The third Test between India and Australia at Ranchi ended in a draw after Australian batsmen showed their temperament on day 5. Australia began the day on their overnight score of 23/2 and after showing brilliant patience on the crease they ended the day on 204/6. At the end of the day, Australia was leading by 52 runs.
With this result, the 4-match Test series remained 1-1 after the third Test.
Brief Scores: Australia – 451 (Steven Smith 178*, Glenn Maxwell 104, Ravindra Jadeja 5/124) & 204/6 (Peter Handscomb 72*, Shaun Marsh 53, Ravindra Jadeja 4/54)
India – 603/9 decl. (Cheteshwar Pujara 202, Wriddhiman Saha 117, Pat Cummins 4/59)
Result – Match Drawn
Here are some statistical highlights of Day 5 of the 3rd Test:
- Australian batsmen Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh put up a patience match saving 124 runs partnership for the 5th wicket after facing 373 balls. It is the most no. of balls faced (where the no.of balls face recorded) by 5th wicket Australian pair in their second innings of a test match. The previous record was facing 336 balls and that was also against India at Chennai in 2004.
Meanwhile, it (373 balls) is the third most no. of balls faced (where the no.of balls face recorded) for any Australian partnership in their second innings of a Test match. The top two in this list are: 435 balls faced by Phil Jaques and Simon Katich (for the 1st wicket against West Indies at Bridgetown in 2008) and 391 balls faced by Simon Katich and Justin Langer (for the 6th wicket against Sri Lanka at Colombo, SSC in 2004).
- Australian batsmen Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh batted impressively which helped Australia to draw this Test comfortably. Unbeaten Handscomb faced exactly 200 deliveries while Marsh faced 197 deliveries during Australia’s second innings. Handscomb and Marsh became respectively 4th and 5th most facing deliveries (where the no.of balls face recorded) Australian batsman in the second innings of a Test match on the Indian soil. The top 3 in this list are 221 deliveries faced by Steve Waugh (at Delhi in 1996), 210 deliveries faced by Damien Martyn (at Chennai in 2004) and 202 deliveries faced by Steven Smith (at Pune in 2017).
- Indian left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja bowled very impressively and also he was very economical during Australia’s second innings. Jadeja’s final bowling figure in that innings was 44-18-54-4 and his final economy rate was just 1.22. Bowling 40 overs (or 240 balls) or more than in a Test innings, it is the second best economical spell by an Indian bowler against Australia. The record is just 1.18 by Bishan Singh Bedi (62.4-33-74-3) at Mumbai (Brabourne Stadium) in 1969.
- In this Test match, Indian left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja bowled total 93.3 overs (49.3 overs during Australia’s first innings and 44 overs during Australia’s second innings) which means he bowled total 561 deliveries. It is the most no.of deliveries bowled by an Indian bowler against Australia on the Indian soil. The previous record was total 91 overs bowled by Srinivas Venkataraghavan at Chennai in 1979.
On the other hand, it is the 3rd most no. of deliveries bowled by an Indian bowler against Australia (at the overall venue). The top two in this list are: 573 deliveries (95.3 overs) bowled by Shivlal Yadav at Sydney in 1986 and 572 deliveries (71.4 overs; 8 balls per over in that time) bowled by Erapalli Prasanna at Brisbane in 1968.
- Total 2,685 deliveries bowled in this match. Since 2000, it is the most no.of deliveries bowled in a Test match without playing 4th innings. The previous record was for 2,664 deliveries between West Indies and India at St. John’s in 2002.
- Playing 200 overs (or 1200 deliveries) or more in one innings, India never won that Test match. India played 210 overs during their first innings. It was the 10th time India batted for 200 overs or more than that in a Test innings, out of which 9 times the Tests were resulted drawn and only the other once India faced a defeat.
- Indian cricketer Ravindra Jadeja came close to becoming the first Indian cricketer to score 50+ runs in an innings and also to take twice 5-wicket haul in the same Test match. This achievement has been held for 13 times and 12 cricketers has achieved this feat (former New Zealand cricketer Sir Richard Hadlee had achieved that twice).