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Day 5

736dThe Report by Daniel Brettig

Handscomb, Marsh pull off great escape

Through strong concentration and sure-footed technique, the Australian duo staved off India and ensured the Border-Gavaskar Trophy bout remained locked at 1-1

736dESPNcricinfo staff

Saving the day

After Australia survive day five in Ranchi, we look at five famous Test rearguards in recent years

736dKarthik Krishnaswamy in Ranchi

Ashwin's late entry poses questions

Did Virat Kohli get his tactics right on the final day in Ranchi? Going by his fast bowlers' lines and R Ashwin's late introduction, the Indian captain took a few puzzling calls

Day 4

737dThe Report by Daniel Brettig

Jadeja leads India's charge after Pujara 202

Cheteshwar Pujara secured the longest occupation ever by an Indian batsman in terms of balls faced as he and Wriddhiman Saha ground Australia's bowlers into the Ranchi dust on the fourth day

737dDaniel Brettig

Smith, Lehmann seek elusive rearguard

The last time Australia successfully batted out the final day of a Test to secure a draw was in 2011, and Steven Smith and Darren Lehmann were hopeful the wait would end in Ranchi

737dBharath Seervi

Pujara plays India's longest innings

Stats highlights from the fourth day in Ranchi, where Cheteshwar Pujara batted for ages and the Australians toiled like they haven't had to in many years

737dESPNcricinfo staff

Plot watch - Jadeja's rough

Dark patches outside the left-handers' off stump caused Australia some concern, but the rest of the Ranchi pitch continued to play well

737dJarrod Kimber in Ranchi

The Ranchi daymare

What an Australian fielder might have experienced on day four, watching Cheteshwar Pujara go on and on and on. And then, those hellish eight overs to stumps...

737dKarthik Krishnaswamy in Ranchi

Greater confidence and more runs for Saha

The India wicketkeeper batsman, since making his maiden century in the West Indies, has been one of the team's most dependable resources

737dKarthik Krishnaswamy in Ranchi

India bash through another big total

For the third time this home season, the team took the lead after its opposition put up 400 batting first but the Ranchi effort was special

Day 3

738dThe Report by Daniel Brettig

Pujara, Cummins leave Test on even footing

Cheteshwar Pujara's 11th Test ton - the first for India in this series - ensured the hosts did not fall prey to outstanding bowling from Pat Cummins, who took four wickets

738dESPNcricinfo staff

Plot watch - Bat first? Or pad first?

The DRS was once again in the spotlight on the third day in Ranchi, after TV umpire Nigel Llong upheld the not-out decision for an lbw appeal against Cheteshwar Pujara

738dJarrod Kimber in Ranchi

Cummins, the fast bowler who flies

The 23-year old has had an injury-ravaged career. He came to India with little preparation but emerged the leader of Australia's attack on a pitch that had nothing for him

738dKarthik Krishnaswamy in Ranchi

Vijay rues playing a good shot at a bad time

M Vijay, in his 50th Test, made 82 runs at the top of the order to help India respond solidly to Australia's 451 but fell on the stroke of lunch on day three in Ranchi

738dKarthik Krishnaswamy in Ranchi

Pujara swears by his survival guide

The forays down the pitch and the leaves outside off stump revealed a largely unchanged batting formula that has brought Cheteshwar Pujara rich rewards

738dS Rajesh and Bharath Seervi

The Pujara v Cummins battle

Pat Cummins was outstanding on the third day in Ranchi, but he couldn't find a way past Cheteshwar Pujara

738dBrydon Coverdale

Cummins has exceeded expectation - Saker

Australia's bowling coach David Saker says they've got much more out of Pat Cummins than they expected after drafting him into the Test squad as a replacement for the injured Mitchell Starc

Day 2

739dThe Report by Daniel Brettig

India solid in reply to Australia's 451

Glenn Maxwell's first Test hundred and an unbeaten century from Steven Smith highlighted the second day in Ranchi which also saw a solid reply from India's top order

739dMelinda Farrell in Ranchi

Emotional Maxwell scales his peak at last

Glenn Maxwell's Test career seemed dead in the water after a long spell in the wilderness. But he never gave up hope of making the grade, and now has his coveted maiden century

