A defiant knock from Cheteshwar Pujara helped India stay afloat in the Test match after third days play at Ranchi. Resuming the day for 120 for 1, Pujara went to score his tenth Test ton as he played some brilliant shots en route to his century.
First with Murali Vijay (82) he added 102 for the second wicket. Next he added 51 and 44 for the fourth and fifth wicket respectively with Ajinkya Rahane and Karun Nair. Virat Kohli was unfortunate to be dismissed for 6, thereby continuing his bad form in the series.
On a pitch which was expected to be a rank turner, it was Pat Cummins who broke through the Indian batting line up. He was impeccable with line and length and time and time again pegged the Indian batemen with bouncers.
Interestingly Steve Smith wasted both reviews even before the first session of play was over. While Pujara was eventually not out Murali Vijay survived a close call. Replays showed that Pujara did not touch the ball while Murali Vijay had a close one which went on his favor.
It was a good day for the Indian team at Ranchi as they scored 240 runs at the cost of 5 wickets. This sets up the last two days play interestingly with India trailing by 91 runs. With the Ranchi pitch yet to turn, it will be interesting to see if it offers any spin in the remaining game.
Brief scores: Australia 451 lead India 360/6 (Cheteshwar Pujara 130*, Murali Vijay 82; Pat Cummins 4-59) by 91 runs