs AUS: KL Rahul, Ajinkya Rahane orchestrate Dharamsala run-chase; India claim Border-Gavaskar series 2-1

Posted on 28 March 2017 by GGS News

Seven in a row: India beat Australia to win series 2-1. Reuters

Dharamsala : A clinical India On Tuesday regained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, beating Australia by eight wickets in the deciding fourth Test at the HPCA stadium here to clinch one of the most controversial and hard-fought bilateral contests in recent times.

It was India’s seventh Test series win in a row, continuing the dominance that started in 2015 with Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies, New Zealand, England and Bangladesh being annihilated.Needing 87 runs on the fourth day to reach a modest victory target of 106, opener Lokesh Rahul (51 not out) dominated from the start with a flurry of boundaries and finished with six half-centuries in the series.

The match ended in just three days and a session, a reflection of India’s distinct upperhand in the 2-1 triumph.

There were some hiccups when Murali Vijay (8) and Cheteshwar Pujara (0) were out in quick succession but stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane (38 off 27 balls) came in with the intent of hammering the bowlers into submission.

Rahane and Rahul added 60 runs for a third wicket partnership which took the team to victory in 23.5 overs.

Fittingly, Rahul finished the match with a hard-run three and celebrated wildly. Regular skipper Virat Kohli, who sat out of the contest due to a shoulder injury, and the rest of the Indian team gave Rahul a standing ovation.

In fact, Rahul ran in towards the Australian dressing room before taking off his helmet and letting out a wild war cry, an indication of how intensely the series had been fought.

But putting aside the hostilities that started with the infamous ‘Brain Fade’ of rival captain Steve Smith, the two teams shook hands at the end of an aggressively-fought series.

Rahul’s innings of 76 balls had nine fours while Rahane hit four boundaries and two huge sixes of Pat Cummins.

It brought the curtains down on a very productive home season in which India won 10 out of the 13 Test matches with two draws and the only defeat coming on a Pune dust-bowl against Smith’s side.

The victory was even more special as skipper and team’s premier batsman Kohli was unavailable in the deciding contest.

A reticent Rahane, completely different in character from Kohli, marshalled his resources well in what could be termed as the best out of the 13 Test wins.

More so, because the conditions were more Australian than Indian and the home team punted on rookie Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, risking a batsman less in the playing XI.

The day started with a Rahul back cut off Josh Hazlewood followed by a square cut. A swept boundary off Steve O’Keefe set the tone for the day and an imperious pull shot off Hazlewood showed why Rahul is rated so highly.

Once India were 46 for 2, Rahane came in and showed uncharacteristic aggression, taking on the bowlers from word go.

Cummins was pulled and then slashed over the cover region for a couple of sixes, leaving the entire Australian team stunned.

A paddle sweep off Lyon by Rahane was a delicate one after the brutal assault he unleashed on the speed merchant.

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IND 106/2, win by 8 wickets- Full cricket score, India vs Australia, 4th Test, Dharamsala 

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IND 106/2, win by 8 wickets- Full cricket score, India vs Australia, 4th Test, Dharamsala 

Posted on 28 March 2017 by GGS News

IND 106/2, win by 8 wickets- Full cricket score, India vs Australia, 4th Test, Dharamsala 

Dharamsala : A clinical India On Tuesday regained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, beating Australia by eight wickets in the deciding fourth Test at the HPCA stadium here to clinch one of the most controversial and hard-fought bilateral contests in recent times.

It was India’s seventh Test series win in a row, continuing the dominance that started in 2015 with Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies, New Zealand, England and Bangladesh being annihilated.Needing 87 runs on the fourth day to reach a modest victory target of 106, opener Lokesh Rahul (51 not out) dominated from the start with a flurry of boundaries and finished with six half-centuries in the series.

The match ended in just three days and a session, a reflection of India’s distinct upperhand in the 2-1 triumph.

There were some hiccups when Murali Vijay (8) and Cheteshwar Pujara (0) were out in quick succession but stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane (38 off 27 balls) came in with the intent of hammering the bowlers into submission.

Rahane and Rahul added 60 runs for a third wicket partnership which took the team to victory in 23.5 overs.

Fittingly, Rahul finished the match with a hard-run three and celebrated wildly. Regular skipper Virat Kohli, who sat out of the contest due to a shoulder injury, and the rest of the Indian team gave Rahul a standing ovation.

