Rajesh March 18, 2017

India Vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 3, Ranchi: Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara scored half centuries as India are 235/3 in response to Australia’s first-innings total of 451. Virat Kohli was out cheaply for 6.

India Vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 3, Ranchi

India began the third day’s play in the third Test against Australia in Ranchi from 120/1. The pitch assessment said if the Indian batsmen could ride on the early onslaught before lunch, things could go strongly for the hosts. And Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay ensured that was to be the case. Vijay threw away his wicket to fall on 82. Catch live score and updates of India Vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 3, Ranchi here.


Live Cricket Score, India Vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 3, Ranchi

17:10 hrs IST: Cheteshwar Pujara (130*) and Wriddhiman Saha (18*) were unbeaten at the end of the day for India.

17:04 hrs IST: This was a good day of cricket as the batsmen had a slight advantage, but Pat Cummins’ bowling will surely be a positive sign for the Aussies.

16:55 hrs IST: “I wouldn’t rate it as a good innings,” says M Vijay. “But I fought out there, and that’s what matters. KL batted really well yesterday, I wanted to feed off his energy. I just wanted to play tight cricket. Today I wanted to push myself a little harder. Pujara was rock solid, hopefully he can put up a great show for us tomorrow. Definitely run scoring was difficult, they too bowled very good areas. If I had gone through to lunch, it would have been a different story altogether.”

16:48 hrs IST: The day was a good one for India as Cheteshwar Pujara scored a hundred, Murali Vijay fell short of a milestone and the team are less than 100 runs behind the Aussie total.

16:44 hrs IST: It’s stumps on Day 3. India are 360 for the loss of 6 wickets.

16:39 hrs IST: A cheeky sweep by Wriddhiman and the ball races to the boundary. IND 359/6

16:37 hrs IST: Patt Cummins was quite impressive with the use of bouncers and he will finish the day with figures of 4/59. IND 355/6

16:29 hrs IST: With that single, Australia’s lead is cut down to 100 runs. IND 351/6

16:27 hrs IST: 350 comes up for India for the loss of 6 wickets.

16:24 hrs IST: The day completely belonged to Pujara who was solid throughout and tomorrow, he will surely be looking to reach 150. IND 349/6

16:15 hrs IST: 7 overs remaining in the day. India will be happy with their batting performance and with Pujara still out there in the middle, it will be advantage India going in to Day 4. IND 344/6

16:07 hrs IST: What a shot! Wriddhiman Saha goes for the big one and clears the boundary easily. IND 343/6

16:03 hrs IST: A cracking boundary by Pujara as he moves on to 121. IND 337/6

15:58 hrs IST: Wriddhiman Saha is the new batsman for the hosts and he opens his account with a boundary. IND 333/6

15:48 hrs IST: It was another lethal bouncer by Cummins and Ashwin was not able to control it as he was dismissed for 3. IND 328/6

15:47 hrs IST: OUT! Pat Cummins strikes against as Ashwin departs!

15:44 hrs IST: A dangerous bouncer by Cummins and Australia believes that the ball hit Ashwin on the gloves!

15:43 hrs IST: There was not a single run scored over the last 15 balls. IND 326/5

15:38 hrs IST: Another maiden over as the score remains 326 for the loss of 6 wickets.

15:30 hrs IST: A close LBW call by Steve O’Keefe, but the ball was missing the leg stump. IND 326/5

15:22 hrs IST: 111 overs gone. India are 322 for the loss of 5 wickets.

15:14 hrs IST: Steve O’Keefe is trying to utilise the cracks around the leg stump, but Pujara is happy to play him out with his pads. IND 321/5

15:11 hrs IST: It was a brilliant in-swinger by Hazlewood and Nair was completely beaten by the pace. IND 320/5

15:06 hrs IST: OUT! A fast delivery from Hazlewood castles Karun Nair for 23.

15:00 hrs IST: A direct hit but Cheteshwar Pujara was safely inside the crease. IND 319/4

14:51 hrs IST: Pujara’s partner at the other end Nair has looked confident so far. He had a horrifying Bangalore Test, but a good performance here will be a big boost to his confidence. IND 314/4

14:45 hrs IST: Hazlewood continues from the other and mixes it up pretty well. While, in his second over after tea, he tries the length delivery to trouble centurion Pujara, he also takes up a couple of short balls. The result? A maiden

14:38 hrs IST: Lyon gets nice turn there. Misses Pujara inside edge and India four extra bytes. Its turns out to be costly over for Australia – who give away eight runs. IND 311/4

14:36 hrs IST: We are back for the final session of the day! IND 303/4

14:27 hrs IST: Here’s our report on how has happened in the game till now on Day 3.

