Player of the Match
Player of the Match

100 | 4 Runs | AUS: 204/6

  • Peter Handscomb72 (200b)
  • Matthew Wade9 (16b)
  • Ravindra Jadeja44-18-54-4
  • Ravichandran Ashwin30-10-71-1

4.55pm That's the end of my favourite Test this India home season. Australia won the biog toss, their under-pressure captain let his bat don the talking, India then kept fighting to stay afloat, and with India pulling ahead, Australia threw everything they had at them to make sure India delay their declaration, and then India were all over Australia before Handscomb and marsh batted them to safety. The pitch played its part: you could get wickets and score runs but only if you bowled or batted really well. It wasn't so flat that you wouldn't need good technique; it wasn't so bowler-friendly that you could just put the ball there and expect wickets. The physical wear showed on both the sides too. Interestingly Kohli complained about the quality of the balls: not hard enough. That is something for the BCCI to take up with SG

Spare a thought for all the players - the likes of O'Keefe, Jadeja, Cummins, Hazlewood, Yadav more so - who will have only four days to recover and then come back to doing this. They are lucky that match will be played up in the hills so weather there should be pleasant. Thanks for joining us for this one

I will end with this from Matt: "Well done to both team. Great bowling from Udav - brilliant fightback innings from smith and maxwell. Beilliant Cummins to get something from nothing - even better innings from pujara. Fantastic innings from Hanscomb - even better from Marsh with rough outside off. Love test cricket. If only the players could give each other the respect they both so clearly deserve. Being on 4th test!"

Time for the presentation now

"It was nervous," says Steven Smith. "A pretty good test. Proud of the way the boys stuck it out. That's what we want to be. Resilient. They played beautifully today. They didn't look like they would get out for a while. It was crucial for us, at such an important time. It was important to score big first-innings run, we left ourselves a bit short there. 450 was not enough to win this match. Maxwell was sensational. That's the way we want him to play. Pat Cummins, in his first game in a very long time, he bowled beautifully. Not too foten you spend 210 overs in the field. It was a long two days. The boys really dug deep. I am really proud. Massive game in Dharamsala, can't wait to get there."

"We got ourselves into a very good position," says Virat Kohli. "Losing the toss here was never easy. Not being able to take the field and watching the opposition get big runs was difficult. But we batted beautifully. KL and M Vijay, but the partnership between Saha and Pujara is the best I have seen. We didn't expect a 150 lead. Yesterday two wickets, we thought we had a good chance, but credit to the two batsmen, they batted really well. Guys want to push the barrier, their physical limits, their mental toughness. Credit to Australia for playing out the draw, but we played ourselves into a position where we could win. When you play only one format, you are always extra determined to make it count. Pujara is very motivated, and he is really good at test battimg. This is the best I have watched him bat. Saha did it in West Indies, he did it in Calcutta as well, and here under pressure, he really stood up. You feel happy for him because he is such a wonderful guy. Always smiling, always happy for whoever achieves anything. I don't think it was the wicket, it was the ball, soft, not doing much. I don't know about the lot of balls. Jadeja is unbelievable. He is gun in the field too. I have never seen anyone bowl so economically for so long ever. Dharamsala, no different from what I have done here. We have given our best here, and as long as we keep doing that, I am sure we will get ourselves into winning positions."

"I think it was much-needed for the team," says Cheteshwar Pujara, the Man of the Match. "When Wriddhi came in, we had a chat we needed a big partnership. I never thought I would play so many balls, but once I was in I knew I had to bat long to reach close to their total. I do get tempted to hit in the air, but you have to look at the bigger picture. There was a situation when we couldn't afford to lose another wicket, so I had to restrict myself. It is natural. I don't think I need any external motivation. They scored 450, to come back, go past that total, and ut them under such pressure, but Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb batted really well. You get fatigued, but I have been working hard on my fitness, careful with my diet, and hoping to recover soon for the big Test coming up.."

4.23pm Three minutes before the Australian declaration, Kohli offers Australia the draw, and they accept it. This has been a great comeback from Australia. The first time a visiting team has batted out a draw after trailing in the first innings in India since 2010-11. And that on a pitch with a lot of rough outside the left-hand batsmen's off stump. Peter Handscomb faced 200 balls, Shaun Marsh 197, and they have pulled out a draw, kept the series alive, paid back the bowlers who busted their guts on day four to delay India's declaration. This is one great escape from the moment India looked like they were getting into lead soon after lunch on the fourth day. They criticised Smith for not bowling part-timers on day four, but he knew they needed to keep India in the middle for as long as they could so they have to bat fewer overs out to save the Test

Remember what Smith told Cricinfo before the start of the series: "Obviously you want to win first and foremost, but a draw's a much better result than a loss. If the game's dead and buried and we can't win, you want to see the fight and the willingness to put your natural game away and do everything you can to stay out there and get a draw."

Back to now. "It was a challenging day," says Shaun Marsh. "To get that result is a fantastic effort from the group. I was trying to stick to my plans. Really happy. You are trying not to think about the rough. Just play the ball."

"Obviously tough conditions," says "Coming with the result we wanted, looking forward to Dharamsala. Always liked playing against spin. Always tried to run down the wicket. Nice to bring those skills here against the best team in the world in their conditions. After three Tests to be 1-1 is great, against such a talented team in their own conditions."

You beauty Aust: "There you go. Safe. Epic. Handsconb confirms hes a star. Came of age. And Marsh defied the pitch, the Indians, the heat and let's face it 95% of the cricket world. This series will be a watershed for this team. They were meant to get hammered 4 nil. But thus far they've win a match, nearly won the next and now the great escape. They've shown a terrific fighting spirit. And now we have a hand on the trophy. India the only one who has ro win. Pressure will be huge given they were meant to be 3 nil up."

Jadeja to Handscomb, no run, double Cowan for Handscomb as he defends one outside leg
Jadeja to Handscomb, no run, kicks one away outside leg
Jadeja to Handscomb, no run, full, outside leg, defended

Over the wicket

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.