Monday, 27 March 2017

India 87 Runs Away From Series Win With 2 Day To Spare

Ravindra Jadeja Score 63 Runs in Ind Vs Aus 4th Test
     India Vs Australia fourth Test, day 3: India began the exciting third-day morning on an emphatic note following a quick slump after Jadeja lost his wicket at 63. Ravindra Jadeja combined the caution with aggression to register his career’s seventh half-century. Wriddhiman Saha, on the other hand, scored a composed 33 to get his team a crucial 32-run lead at lunch. Before India suffered a quick downfall, the two had added 96 runs for seventh wicket and this proved to be the turning point.

Maxwell Score 45 in India Vs Australia 4th Test in 2nd Innings
      India could have done a lot better. Australia was delighted with the work their bowlers did towards the end. However when batting, they couldn’t quite manage to handle the pressure. They did score off the moderate lead in the 9th over, but with three down. It was where they needed some handy knocks from their middle-order batsmen, especially Handscomb and Maxwell.

Jadeja got 3 Wickets in 2nd Innings of Ind Vs Aus Dharamshala Test
     Dismissals at regular interval kept mounting Australia’s struggle. Maxwell’s quick 45 off 60 balls, wherein he hit 6 boundaries and one six, led Australia to 100. Ashwin caught him before wicket in the 33rd over before he could stimulate India’s headache. Wade’s steady 25 towards the end made Indian bowlers toil for around 15 overs, but Jadeja had Cummins next on his target. Cummins, from the other end, was providing a perfect foil to Wade. 

Australia All out at 137 in 2nd Innings in Dharamshala Test
    Cummins dismissal brought a dismal end to Australia’s struggle as no other batsmen could even open the account afterward. Australia gave India 106-run target with six overs to go for the day. KL Rahul slammed three boundaries to Cummins in his very first over to kick off the chase. In as many as 6 overs being played to end day three, India scored 19 runs without loss. Now, the home side is 87 runs away from the series win with two days to spare.

Australia Fights Hard On Day 5 To Draw The 3rd Test

     India Vs Australia third Test, Day 5: Whether be it Jadeja’s 5-wicket haul, Saha’s daredevil hundred or Pujara’s record-breaking double ton in the first innings of the third Test, all of India’s hard core efforts go in vain with Aussies managing to draw the match. The track had much to offer to the spinners, but Ashwin-Jadeja’s strategy didn’t work well to wrap up Australia in more than three sessions. Yes, they did trouble the batsmen with turn and bounce, but came out to be out of action at the end. That’s disappointing!

     Batting steady and cautiously, Marsh and Handscomb frustrated India on day five eventually earning a hard-fought draw in Ranchi Test. A 124-run stand between them for the fifth wicket left Australia just 5 runs behind the 152-run lead. Notably, the two batsmen faced 390 balls, enough to tie the match. Handscomb scored 68 off 193 balls, while Marsh faced 197 deliveries to reach his fifty.

      Australia was on back foot and required some awe aspiring efforts when they came out to bat on final day with 23/2. India needed 8 wickets to win the match. The home side stared the day on a high note tacking two crucial wickets of Steve Smith and Matt Renshaw. But, that was not the end of the hope for the visitors. Handscomb and Marsh’s nagging fifties helped Australia stay level in the four-match Test series. The wicketless second session increased India’s trouble as Aussies were getting closer to the draw with each over passing.

      The key reason why India missed the bus on day five reaching so close to the victory is R Ashwin’s off-colored bowling. Ashwin took just one wicket in the second innings. Not very often do we see Ashwin struggling for wickets, particularly on final day in the subcontinent. But, Australian batsmen proved him of a sort in Ranchi on day five of India Vs Australia third Test. Jadeja, from the other end, continued the aggression and picked up 4 wickets in the second innings. He clinched a total of 9 wickets in the match.

     The draw was more than a win for Australia as it needed them to put some grueling efforts both while bowling and batting. India had left Australia with just two options: they could either lose or draw on day 5. Australia would be happy with the draw.