Following India’s dramatic comeback to win the second Test in Bengaluru and level the series 1-1 against Australia, all eyes are now on the third game as the Jharkhand State Cricket Association International Stadium gears up to host its first ever five-day game in Ranchi.
While Australia is one win away from retaining the Border-Gavaskar trophy after their victory in the Pune Test, India needs to win the match to keep the series alive.
Here are highlights from Ranchi Test:
So this is lunch on the first Day in Ranchi. Australia’s score reads 109/3 with Smith batting on 34 and Handscomb on 6.
Smith gets a lucky boundary here off Umesh.
Now Umesh appeals as the Ball wraps Handscomb on the pads. But that was going down the leg and the Indians didn’t use the DRS. Australia’s score reads 96/2
Handscomb starts off in style. Australia’s score reads 93/2
WICKET! Ashwin pitched that on the legs of Shaun Marsh and the ball clearly hits the bat and then the pad. Umpire does not move and the Indians go for a DRS. The review shows Marsh (2) is gone. India get their third in the first session. Australia’s score reads 89/3
Smith dances down the track to hit Ashwin straight and. Two runs for Smith as Australia’s score reads 88/2
Shaun Marsh takes over after Renshaw’s exit. Smith and Marsh need to see the team through to lunch. Australia’s score reads 85/2
WICKET! Renshaw goes down for 44. He was caught by Kolhi on Umesh Yadav’s ball. Australia’s score reads 80/2
First false shot from Renshaw as he looks to drive Ashwin and the balls almost lands in the bowler’s palm. Australia’s score reads 78/1
An appeal from the Indians as Renshaw tries to flick that one and the ball hits the pad and goes straight to Rahane at first slip off Jadeja’s ball. No review asked for in this case. Australia’s score reads 75/1
Jadeja bowls to Smith and the Australia skipper whips that one away as Ashwin literally guides that one to the fence. Australia’s score reads 68/1
Already seven boundaries for Renshaw in this innings. He has 28 off his 34 runs coming in boundaries. Australia’s score reads 59/1
Smith gets his first boundary. Australia’s score reads 54/1
WICKET! Australia lose Warner against the run of play. That was a loopy full toss which Warner (19) hit back straight to Jadeja. A good reflex catch by the bowler. Australia’s score reads 50/1
50 up for India as Warner leans into that one from Jadeja to get this through the covers for a boundary. Australia’s score reads 50/0
Half volley outside off-stump by Umesh Yadav and Renshaw, great cover drive. Australia 31 for 0 after 6 overs.
Ishant again straying down the leg-side and easy pickings for Renshaw. Another boundary to his name. Australia 22 for 0.
Renshaw picks up his third boundary of the innings using the pace of the ball and steers it down through the vacant third-man region.
Great comeback by Renshaw. Clipped it through the on-side and picks up a boundary.
Huge Appeal for LBW! Great length and caught Renshaw in the crease. The umpire rules it in favour of the batsman. Replays suggest it pitched outside leg-stump.
Good delivery from Ishant. Caught Renshaw in two minds. Beaten at the end outside off-stump.
Australia 6 for 0 after 2 overs.
Umesh Yadav to share the new ball with Ishant Sharma. Warner gets off the mark straight away with a couple.
Four! First runs for Australia. Renshaw tucks it away off his legs for a boundary.
Ishant Sharma to start proceedings for India with the new ball. Matt Renshaw to take first strike.
Playing Eleven of Team Australia for 3rd Test: Warner, Renshaw, Smith, Marsh, Handscomb, Maxwell, Wade, Cummins, O’Keefe, Lyon, Hazlewood
Playing Eleven of Team India for 3rd Test (Ranchi): Rahul, Vijay,Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Nair, Ashwin, Saha, Jadeja,U Yadav, Sharma INDvsAUS
Australia have won the toss and elected to bat first
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