India Tightens Grip On Ranchi Test, Piles Up 603 Runs
Ranchi: India has tightened its grip over the third Test against Australia by dismissing opening batsman David Warner for 14 and Nothan Lyon for 2 in the second innings of the visitors. The second opening batsman Matt Renshaw was at the crease with seven runs at the end of the fourth day. Both the wickets were claimed by Ravindra Jadeja. Australia were 23/2 at stumps.
Earlier in the day, India had piled up a big score,603/9, with Wriddhiman Saha making 117 runs. Cheteshwar Pujara completed his double century before getting out at 202. This is his third double century in Test cricket. Ravindra Jadeja has hit 54 runs. The sound opening partnership between Lokesh Rahul (67) and Murali Vijay(82) gave India a strong foundation in the first innings. Though the injured captain Virat Kohli could not score beyond 8 runs, his colleagues have batted well and took India to a commanding position. After Cheteshwar Pujara-Wriddhiman Saha show it was Jadeja who continued the onslaught.
In their first innings Australians had made 451 runs. The visitors face a formidable task on the fifth and last day. They have to survive the whole day if the match has to end in a draw. India stands a fair chance of winning the match.