— BCCI (@BCCI) March 7, 2017
— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) March 7, 2017
— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) March 7, 2017
Game over!! A fantastic win for India and it’s Ravichandran Ashwin who takes a 6-wicket haul and puts up another impressive performance. India beat Australia by 75 runs and level the series 1-1. Virat Kohli – the captain registers his first Test win against Australia. This victory has brought the series back alive. 1-1 with 2 Tests to go, it’s going to be a mouth-watering contest between two of the best teams in world cricket.
India 1st inns at Pune lost 7 wkts for 11 runs
Australia 2nd inns at Bengaluru lost 6 wkts for 11 runs#IndvAus
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) March 7, 2017
Lowest targets defended by India:
107 v Aus, Mumbai, 2004
143 v Aus, MCG,1981
170 v SA, Ahmedabad, 1996
188 v NZ, Mumbai, 1969
— Deepu Narayana (@deeputalks) March 7, 2017
Ashwin takes 25th 5-wicket haul of Test career! Loopy delivery around off, Handscomb comes down the wicket and swings his bat but all he can manage to do is get a top edge. The ball goes high up in the air, there is elevation in the shot but no distance. Saha completes the catch and Ashwin bags another 5-wicket haul!
Man with the golden arm strikes! Jaddu, you beauty! Skipper hands over the ball to Jadeja and the spinner gifts his captain a wicket. Knocks over Steve O’Keefe with a straight one. Unplayable! India need 2 wickets more, while Australia need 77 runs to win this Test.
CASTLED!! Ashwin’s all over the Aussies! Gets his fourth wicket of the innings and it’s Mitchell Starc who’s left clueless with this delivery. Tries to defend it but the ball sneaks through and takes down his off stump. The crowd is elated! India need 3 wickets more to win this Test.
Love Virat’s aggression. Imagine if he was a fast bowler ?
— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) March 7, 2017
Excellent catch by Saha! Tossed up delivery on leg, Wade looks to defend it but gets an inside edge onto the pads. The ball balloons to the on side where Saha moves quickly, dives ahead and takes a brilliant catch. India need 4 wickets more, Australia need 87 more…
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— Khurram Siddiquee (@imKhurram12) March 7, 2017
Number. 87 strikes again!! Aussies and their history with 87. O boy! They needed 87 more runs to win and Mitch Marsh falls. The ball kisses his gloves, onto his thigh pads and straight to the fielder at short leg. The Aussies are 101 for 5. Crowd at Chinnaswamy has gone berserk!
100 up for Australia! Good counter-attack by Handscomb and Mitch Marsh. Both batsmen are scoring freely and Australia need only 88 runs more. This partnership is looking threatening for India.
114 runs, 6 wickets. I am tempted to believe this is the series at stake, not just this game.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 7, 2017
Australia – 74/4 – Skipper’s back in the hut! Umesh Yadav gets another wicket. This was dead plumb! Umesh Yadav is on fire. Length delivery around off that keeps low and hits Smith right on his pads. The Australian captain thinks of taking a hint from the dressing room but the umpire intervenes and asks him to leave. Can’t let that happen! Virat Kohli isn’t happy with this gesture of Steve Smith and has a word with the on-field umpires regarding the same. Nevertheless, the match has come alive yet again. India need six wickets to win, Australia need 114 more.
Umesh Yadav to Shaun Marsh:
The most Umesh has dismissed a batsman in Tests.#IndvAus
— Deepu Narayana (@deeputalks) March 7, 2017
OUT! Umesh Yadav strikes! Think Shaun Marsh should have taken the review. This ball wasn’t coming back enough to knock the off stump. Marsh decides to leave it but the ball keeps low and strikes him on the pad. The umpire gives it out for not offering a shot but the two batsmen decide not to review it thinking that’s going on to hit the off stump. Replays confirm that this was missing the off stump by a mile!
