Cheteshwar Pujara scored a valiant 202 off 525 balls, whereas, Wriddhiman Saha racked up 233 ball 117 to hurt Australia on day of the Ranchi Test match. Riding on their longstanding tons, India first overcame the trail and later put up a lead of 142 in their first innings (603/9). To help the cause Ravindra Jadeja also scored an unbeaten 54. Also, at stumps the sword-man had David Warner and Nathan Lyon with peach of deliveries to his name.
From an overnight score of 360 for six, India just another 253 in almost 80 overs to script a turnaround for the hosts, after they were baffled by Australia in the first innings. Pujara, who by last night faced 325 balls looked more solid with each passing delivery. At least for an early hour no bowler seem to disturb his concentration. On the other hand, Saha didn’t allow the attack to pressurize him either as he went on with the snail approach towards a big score.
For almost two sessions both the batsman held onto their places and slowly and steadily and came close in cutting down the trail. Once they did, they paced their innings well, and in the wake to put more runs on board, they gave away their wickets. Pujara’s remarkable innings which was timed for whooping 668 minutes was lauded by the social media, whereas, Saha’s went on to impress again with his bat.
Australian’s were struggling, it was right and with the tired yet ambitious efforts they were failing in their attempt. However, when both of them departed India was on 541, hundred ahead of Australia’s first innings total.
Later, it was the Ravindra Jadeja show altogether. He was quick in completing his fifty, which included three sixes too. With some helpful assistance from Umesh Yadav, he guided India past 600. Virat Kohli, then declared the innings and gave the visitors ten overs to bat on.
In their second innings, they lost two wickets by the time stumps was taken; David Warner (14) and Nathan Lyon (2), that too bowled by Jadeja. They finished with the scoreline of 23 for two and are trailing behind with 129 runs with eight wickets.
Australia – 451, 23/2; David Warner 14(16), Ravindra Jadeja 2/6
India – 603/9d; Cheteshwar Pujara 202(525), Wriddhiman Saha 117(233), Pat Cummings 4/106.