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20-Mar-2017 11:10:00 GMT
India v Australia, 3rd Test, Ranchi, day 5

Handscomb, Marsh force draw Ranchi test

Ranchi: A battling performance by Peter Handscomb (72*) and Shaun Marsh (53) ensures a draw for Australia on the final day of the third Test at JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi on Monday.

Having conceded a 152-run first innings lead to India, Australia reached 204 for six in their second to force a draw.

Peter Handscomb top-scored for the tourists with an unbeaten 72, while India's left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja claimed 4-54.

The four-test series is level at 1-1 and the teams will now head to Dharamsala for the final match from Saturday

The tourists were 149 for four at tea.

Both Marsh and Handscomb struck seven boundaries each them as they outmaneuvered the Indian spinners with good feet movement.

Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, who claimed the prized scalp of skipper Steve Smith (21), kept the batsmen on tenterhooks but failed to get a breakthrough in the afternoon session.

Earlier quick bowler Ishant Sharma trapped Matt Renshaw lbw for 15, but it was Smith's wicket that brought a raucous home crowd to its feet after a quiet first hour of play.

Smith, who scored an unbeaten 178 in Australia's first innings score of 451, tried to pad away a vicious turning delivery from Jadeja but it spun from outside leg to rattle the right-handed batsman's off stump.

Virat Kohli's world-leading side seized control of the match on Sunday after declaring their first innings on 603 for nine, a lead of 152 runs over Australia.

Brief scores
Australia -
451 (Smith 178*, Maxwell 104, Jadeja 5-124) and 204 for 6 (Handscomb 72*, Marsh 53, Jadeja 4-54)
India - 603 for 9 dec (Pujara 202, Saha 117, Cummins 4-106)
Result -  Match drawn

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