Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    5.1 wide on the crease, and Jadeja produces a beauty. Uses the angle, pitches this smack in the rough, Warner plays back when he should be forward. Perhaps it is the flat trajectory. There is an explosion in the rough, the ball turns past the inside edge, stays a touch low too. Cleans him up 17/1
    28.4 A fired-up Ishant has produced the wicket. Clever bowling. He has set him up for the bouncer but has given him the full ball. On a length, just outside off, Renshaw caught back, the ball seams back in, stays a touch low, and traps him right in front. Renshaw is filthy with himself, but this has been good bowling 59/3
    7.2 Jadeja ends the day with a sign of things to come. The pitch is turning, so bowl a line and length that hits the stumps. Some drift, pitches middle and off, Lyon defends the line, the ball takes a piece of the pitch and turns past the edge to knock back the off stump 23/2
    29.1 Smith pads up to one outside leg, but it spins past the pad to flatten the off stump. This is an inverted replay of what Jadeja did to Smith four years ago in Delhi. Bowled when shouldering alone. So what has Smith done wrong here? This is outside leg, so it is okay to pad it away, but it is slightly half-committed padding. Doesn't cover the line enough, leaving the ball a chance to spin past the pad. Pujara used to stride forward when padding up. Smith has only half a forward movement. And Jadeja rips it from the rough. This could be over for Australia 63/4
    91.2 finally India get a wicket. Sixty-two overs after India last struck. And it is Jadeja yet again. On a length, slightly casual defence from Marsh, the ball bounces, hits him high on the bat, and easy catch is taken at forward short leg. A great innings from the much-maligned Marsh 187/5
    not out
    94.4 and India have got Maxwell. He quietly walks off. The carrom ball gets him. Again it's not because he hasn't picked it, but because it hasn't turned as much as expected. Maxwell bat-pads it to silly point 190/6
    not out
    16 (b 9, lb 4, nb 3)
    204/6 (100 Overs, RR: 2.04, 377 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-17 (DA Warner, 5.1 ov), 2-23 (NM Lyon, 7.2 ov), 3-59 (MT Renshaw, 28.4 ov), 4-63 (SPD Smith, 29.1 ov), 5-187 (SE Marsh, 91.2 ov), 6-190 (GJ Maxwell, 94.4 ov)
    R Ashwin30.0107112.3600
    RA Jadeja44.0185441.2200
    UT Yadav15.023602.4000
    I Sharma11.003012.7203

Close of Play

  • Thu, 16 Mar - day 1 - Australia 1st innings 299/4 (SPD Smith 117*, GJ Maxwell 82*, 90 ov)
  • Fri, 17 Mar - day 2 - India 1st innings 120/1 (M Vijay 42*, CA Pujara 10*, 40 ov)
  • Sat, 18 Mar - day 3 - India 1st innings 360/6 (CA Pujara 130*, WP Saha 18*, 130 ov)
  • Sun, 19 Mar - day 4 - Australia 2nd innings 23/2 (MT Renshaw 7*, 7.2 ov)
  • Mon, 20 Mar - day 5 - Australia 2nd innings 204/6 (100 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

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.