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in the 54th over, but re­plays showed that he pos­si­bly grassed it. The bats­men were called back, but two balls later, Ash­win trapped Josh Ha­zle­wood lbw for a duck.

Aus­tralia were re­duced to 92-5 at tea. Umesh Ya­dav had David Warner (6) caught be­hind and he also ac­counted for Matt Ren­shaw (8), also caught be­hind.

In be­tween, In­dia got the prize wicket as Bhu­vnesh­war Ku­mar (127) bowled cap­tain Steve Smith for just 17. The skip­per, who scored 499 runs this series, played on.

Peter Hand­scomb (18) and Glenn Maxwell (37 not out) de­fied the In­dian at­tack, as the duo added 56 runs for the fourth wicket. Maxwell played some at­tack­ing strokes, hit­ting five fours and a six.

Ear­lier, Nathan Lyon (5-92) picked up his ninth five-wicket haul in Test cricket as In­dia were bowled out for 332 runs. The hosts took a 32-run first in­nings’ lead.

Start­ing from overnight 2486, Wrid­hi­man Saha (31) and Ravin­dra Jadeja (63) ex­tended their sev­enth-wicket part­ner­ship to 96 runs.

The four-match series is pegged at 1-1. Aus­tralia won the first Test in Pune by 333 runs, while In­dia won the sec­ond in Bengaluru by 75.

The Third Test in Pune was drawn. AP

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In­dia’s Ravichan­dran Ash­win (left) cel­e­brates tak­ing the wicket of Aus­tralia’s Glenn Maxwell at The Hi­machal Pradesh Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion Sta­dium in Dharamsala yes­ter­day.

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