AUS­TRALIA SAL­VAGE DRAW

Marsh, Hand­scomb help avoid de­feat in third Test

New Straits Times - - Sport -

GRITTY half-cen­turies from Peter Hand­scomb and Shaun Marsh en­abled Aus­tralia to hold out for a draw in the third Test against In­dia yes­ter­day, leav­ing the four-match se­ries tan­ta­lis­ingly poised at 1-1.

Aus­tralia, who be­gan their sec­ond in­nings 152 runs adrift of the hosts, were in deep trou­ble af­ter be­ing re­duced to 63-4 in Ranchi be­fore Hand­scomb (72 not out) and Marsh (53) put on 124 for the fifth wicket.

The tourists even­tu­ally reached 204 for 6 at stumps on the fifth and fi­nal day, af­ter the hosts made a mam­moth 603-9 de­clared in their first in­nings.

In­dia's Ravin­dra Jadeja claimed four wick­ets to re­turn with over­all match fig­ures of 9178 at In­dia's new­est Test venue.

But it was Chetesh­war Pu­jara (202) and Wrid­dhi­man Saha (117) who were the main stars of the match for In­dia af­ter their 199run sev­enth-wicket stand on Sun­day.

The left-right bat­ting com­bine of Hand­scomb and Marsh out­ma­noeu­vered the In­dian bowlers dur­ing their 232-minute re­sis­tance which was bro­ken late in the fi­nal ses­sion.

Jadeja dis­missed Marsh and his fel­low spin­ner Ravichan­dran Ashwin then claimed the wicket of first in­nings cen­tu­rion Glenn Maxwell for two, giv­ing In­dia brief hope of a dra­matic fi­nal twist in the tale.

But a com­posed Hand­scomb played out the re­main­ing few overs with Wade for com­pany as Aus­tralia avoided de­feat in their 800th Test.

The two teams now head to Dharam­sala for the fourth and fi­nal match start­ing March 25. AFP

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Aus­tralia’s Peter Hand­scomb (right) con­grat­u­lates team­mate Shaun Marsh on scor­ing fifty runs dur­ing the fifth day of their third Test yes­ter­day.

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