India began the fourth day of the Ranchi Test against Australia at 391/6, 60 runs behind the visitors’ first innings total of 451, but the hosts comfortably surpassed it thanks to brilliant knocks from Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha.

Saha joined Pujara in the middle when the hosts were in a spot of bother after being reduced to 328/6. However, both batsmen stitched together a stunning unbeaten partnership of 193* runs (last heard) to not only bail India out of trouble but also put them in a commanding position. Meanwhile, both batsmen reached personal milestones as Pujara completed his third double century in Tests while Saha scored his third century.

Pujara’s marathon knock came off 521 balls and he has now become the Indian batsman to face more than 500 balls in the longest format of the game. His brilliant knock was studded with 21 fours. On the other hand, Saha’s ton came off 214 balls. Last heard, India were 520 for 6, 69 runs ahead of Australia’s first innings total while Pujara and Saha were batting on 200 and 106 respectively.

As expected, fans on social media went berserk after the duo’s remarkable show in the match. Here are some of the best reactions:


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