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) March 7, 2017
Massive wicket! Ashwin gets Warner’s scalp for the ninth time in Test cricket. LBW! That was going on to clip the off stump and on-field decision stays. Australia have lost two wickets and both openers are back in the pavilion.
Ishant Sharma draws first blood! A length delivery just around the off-stump channel. The ball takes off after pitching, kisses the willow’s edge and goes straight into Saha’s web. Australia lose their first wicket in the form of Matt Renshaw.
Runs coming at ease for Australia! Australian openers are getting runs at ease. The visitors have got off to a good start as 18 runs have been scored off the first 3 overs. If Warner stays at the crease for a some more time, he can take the game away from India’s grasp.
DD signs MOU with Afghanistan Cricket Board; DDSports will cover 3 T20 & 5 ODI int’l matches b/w Afghanistan & Ireland from 8th-24th March.
— Prasar Bharati (@prasarbharati) March 7, 2017
Target – 188! India have been bowled out for 274 in the third innings of Bengaluru Test as Ishant Sharma drives this flighted delivery straight to the fielder at covers. Excellent bowling by Australian pacers in the morning session. 6 wickets for Hazlewood, while Lyon goes wicket-less. With 5 sessions remaining, this is anyone’s match. Australia have plenty of overs to get those 188 runs but the wicket is slightly difficult to bat on…
Possibly most important 10th wicket stand in a 3rd innings since Flintoff/Jones at Edgbaston in 2005 #IndvAus
— Daniel Brettig (@danbrettig) March 7, 2017
Ishant sweeps!! Lyon bowls a tossed up delivery around off, Ishant gets down on his knee and sweeps this one towards the square leg fence to add four runs to India’s lead. Valuable runs!
Poor shot by Umesh Yadav!! Sixth wicket for Josh Hazlewood. Really a poor shot by the number 10 batsman. All he needed to do was give the strike to Saha who had hit Starc for a maximum in the previous over. Umesh looks to go big but finds Warner at mid off who gulps it easily. India are nine down!
Five-wicket haul for Hazlewood! That keeps low and Ashwin has no answer to it. The ball knocks over the off stump and India have lost their fourth wicket of the morning. The game has turned on its head yet again! Saha will look to be more aggressive now. India need to reach to the 200-run mark somehow.
Pujara’s out in the 90s! For the first time in his Test career, Cheteshwar Pujara has been dismissed in the 90s. Short delivery around off, Pujara gets surprised by the bounce and edges it straight to gully. Hazlewood has four wickets. Can he get five?
Huge shout for LBW!! An ideal hat-trick delivery but the inside edge saves Saha. Another full and swinging delivery on middle and leg, that gets an inside edge onto the pads.
First ball duck for Karun Nair! Full, fast delivery around off, Nair goes for the drive and gets an inside edge. The ball rattles the sticks and India have lost two wickets all of sudden. Starc is on a hat-trick!!
OUT! Mitchell Starc gets Ajinkya Rahane! Full length delivery on leg, Rahane looks to flick it to the on side but fails to connect. The ball strikes him on the pads and the Aussies appeal. The umpire gives it in the favor of the batsman, hence Australia opt for a review. The replays show three reds, therefore the umpire has to over-turn his decision.
Fifty for Rahane!! An important half-century by Ajinkya Rahane, has come at such a crucial time. India was in all sorts of trouble after losing their skipper on day 3, but the partnership between Rahane and Pujara has put India in the driver’s seat. Pujara is nearing a century as well..
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 7, 2017
Successful review by Pujara!! A rare successful review for team India. Pujara has been given out but the replays show that it’s missing the stump. A sigh of relief for India’s number 3.
Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane led India’s fightback on day 3 with an excellent partnership. The pair denied any wicket to the Aussies in the last session of the day and that settled many nerves in the dressing room. The skipper was pleased and so was the Indian coach. India have six wickets remaining but it won’t be easy to score on a day 4 Bengaluru pitch. Can Pujara get to the three-figure mark? Can India take that lead past 200? All our questions will be answered shortly! Stay tuned in…