Third Test: India force advantage on 4th day

19 March, Ranchi

Superb batting by Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha coupled with excellent bowling by Ravindra Jadeja put India in a strong position on the fourth day of the third cricket Test against Australia here on Sunday.

Pujara scored a double-century and Saha notched up a ton as the duo produced a partnership of 199 runs to enable India declare their first innings at 603/9 for a lead of 152 runs.

Australia had scored 451 in their first innings.

Jadeja then claimed the wickets of David and Nathan Lyon as Australia struggled to 23/2 in their second innings at the end of the day’s play.

Cheteshwar Pujara (202) and Wriddhiman Saha (117) shared a 199-run stand for the seventh wicket to propel India past Australia’s first innings total of 451 all out.

Opener Murali Vijay scored 82, while Ravindra Jadeja remained unbeaten at 54.

For Australia, pacer Pat Cummins bagged four wickets, while left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe took three wickets.

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