Thanks to the 124 run partnership between Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh, Australia have grinded out a draw in the fourth Test at Ranchi, from a position where India had the upperhand.
Day 4 saw Australia losing two quick wickets in their second innings as they were trailing by more than 150 runs. Day five saw Indian bowlers on the attack right from the outset> They managed to get Australia ‘s big fish Steve Smith in the first session of play, thereby drawing first blood.
India went into lunch having the upper hand in the contest and it was then that an India victory was the only outcome that looked possible. However, the post lunch session saw Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb join each other at the wicket and get a partnership going.
They batted through the next session to negate India any advantage and make their chances of winning the Test match look bleak. Marsh scored a fighting 53 before getting dismissed and Handscomb scored a gritty ad gutsy knock of 72 not out.
It was very much this partnership that settled the nerves in the Australia dressing room and by the time Marsh was dismissed, draw was the only result possible and that is what ultimately turned out to be.
Australia will be mighty pleased with the outcome of this result in the Test match. This keeps the series alive which means both teams will be going all out in the final test at Dharmasala.
As far as this Test match was concerned, between all the controversies, injuries and “mockgate” the match was an edge of the seat entertainer for the crowd which turned up in numbers to watch their team play.
Finally MS Dhoni also made his presence felt at the stadium to watch he last phase of play. A win for the Indian team however would have been an icing on the cake at MS home ground, who was a lovely host to both the teams.
Also that Australia survived the final day of the Test match was a prove that this was the best pitch of the series so far.
Brief Scores: Australia 451 & 204/6 (Peter Handscomb 72, Shaun Marsh 53; Ravindra Jadeja 4-54) trail India 603/9
MOM: Cheteshwar Pujara