India and Australia locked the series at 1-1 to the final match after the third test. The tumultuous innings from Australia let them pull up the game to draw, denying India from batting again by the end of the fifth day. The match, unlike the previous ones, had the positives of Ranchi pitch that showered high scores to batsmen from both the teams. The next match in Dharamshala will be the series decider.
Australia scored 451 runs in the first inning, batting for 137.3 overs. In the stretch, captain Steven Smith remained unbeaten reaching 178. Glenn Maxwell, the new entrant to the series scored 104 runs challenging India with a considerable figure. Other batsmen in the inning also added good runs. Matt Renshaw scored 44 and Mathew Wade scored 37. India started the first inning chase with a headstrong play. The opening partnership between Lokesh Rahul and Murali Vijay stretched to 31.2 overs was the indication of a strong reply. They both marked their scores to run pass the half centuries. Lokesh Rahul had 67 and M Vijay scored 82 in the stretch. After L Rahul was removed Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara partnered for almost 40 overs hauling the score to 193.
Kohli came after M Vijay for a short stint contributing a paltry digit, but the big score was from Pujara. The batsman scored 202 runs in the inning batting for more than 100 overs. He was removed in 193.2 overs hauling the score to 527. A good partnership in the inning was between Wriddhiman Saha and Pujara. Saha came up as the second-best scorer in the inning with 117 runs. India aggregated 603 runs in the inning playing until the afternoon session of the fourth day.
Australia started its trail by the evening session of the fourth day. The team was struck with the early wickets of its openers. David Warner and Nathan Lyon were removed before the end of the day. The visitors were at 23 for 2 wickets in 7.2 overs. In the following day, the fifth day of the test, Australia could not have better fortunes with runs, but India bowlers remained futile against the salvaging partnership between Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb. Marsh scored 53 runs and Handscomb remained unbeaten with 72 runs. Thus, Australia hauled the score to 204 runs drawing the match by end of the day.
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