739dJarrod Kimber in Ranchi

Australia's battle of patience

Despite Steven Smith's remarkable ton, despite Glenn Maxwell's barely believable knock, despite having 451 on the board, it seems the Ranchi Test is still in the balance for Australia

739dKarthik Krishnaswamy in Ranchi

Jadeja no longer playing second fiddle

The allrounder's return of 5 for 124 on a placid Ranchi pitch meant he went past R Ashwin's tally of first-innings wicket this season

Day 1

741dThe Report by Daniel Brettig

Smith, Maxwell lead Australia dominance

Steven Smith passed 5,000 Test runs en route to his second hundred of the series, and along with Glenn Maxwell's composed unbeaten 82, carried Australia into the ascendancy.

740dAakash Chopra

Breaking down Smith's unusual but effective game

Steven Smith is a classic example of the essentials of batting at the crease and the fact that some may find his game seemingly unaesthetic takes nothing away from its effectiveness

740dKarthik Krishnaswamy in Ranchi

India bowlers take assistance from the air

Once set, Smith and Maxwell became surer with their footwork, and there was little India's spinners could do but plug away and hope for an error. With a little help from the air above the pitch,

740dBharath Seervi

Smith - 5000 runs in 97 innings, 53 matches

3 Visiting captains to score two or more centuries in a series in India. Smith is the third to do so, in this series. The first was Clive Lloyd who achieved this on two tours - 1974-75 and 1983-84, tw

740dKarthik Krishnaswamy

Kohli to undergo scans on right shoulder

The BCCI said "there are no serious concerns which will hamper his speedy recovery" and he will continue to receive treatment, which will assist him to play the match.

740dJarrod Kimber in Ranchi

Maxwell, the unlikely maverick, turns up to save the day

On a pitch most suited for him on this tour, David Warner, the T20-specialist-turned-Test star, got his eye in and then played a wasteful shot. The grown-up knock came from another T20 specialist, instead: Glenn Maxwell


733dMark Nicholas

What Ranchi tells us about bat sizes

The rearguard is a wonderful thing and not so retro as may be thought. While Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh dug deep on Monday, defying India's assumption that the match was theirs (assumption, they

741dMelinda Farrell in Ranchi

The long break and the premiership quarter

Australia's tour of India has been a bit like an AFL game and they go into the third Test knowing a victory could help them retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy

741dKarthik Krishnaswamy in Ranchi

How Pujara and Rahane repelled Lyon

Both batsmen fell cheaply in the first innings in Bengaluru but after some minor technical adjustments they put on the only wicketless session of the series so far and helped India draw level in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy

Fifth-wicket rescue


No. of consecutive inns without a century partnership for 5th wkt for Australia, before this match. In this Test, they have had 100+ stands in both inns for the wkt.

Jadeja again


No. of times Jadeja has dismissed Smith in this series. He has scored 105 off 320 balls at SR of 32.82. Against all others bowlers: 266 off 506, SR of 52.56 with 2 dismissals.

rely on smith


Smith's average in 3rd inns of Tests in his last 6 inns, before this. His scores: 138, 70*, 31, 63, 59, 109.

Pujara's second double


No. of double-centuries for Pujara against Australia, joint-most among Indian batsmen with Tendulkar and Laxman and joint third-most overall.

New record


Previous most number of balls faced by an Indian in a Test innings, by Rahul Dravid in his innings of 270 in Rawalpindi in 2004. Pujara has faced 500+ balls so far.

Pujara's top season


No. of centuries for Pujara in this first-class season, the joint 2nd-most in an Indian fc season. Laxman (8) made the most whereas Pataudi & Gavaskar also made 7.

Long ago


Last time India's top-3 all scored 50+ in the same Test inns, vs NZ in Nagpur. India had 8 such instances between 2006 and 2010 but this inns is the first since then.

Vijay-Pujara stand tall


No. of century partnerships between Vijay and Pujara in this 2016-17 season - the 2nd-most by any pair in a season. Hayden-Ponting had 7 in 2005-06, the most.