Australia proved they were no muppets with the bat on final day of the Ranchi Test, as they displayed a gutsy batting performance to keep their chances of retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy alive.
It was a nervy day filled with anticipation for both teams. Resuming at 23/2, the visitors were required to survive the entire Day 5 on the worsening Ranchi wicket.
After the culmination of the first session where the visitors lost two more wickets, the game tilted towards India and the only team which was on the verge of losing was Australia. The loss of Matt Renshaw and Steven Smith in quick succession was bothersome but fortunately, there were two other men firmly determined to take their team home – Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh.
The duo showed a great deal of intent and played out 62.1 overs between themselves to effectively thwart the Indians. Both Handscomb and Marsh added 124 runs for the fifth wicket and frustrated the Indian spin pair of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja to a great extent.
Their gigantic effort tired the Indian bowlers and by the time the final hour of the last session arrived, all the hosts players had their shoulders dropped low, showing clear signs of hopelessness and that they just wanted the game to end. Handscomb and Marsh came in at 63/4 and by the time the stand was broken with the wicket of Marsh, Australia had 187/4 in 91 overs.
?#INDvAUS what a series! With 1 test to go home side will be getting nervous ? Have a good night ??
— Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) March 20, 2017
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) March 20, 2017
It is good if we could produce the wicket which would produce result #INDvAUS
— giftsonraja (@giftsonraja) March 20, 2017
Pujara should not ne blamed for this draw. Blame it on Kohli's poor captaincy and dismal bowling of Ashwin.#IndvAus
— Lame Monk (@oldschoolmonk) March 20, 2017
— Bargey (@mrbargearse) March 20, 2017
— Adrian Scicluna (@sucky_01) March 20, 2017
— SACHIN SOURAV JHA (@SACHINSOURAVJHA) March 20, 2017
— Crackers (@crackers1978) March 20, 2017
Massive effort from Shaun Marsh & Handscomb. Both batted out of their skin to save this match. Sets up a thrilling final Test. #INDvAUS
— Waѕiyullah Budye (@WasiyullahB) March 20, 2017
— Kush Sharma (@TheKushS) March 20, 2017
Aussies on the back of Handscomb and Marsh bat out for a draw on the final day, denied spin twins Jadeja and Ashwin to save Test #IndvAus
— Robert Smith (@OnyaDon) March 20, 2017
1st they Pissed off. Now asking for how long??? Typical Aus #IndvAus
— నాగసముద్రం బుజ్జి (@INTJ_T) March 20, 2017
This is dragging on like a channel 7 finale #INDvAUS
— Murray Bowman™ (@murray_bowman) March 20, 2017
— Tom TheDevilsHunter (@karakbilla) March 20, 2017
— Sandeep Parkhi (@sparkhi) March 20, 2017
IMO I think Jadeja makes Ashwin good. His control from the other end allows him to get wickets through variations #INDvAUS
— Matt Blandford (@Matt_Blandford) March 20, 2017
Steve Smith is building a scary team. #INDvAUS
— Athul (@athulpkrishnan) March 20, 2017
— Bilal ?? (@Shk__Bilal) March 20, 2017
— Ghanashyam (@npPoet) March 20, 2017