Ranchi, March 21: The third test between India and Australia on Monday ended in a draw. However, it was Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb’s partnership of 124-runs for fifth-wicket which saved Australia from a defeat. Notably, Indian team failed to pick up eight wickets on the fifth day. With this draw, the series is still tied at 1-1, with one Test to go, at Dharamsala from March 25.
Handscomb 72 runs not out and Marsh 53 runs knock forged a brilliant 124-run fifth-wicket stand as Australia ended at 204/6 and denied the India’s chance of gaining a 2-1 lead in the series. Both the middle order batsmen showed patience and skills to stitch a partnership of 124 runs for the fifth wicket. Australia scored 451 & 204/6 in 100 overs in response to India's 603/9 (declared).
Chasing a 152-run deficit in the first innings, Australia were at one time struggling at 63/4. But Marsh and Handscomb were just not in the mood to surrender. By the time Marsh fell, becoming Jadeja's fourth victim of the innings, the match was effectively over. Although Ravichandran Ashwin finally claimed a wicket, dismissing Glenn Maxwell, it was too little, too late.
Jadeja was the most effective Indian bowler with four wickets to his credit, to add to the five he had taken in the first innings. Ashwin was completely ineffective, while Sharma and Umesh Yadav looked threatening in patches, but in all, it was a rather poor bowling performance.
Cheteshwar Pujara was adjudged the man of the match for his double century during India's first innings. Pujara scored 202 runs off a marathon 525 deliveries on the fourth day to create the record of most balls faced in an innings by an Indian batsman. He is the first Indian to face more than 400 balls in a Test innings at home since V.V.S. Laxman batted 452 deliveries during his 281-run knock against Australia during the Kolkata Test in 2001.