14:16 hrs IST: The hero of the session was Cheteshwar Pujara who scored his second hundred against Australia.

14:12 hrs IST: Its tea on Day 3 of the Ranchi Test and India are batting on 303 for the loss of 4 wickets.

14:09 hrs IST: 300 comes up for India in the 99th over. Catch live cricket score of India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 3 here.

14:02 hrs IST: Karun Nair joins the party as he hits his first boundary of this game. IND 297/4

13:58 hrs IST: Cheteshwar Pujara continues his dominance with yet another boundary! IND 291/4

13:54 hrs IST: This was also the first hundred by an Indian batsman in the on-going Test series. IND 281/4


13:51 hrs IST: Cheteshwar Pujara brings up his 11th Test century! IND 281/4

13:47 hrs IST: Karun Nair is the new batsman for the hosts.Catch live cricket score of India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 3 here. IND 276/4

13:44 hrs IST: A bouncer from Cummins and Rahane was caught napping as he gave a simple catch to Wade. IND 276/4

13:42 hrs IST: OUT! Another short ball from Cummins does the trick as Rahane departs for 12.

13:39 hrs IST: Easy pickings for Pujara as he dispatches the full toss for a boundary. IND 276/4

13:35 hrs IST: There seems to be some issue with Cheteshwar Pujara’s finger. Hopefully, it is nothing serious.

13:20 hrs IST: A short one from Hazlewood and Rahane pulls it for a boundary. IND 254/4.

13:16 hrs IST: 250 is up for India for the loss of 3 wickets in the 86th over. Catch live cricket score of India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 3 here.

13:07 hrs IST: Boundary number 12 for Pujara! Catch live cricket score of India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 3 here.IND 240/4.

13:00 hrs IST: The Cheteshwar Pujara show continues as the batsman scores yet another boundary through the point region. IND 234/3

12:57 hrs IST: A half chance for Matthew Wade after Pujara edged the ball down the leg side, but the ball was too fast for the Aussie keeper. IND 230/3

12:51 hrs IST: It was a thick edge from Kohli, and Steve Smith made no mistake in second slip. IND 225/3

12:49 hrs IST: OUT! Pat Cummins strikes as Virat Kohli departs for 6.


12:46 hrs IST: A full toss from Pat Cummins and Cheteshwar Pujara dispatches it to the boundary. IND 223/2

12:43 hrs IST: Classy shot by Pujara as his drive pierced the field to score another boundary. IND 218/2

12:37 hrs IST: the Cautious approach by Virat Kohli as he is trying to meet every ball with the full face of the bat. IND 212/2

12:30 hrs IST: This was the 15th Test fifty for Cheteshwar Pujara. Catch live cricket score of India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 3 here. IND 207/2

12:28 hrs IST: FIFTY! Cheteshwar Pujara also brings up his half century!

12:25 hrs IST: Virat Kohli injured his right shoulder while fielding on Day 1, but it seems that the Indian skipper was able to shake off any jitters from that event. IND 198/2

12:20 hrs IST: 73 overs gone. India is 198 for the loss of 2 wickets. Catch live cricket score of India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 3 here.

12:14 hrs IST: A throwback to the welcome Virat received at the start of Day 2:

12:08 hrs IST: Virat Kohli is the new batsman for India! Catch live cricket score of India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 3 here. IND 193/2


11:59 hrs IST: The Cheteshwar Pujara-Murali Vijay pair is eight runs away from becoming the highest run scorers in a single season for India.

11:50 hrs IST: All eyes are now on Virat Kohli, and we hope that the Indian skipper will be the next batsman for the hosts. Catch live cricket score of India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 3 here.IND 193/2

11:45 hrs IST: Meanwhile in the second Test match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in Colombo, the hosts are currently trailing by 7 runs.

11:32 IST: We will be back in 30 minutes. Do join us then.

11:31 IST: So players go for lunch. India 193 for 2.