In fact, Rahul ran in towards the Australian dressing room before taking off his helmet and letting out a wild war cry, an indication of how intensely the series had been fought.

But putting aside the hostilities that started with the infamous ‘Brain Fade’ of rival captain Steve Smith, the two teams shook hands at the end of an aggressively-fought series.

Rahul’s innings of 76 balls had nine fours while Rahane hit four boundaries and two huge sixes of Pat Cummins.

It brought the curtains down on a very productive home season in which India won 10 out of the 13 Test matches with two draws and the only defeat coming on a Pune dust-bowl against Smith’s side.

The victory was even more special as skipper and team’s premier batsman Kohli was unavailable in the deciding contest.

A reticent Rahane, completely different in character from Kohli, marshalled his resources well in what could be termed as the best out of the 13 Test wins.

More so, because the conditions were more Australian than Indian and the home team punted on rookie Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, risking a batsman less in the playing XI.

The day started with a Rahul back cut off Josh Hazlewood followed by a square cut. A swept boundary off Steve O’Keefe set the tone for the day and an imperious pull shot off Hazlewood showed why Rahul is rated so highly.

Once India were 46 for 2, Rahane came in and showed uncharacteristic aggression, taking on the bowlers from word go.

Cummins was pulled and then slashed over the cover region for a couple of sixes, leaving the entire Australian team stunned.

A paddle sweep off Lyon by Rahane was a delicate one after the brutal assault he unleashed on the speed merchant.

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Dharamsala Test: Indian bowlers reduce Australia to 122/9 at tea

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Dharamsala Test: Indian bowlers reduce Australia to 122/9 at tea

Posted on 27 March 2017 by GGS News

Dharamsala Test: Indian bowlers reduce Australia to 122/9 at tea

Dharamsala :India wrested control of the fourth and final Test by dismissing half the Australian side, including their in-form skipper Steven Smith, on day three here Monday.

Australia were 92/5 at the tea break in their second innings, leading the hosts by 60 runs.
Glenn Maxwell (37 off 48 balls) and Peter Handscomb (18) showed positive intent with a 56-run partnership for the fourth wicket before their downfall put the hosts firmly on course for a series clinching win.

India scored 332 in their first innings courtesy Ravindra Jadeja’s 63, taking a 32-run first innings lead in the process.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who till the post-lunch session had a horrible Test match, for once got lucky when Smith tried to pull a short delivery only to get a bottom edge that knocked back his off-stump.

While he was at the crease, Smith looked in ominous touch having hit three boundaries in his 17 before his dismissal left him one short of a series aggregate of 500 runs.

It was Umesh Yadav (2/22 in 6 overs), India’s best fast bowler in recent times, who looked menacing on a bouncy pitch troubling both the openers.

After a few bouncers, Umesh cleverly pitched it up to get enough away movement to kiss David Warner’s (6) bat on way to the safe hands of keeper Wriddhiman Saha.

Renshaw (8) survived a drop at third slip when the thickish edge off a Bhuvneshwar delivery was grassed by Karun Nair standing at third slip.

But Renshaw didn’t last long as Umesh got one to rear up and deviate enough, forcing the big southpaw give Saha his second catch of the innings.

Maxwell however was in a mood to counter-attack as he hit debutant Kuldeep Yadav for a six over long-on. He scored runs quickly, smashing five fours and a six in the process.

Handscomb played an even better shot – inside out cover drive off Kuldeep but Ashwin got him with one that bounced sharply and the edge flew to skipper Ajinkya Rahane, who again showed his brilliance in the slip cordon.

Shaun Marsh (1) became Ravindra Jadeja’s first victim as he got one to land on the crack and it jumped to hit batsman’s gloves to Cheteshwar Pujara at forward short leg.

Earlier, Ravindra Jadeja’s stroke-filled half-century enabled India to get the all-important lead.

Jadeja (63 off 95 balls) reached his seventh half-century in Tests with the help of four boundaries and four sixes.

The seventh wicket partnership of 96 runs in 30 overs with Saha (31) could well prove to be the turning point on this Dharamsala track.

For Australia, Nathan Lyon (5/98) had a five-wicket haul.

Saha, on his part again showed steely temperament despite another testing morning spell by Patrick Cummins (3/94) and Josh Hazlewood (1/51).

