After Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha had fashioned a mammoth 199-run stand to help India secure first innings’ lead in the excess of 150, Ravindra Jadeja picked up two wickets in the dying minutes of the day to leave visitors fighting for survival in Ranchi.
Australia were unable to apply breaks on the middle order pair, who depicted incredible resilience to maneuver their side into a match-winning position. Pujara surpassed Rahul Dravid as the India batsman to spend the most time at the crease in a Test match, while Saha showed proved his mettle with a well-deserved century.
The pair denied Australia a wicket until the evening session, ensuring there is left no possibility of Australia making a comeback into the contest — both batsmen eventually fell in the pursuit of quick runs in the final session of play. Jadeja chipped in with quickfire half-century before India’s skipper Virat Kohli waved to signal declaration.
After being completely dominated by the India’s batting, Pujara in particular, Australia’s weariness was apparent as they lost David Warner and nightwatchman Nathon Lyon to finish the day at 23 for 2, with only eight wickets left to see off the remainder of play tomorrow.
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