11:30 IST: Wicket! Just at the stroke of lunch, Vijay tries to come down the track and take the aerial route but failed to make a connection. Matthew Wade made no mistake behind the stumps. Vijay st Wade b O’Keefe 82

11:28 IST: 100-run partnership comes up between Vijay and Pujara.


11:26 IST: Short ball and Pujara gets himself in a tangle. Hits the forearm and goes up in the air. Huge appeal for a caught behind but there was no bat involved.

11:24 IST: Pujara, the second time in two overs hits it straight and gets rewarded for playing in the V. Four more! Hazlewood is bowling a lot fuller in the morning.

11:21 IST: Vijay takes the aerial route and gets four for it. O’Keefe is giving it a bit of air and Vijay quick to pounce on it.

11:11 IST: Vijay comes down the track and hits Lyon over the top of long-off.Four runs! Vijay is growing in confidence now. Now and then he is coming down the track to the spinners.

11:08 IST: Hazlewood comes back on and a lovely straight drive by Pujara. No need to run for that. Four runs!

11:01 IST: Vijay goes for the slog sweep and hits it well. Four runs!

10:55 IST: Both the spinners are bowling in tandem. O’Keefe and Lyon are bowling in good areas. No freebies on offer for the Indians.

10:45 IST: Another appeal. This time for bat pad. Lyon seems to be confident, but Australia has no reviews left. Replays show there was some deviation, might well be the inside edge. Lucky escape for Vijay.

10:43 IST: Did it hit the pad first?

10:43 IST: Struck on the pads and a huge appeal for leg-before. The umpire rules it for the batsman. Australia goes for the review. Replays suggest the ball has hit the bat before hitting the pads. Pujara survives a scare.

10:31 IST: India has done well not to lose a wicket in the first hour of play. The hosts are 144 for 1 as the players head for drinks break.

10:27 IST: Kohli all set to come in next.

Catch the Live Score of India Vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 3, Ranchi

10:23 IST: India 141 for 1 in 54 overs. Trail By 310 runs.

10:16 IST: O’Keefe bowls it a bit short and lovely use of the crease by Pujara. Rocks back and whips it away through mid-wicket for a boundary.

10:10 IST: Murali Vijay brings up his 15th fifty in Test cricket. India is strong in reply to Australia’s 451.

10:04 IST: Pat Cummins comes into the attack. Bowled well in the last one hour of the final session yesterday.

10:02 IST: Excellent ball from O’Keefe. Turn and bounce. Beats Pujara all ends up.

10:00 IST: Good short ball from Hazlewood. Vijay unable to duck under it takes it in the body.

9:50 IST: Virat Kohli is set to bat at his usual position. Kohli was seen practicing in the nets in the morning.

9:44 IST: One run coming from that Hazlewood over. India 129 for 1 in 43 overs.

9:39 IST: Six! Murali Vijay comes down the track and lofts it over long-on. Took O’Keefe by surprise but a clean strike nonetheless.


9:36 IST: O’Keefe comes in from the other end.

9:32 IST: Pujara guides it away through third man region for a single. India get their first run on Day 3

9:30 IST: Cheteshwar Pujara to take the first ball. Hazlewood to start things off for Australia.

9:19 IST: Former Australia captain Michael Clarke giving us an insight on what goes inside a production room.

9:08 IST: Sunil Gavaskar reckons batting is not going to be easy post lunch. The pitch has played well in the first two days.

9:00 IST: After a very good start given by the openers, India lost KL Rahul late in the third session of Day 2. Murali Vijay is still there and is looking good. Vijay has Pujara for the company. The first session will be important for both the sides.

8:57 IST: Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the India Vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 3, Ranchi

India has made a strong response to Australia’s mammoth first innings total of 451 runs, with the hosts at 120/1 at the end of second day’s play at the JSCA stadium in Ranchi.

India’s batsmen will have to negotiate a ball that is 40 oversold. Even though Pat Cummins got the better of KL Rahul with a ball that rose sharply, skipper Steven Smith will bank on his spin troika of Nathan Lyon, Steve O’Keefe, and Glenn Maxwell to find the breakthroughs. Smart fielding will be crucial.

With more than 570 runs scored over two days, Ranchi can still produce more runs, should batsmen apply themselves like Smith and Maxwell did.

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