Jadeja was adjudged caught behind off the very first ball of the third morning bowled by Cummins but he promptly used DRS to get a favourable decision after the TV replays confirmed that there was no edge.

He also got stuck by a snorter from Cummins that hit him on the helmet but the feisty cricketer didn’t show any discomfort.

His best shot off the morning was a picture perfect straight drive off Cummins that raced through grass blades.

The moment, Lyon flighted one, he jumped out to loft him effortlessly over long-off for his third six. He also had a streaky boundary off Lyon past the slip cordon.

While Saha dabbed around for singles and occasional doubles, Jadeja took risks at will.

A quick single brought up his 50 and there was customary sword wielding celebration from the man. In fact, Jadeja joined Virat Kohli, KL Rahul and Murali Vijay among others, who have surpassed 50 six times in the current season. He also became the second Indian cricketer after Kapil Dev to achieve the double of 500 runs and 50 wickets in a season.

He was not afraid of the short pitched stuff bowled by Cummins as he pulled him to deep mid-wicket for a boundary and then for good measure hooked him behind square for his fourth six.

Cummins had the last laugh when he played on trying to smash a fullish delivery. Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s (0) was Steve O’Keefe got his first victim of the match.

Cummins then got Saha with an unplayable delivery that climbed big on him as he tried to awkwardly fend it. The ball popped up off his gloves and Steve Smith backpedalled and timed his jump to perfection to take a spectacular catch.

For the record, both Jadeja and Saha completed their individual 1000 runs in Test cricket.

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India batsmen surrender advantage to finish 248/6 on Day 2

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India batsmen surrender advantage to finish 248/6 on Day 2

Posted on 26 March 2017 by GGS News

Dharamsala :Indian batsmen frittered away the initial advantage before reaching 248 for six against a disciplined Australia to leave the fourth and final cricket Test evenly poised, here on Sunday.

India are still 52 runs short of Australia’s first innings total of 300 as at least three batsmen failed to convert their starts into big knocks.With the pitch offering significant turn along with good bounce, batting will only get difficult in the third and fourth innings in what promises to be a battle of attrition in the next three days.
Playing a batsmen short, opener Lokesh Rahul’s indiscretion cost India dearly. India never got the required momentum after Rahul’s ill-timed pull-shot off a Patrick Cummins bouncer. He scored 60 off 124 balls.
Cheteshwar Pujara (57) and Ajinkya Rahane (46) also got starts before Nathan Lyon snuffed them out, extracting sharp bounce from the pitch.
India were comfortable placed at 108 for one before Rahul’s dismissal and could have pushed for lead but are struggling to level the scores at least.
After probing spells by the new ball bowlers Josh Hazlewood (1/40 in 18 overs) and Pat Cummins (1/59 off 20 overs), it was off-spinner Lyon (4/67 from 28 overs), who tormented the middle-order once again in the final session of the day which belonged to Australia.
The final session in which India scored 95 runs saw them lose as many as four wickets – all trying to be defensive against Lyon.
If India fought hard, credit to Ravichandran Ashwin (30 off 49 balls) and Ravindra Jadeja (16), who played their natural game knowing fully well that mere survival won’t get them anywhere as the cracks on the pitch widened and the bounce remained true as ever.
It could have been worse had Wriddhiman Saha (10 batting) catch would have been taken by Matt Renshaw at first slip.
But if the Indian innings had a turning point, it was Rahul, who again raised visions of a big score before throwing his wicket.
Rahul looked comfortable during his knock of 60 — his fifth half-century of the series — before a sudden rush of blood saw him play a pull shot off a Cummins short ball only to offer a simple skier to David Warner at cover.
Rahul hit nine fours and a slog-swept six off Steve O’Keefe. The Rahul-Pujara duo added 87 runs for the second wicket to lend solidity to the Indian innings after Murali Vijay’s (11) early departure.

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Australian Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel shocks Lewis Hamilton to win season opening race

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Australian Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel shocks Lewis Hamilton to win season opening race

Posted on 26 March 2017 by GGS News

Melbourne : Four-time former world champion Sebastian Vettel won the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on Sunday, finishing 9.9 seconds ahead of Lewis Hamilton in his Mercedes.
Hamilton began on pole position and led until the first set of pit stops when Germany`s Vettel leapfrogged the Englishman to secure Ferrari`s first victory since the 2015 Singapore Grand Prix.

