Australia put forward a display of complete batting masterclass as they batted out of their skin to save the third Test at Ranchi. Beginning the day after losing two wickets (on Day 4), skipper Steven Smith and Matt Renshaw resisted for an hour before the Indian bowlers struck twice on the brink of lunch. The partnership of the day came between two talented batsmen in the form of Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb.

The duo seemed to be at absolute ease against the Indian spinners and batted the entire second session to ensure the visitors salvaged a hard earned draw. Their application and determination was the most impressive aspect as the duo countered Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja to perfection.

Post the draw, both individuals were quite satisfied with their efforts and seemed geared up for the final Test at Dharamsala.

“It was a challenging day,” said Shaun Marsh after his defiant knock at Ranchi.

“To get that result is a fantastic effort from the group. I was trying to stick to my plans. Really happy. You are trying not to think about the rough. Just play the ball.”

Peter Handscomb, who is on his debut tour of India, was ecstatic with his own contribution and maintained that the conditions were tough indeed.

“Obviously tough conditions,” said Handscomb.

“Coming with the result we wanted, looking forward to Dharamsala. Always liked playing against spin.

“Always tried to run down the wicket. Nice to bring those skills here against the best team in the world in their conditions. After three Tests to be 1-1 is great, against such a talented team in their own conditions,” Handscomb concluded.

The final Test of the Border-Gavaskar series will be played at Dharamsala from March 25.

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