India Vs Australia: Handscomb, Marsh stay defiant as third Test results in a draw
By Venkata Krishna B | Express News Service | Published: 20th March 2017 04:36 PM |
RANCHI: The third Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy ended in a draw as Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh led the rescue act after Australia loosing the wickets of Matt Renshaw and Steve Smith in the first session of the fifth day.
Handscomb and Marsh's stand of 124 runs for the fifth-wicket helped Australia to 204/6 as India struggled to get the remaining eight wickets on the final day as the pitch didn't offer much assistance. The series remains 1-1 with Dharamsala set to host the fourth and final Test beginning on March 25.
Coming together after Renshaw and Smith were dismissed in successive overs in the morning session of Day 5, the two defied the Indian attack for nearly two sessions with solid defense and ability to leave the ball, before Marsh (53) departed to Ravindra Jadeja.
With the pitch not deteriorating, the Indian bowlers toiled hard to break this partnership, but never came close to it for 62 overs.
Glenn Maxwell too departed there after for 2, but Matthew Wade, in company with Handscomb (72 not out) ensured there was no more space for late drama
Earlier, Renshaw and Smith, resuming the battle from overnight total of 23/2, were cautious against Jadeja, who bowled unchanged from the South Pavilion End. Targeting the rough spot, he kept troubling Renshaw with his accuracy, but the left-hander used his feet well to negotiate the turn.
With the pitch not offering any assistance, skipper Virat Kohli made the pacers Umesh Yadav and Ishant to bowl wide of the off-stump, meaning Australia didn't get any easy runs. Once the hardness on the surface disappeared, India were back to attacking the stumps and Ishant got the better of Renshaw for 15, adjudged LBW.
Off the next over bowled by Jadeja, Smith, who until then was padding away deliveries that was pitched outside leg-stump, made an error in judgement. Trying to pad the delivery without reaching for it, he didn't offer a shot, and Jadeja had the off-stump uprooted leaving Marsh and Handscomb to do the rescue job.