Finland`s Valtteri Bottas completed the podium on his debut for Mercedes.

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India vs Australia, 4th Test Day 1: Australia all out for 300 after Kuldeep Yadav’s 4

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India vs Australia, 4th Test Day 1: Australia all out for 300 after Kuldeep Yadav’s 4

Posted on 25 March 2017 by GGS News

India vs Australia, 4th Test Day 1: Australia all out for 300 after Kuldeep Yadav’s 4

Dharamsala : Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav made a memorable debut with a four-wicket haul that negated Steve Smith’s defiant hundred as India bowled out Australia for 300 on an engrossing opening day of the fourth and final cricket Test, here on Saturday.
The 22-year-old, who replaced injured skipper Virat Kohli, returned figures of four for 68 in 23 overs after Australia decided to bat and made a resounding start.India’s first ever left-arm wrist spinner in Test cricket, Kuldeep bamboozled Australian batsmen in a terrific post-lunch spell, accounting for David Warner (56), Peter Handscomb (8) and Glenn Maxwell (8).
India did not score any run or lose a wicket in the single over bowled by Josh Hazlewood before stumps were drawn.
This was after the visitors were on a roll during the opening session, courtesy skipper’s Smith quality knock of 111. Scoring his third century of the series, Smith along with Warner added 134 runs for the second wicket before Kuldeep weaved his spin magic.
Keeper-batsman Matthew Wade’s (57) rear guard effort stemmed the rot after the middle-order collapse with Australia managing to reach 300-run mark.
Umesh Yadav (2/69 in 15 overs) once again played his part to perfection while Ravichandran Ashwin (1/54 in 23 overs) got the all-important wicket of Smith, who edged one to stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane at slip at stroke of tea. Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar also had a wicket apiece.
But it was the Kanpur lad, who turned things around after a gloomy first session. In fact the second session saw Australia lose five wickets for 71 runs with home team taking control of the proceedings.
It was the surprise element in Kuldeep’s bowling that caught the Australian team on the wrong foot.
Credit should be given to Rahane, who showed a lot of faith in the youngster by giving him an extended spell.
All three batsmen dismissed during the post-lunch session were guilty of not reading Kuldeep from his hand, trying to play him off the pitch.
The extra bounce also helped his cause as Warner, after doing all the hard work, tried to play a cut shot close to his body but the delivery bounced wee bit more and a thick edge flew to Rahane at first slip.
Kuldeep was in tears after getting his maiden Test wicket. After the over, Kohli was seen having a chat with the youngster at the boundary line.
Australia’s Ranchi Test saviour Handscomb shaped for a cover drive to a fullish delivery that turned in to breach his defence. Maxwell was in a daze as he got the classical wrong’ un (googly for right-arm leg-break) as he tried to play for the turn only to find the bails dislodged.
Every wicket that the youngster got had coach Anil Kumble stand up and applaud.

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Not sure if Kohli knows how to spell sorry: Cricket Australia chief

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Not sure if Kohli knows how to spell sorry: Cricket Australia chief

Posted on 23 March 2017 by GGS News

Not sure if Kohli knows how to spell sorry: Cricket Australia chief

New Delhi : Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland on Thursday took a dig at Virat Kohli, saying he is not sure if the Indian captain knows how spell the “sorry” word.

“Look I am not sure he knows how to spell the word,” said Sutherland said on a radio chat with Australian channel Fiveaa.Sutherland’s witty response came when the radio jockey asked him whether Kohli should apologise to rival captain Steven Smith for questioning his integrity in the second Test in Bengaluru.

Kohli had stopped short of calling Smith a cheat after the Australian captain sought dressing room’s advice for a DRS call, triggering off a major controversy.

Sutherland, who had called Kohli’s “cheating” claims as outrageous before striking truce with the BCCI, hopes the hostilities between the two teams end post the fourth and final Test in Dharamsala.

“After the end of this long and cut-throat series, lets hope the boys from both teams get together and have a bit of a laugh. I know they are going to spend a lot of time together in the IPL, so I am sure if it doesn’t happen after Dharamsala Test, it will happen during the IPL,” Sutherland said.

Sections of Australia media have repeatedly attacked Kohli, most recently calling him the “Donald Trump of the sporting world”.

