Ind vs Aus: Late wickets hurt Aussie hope, India six away from a win

4 days ago | 20-03-2017 | IBNS

Ranchi, Mar 20 : After a quiet first hour, where the Australian batsmen managed to keep the Indian bowlers at bay on Monday, two quick wickets dented the hopes of the visiting side for a draw in the ongoing third Test match.

At lunch, Australia are on 83 runs for the loss of four wickets.

They still trail the homeside by 69 runs.

Australia were 59 for two, having lost two wickets in eight overs yeaterday, when the match shifted momentum towards the Indian dressing room.

Pressing for a win, Indian skipper Virat Kohli pursued with Ravindra Jadeja from one end and altered his quicks, Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma, from the other.

His patience was rewarded, but only in the second hour.

A slight incident sparked an angry Sharma as Matthew Renshaw pulled out moments before a delivery.

Ishant reacted vehemently, drawing support from his skipper Virat Kohli.

The incident, which also saw participation from the two Aussie batsmen, Renshaw and the visiting skipper Steven Smith, finally ended following the umpires intervention.

A string of well directed bouncers followed from the Indian quick, ensued by a full pitched in swinger to the left hander, who missed it, to be judged LBW by the official.

One brings another, says an adage as Steven Smith followed suit in the next over.

Smith, who deployed a Pujara-like tactic through his innings in Austalias second innings here in this Test, missed one from Jadeja, as the ball went pass his left pad and castled his off-stick.

The Aussie skipper was dismissed for 21 runs, facing 68 balls and managing a couple of boundaries.

The 19-year-old Renshaw played 84 deliveries for his 15 runs.

For India, Ravindra Jadeja added one more to his tally of two wickets, which he snapped yesterday, taking it to three.

(Writing by Sudipto Maity)