AUS 48/2, trail by 104 – Live cricket score, India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 5: IND needs a wicket – Hindustan Times

Australia are 48/2 in the second innings after Cheteshwar Pujara’s third double ton and Wriddhiman Saha’s third century guided India to a 152-run lead in the third Test match in Ranchi. Ravindra Jadeja was the pick of the Indian bowlers as he claimed two wickets to put the visitors on the back foot. Will Virat Kohli’s team take the remaining wickets and go 2-1 up in the series or will Steve Smith’s team hang on for a draw? Catch Day 5 live cricket score of India vs Australia here. (LIVE SCORECARD | WHERE TO SEE LIVESTREAMING)

10:28 AM: Matt Renshaw has looked quite tentative today and his weakness against spin can turn out to be his bane. AUS 48/2

10:22 AM: First bowling change for India as Ishant Sharma is introduced in the attack. IND 45/2

10:20 AM: Virat Kohli has been quite aggressive from the start of the day with two close fielders deployed for Jadeja at all times. IND 45/2

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10:17 hrs IST:

10:12 AM: 20 overs gone. Australia are 40 for the loss of 2 wickets.

10:08 AM: The bounce has been quite low from the start of the day and it can get worse as the match progresses. AUS 40/2

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10:04 AM: A big shout from Ravindra Jadeja but the ball missed the Matt Renshaw’s edge by a hard small margin. IND 38/2

10:00 AM: The last time a visiting team fought out a draw after falling behind in the first innings in India was in 2010-11. AUS 37/2

9:55 AM: The last time Australia batted out a draw was in 2011 against Sri Lanka at the SSC in Colombo.AUS 36/2

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9:50 AM: It has been a disappointing series for both David Warner and Virat Kohli as the batters came into it with a great run of form behind them but have failed to fire till now. AUS 34/2

9:47 AM: Let us know what you think will happen in this match.

9:43 AM: Umesh Yadav has used the bouncer quite well this morning and as Pat Cummins proved for Australia, the short delivery can be a lethal weapon of this track. AUS 33/2

9:40 AM: Umesh Yadav is bowling from the other side. It seems that Kohli is saving Ashwin for later and not starting with an all-spin policy. AUS 31/2

9:36 AM: The first boundary of the day for Steve Smith as he caresses the ball in between point and cover. AUS 30/2

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9:34 AM: A couple of deliveries got odd bounces due to the cracks in the pitch and it can be bad news for the visitors as they are still 126 runs behind. AUS 26/2

9:32 AM: That’s the end of the first over. Not much turn till now. AUS 26/2

9:31 AM: The match is underway!

9:28 AM: We are moments away from the start of the match and Ravindra Jadeja will start the proceedings! AUS 23/2

9:25 hrs AM: 

9:19 hrs AM: One of the highlights of Day 4 was Virat Kohli’s celebration after David Warner’s wicket in the last session. The Indian captain hit back at Australia over alleged mockery of his shoulder injury by gesturing at his shoulder.

9:17 AM:

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9:13 AM: All the eyes will be Aussie skipper Steve Smith as he has been the best batsman in the series for the visitors and he needs to play a big innings to save them from the initial disaster.

9:06 AM: The match looks quite rough (as can be expected from a Day 5 turf) and it will surely assist the spinners. Bad news for Australia? Let’s wait and watch.

9:00 AM: It’s advantage India at the start of the day as they took a healthy 152 run lead in the first innings and was also able to pick up two crucial wickets before stumps on Day 4.

8:55 AM: Welcome to the final day of this thrilling encounter between India and Australia!

Cheteshwar Pujara was the star on day 4 as he smashed his third double century in his career. He broke several records, including playing the longest innings by an Indian batsman in terms of balls faced. His 202 consumed 525 balls, beating the previous mark of 495 set by Rahul Dravid in 2004 in Rawalpindi. Pujara also became the third Indian player after VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar to smash two double centuries against Australia.

Giving Pujara company was Wriddhiman Saha and the Indian wicketkeeper slammed his third century and he was invovled in a 199-run stand for the seventh wicket, the best for this wicket in India vs Australia Tests. Ravindra Jadeja extended the advantage by slamming a 55-ball 54 and he made it India’s day by picking up two wickets. With Australia still trailing by 129 runs and with only eight wickets remaining, Steve Smith’s team face an uphill task as they look to save the Test on a deteriorating wicket.

“I have the experience of scoring big runs in domestic cricket. The experience matters a lot,” said Pujara after the close of day 4. His big knock and partnership with Saha has gone a long way in ensuring India take an unbeatable 2-1 lead in the four-match series.

AUS 48/2, trail by 104 – Live cricket score, India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 5: IND needs a wicket – Hindustan Times

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