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Ranchi Test, Day 5 : Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh’s fifties force draw to keep series alive

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Ranchi Test, Day 5 : Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh’s fifties force draw to keep series alive

Posted on 20 March 2017 by GGS News

Ranchi : Indian bowlers were thwarted by Australia’s perseverance as Steve Smith’s men survived a battle of nerves on Monday to force a draw in the third cricket Test here and keep the series alive.
Starting the day at a nervy 23/2 in reply to India’s 603/9 declared, Australia were 204/6 in 100 overs in their second innings when the two teams decided to end the proceedings.
The visitors managed to hold on thanks largely to Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh’s gritty vigil at the crease.
Handscomb (72 not out) and Marsh (53) combined to share a 124-run fifth-wicket partnership to steer Australia to safety after the cheap dismissal of skipper Steve Smith (21) and Matt Renshaw (15) had given the visitors’ dressing room moments of anxiety.
Marsh was eventually dismissed by India’s bowling star Ravindra Jadeja, who continued his purple patch to finish with figures of 4/54.
Handscomb, on the other hand, played the anchorman role to perfection and remained unbeaten after holding the fort for 200 deliveries.
The Indian bowlers, especially pacer Ishant Sharma (1/30), looked menacing in the pre-lunch session but the Aussies managed to hold their ground in the last two sessions.
With today’s result, the series remained locked at 1-1 setting up a mouth-watering finale in Dharamsala, starting March 25. The hill town would be hosting its maiden Test match.
The simmering tensions between the two sides have only added to the drama with today being no exception.
There was animated chatter between Renshaw and Ishant in the latest round of verbal altercations before the Indian pacer had the last laugh by trapping the opener LBW.
Having turned the tide yesterday, riding on Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha’s marathon partnership, India were in contention for an unassailable lead in the series.
However, Handscomb and Marsh absorbed the pressure with their calculated knocks to deny the hosts, who apart from the sizeable crowd, were also cheered on by former captain and local favourite Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was a major disappointment for the home team. He managed just one wicket in the second innings to go with his solo scalp in the first essay.

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Ranchi Test, Day 4: Cheteshwar Pujara double hundred, Wriddhiman Saha ton put India in cruise control

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Ranchi Test, Day 4: Cheteshwar Pujara double hundred, Wriddhiman Saha ton put India in cruise control

Posted on 19 March 2017 by GGS News

Ranchi Test, Day 4: Cheteshwar Pujara double hundred, Wriddhiman Saha ton put India in cruise control

Ranchi : Cheteshwar Pujara slammed the third double ton of his Test career as India are 541/6 on Day 4 of the third Test match against Australia in Ranchi. India lead by 90 runs. Wriddhiman Saha provided able support to Pujara and in the process, scored his 3rd Test century. Earlier, 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 Day 4 live cricket score of India vs Australia here. (LIVE SCORECARD | WHERE TO SEE LIVE STREAMING)
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.

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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14:48 hrs IST: This was a truly special innings from Pujara and the milestone came in 521 balls. IND 521/6
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
10:13 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.
9:06 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.

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WATCH: Umpire Chris Gaffaney changes decision mid-way following Australia’s feeble appeal

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WATCH: Umpire Chris Gaffaney changes decision mid-way following Australia’s feeble appeal

Posted on 19 March 2017 by GGS News

New Delhi  : The Third Test between India and Australia at Ranchi is already poised on a knife’s edge and could do without the heart-stopping moments provided by umpire Chris Gaffaney today.
With India at 6-385 and closing in on Australia’s first innings total of 451, danger man Cheteshwar Pujara attempted to hook Josh Hazlewood but missed.
There was a half-hearted appeal from Hazlewood, wicketkeeper Matthew Wade and captain Steve Smith at first slip, but not much was made of it until the commentators returned to it later.
Replays showed that Gaffaney had raised his finger as if the batsman was out before changing his mind at the last minute and running it across his hat.
“How to give a batsman a heart attack right there,” one commentator noted. “The finger came out and it went and scratched the head.”
Fellow umpire Ian Gould and Nigel Llong also managed a laugh about it afterwards although it would be safe to assume the Aussies wouldn’t have seen the funny side.

Pujara would go on to pass 150 to put India in a strong position at lunch at 6-435 on day four and only 16 runs behind Australia’s first innings total of 451.

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