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Jadeja's heroics after Saha-Pujara stand puts India in driver's seat

Sun, 19th, Mar 2017 |
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Jadeja’s heroics after record breaking Saha-Pujara stand puts India in driver’s seat

3rd Test, Day 4:

The record breaking Pujara-Saha partnership and Jadeja's all-round heroics in the 3rd session ensured that the 3rd Test match is inclined only towards one team winning it. 

India resumed Day 4 at 360/6 with Pujara and Saha adding tremendous value to their wicket. The Australians might have been lucky with the sun not coming out because the Indian pair had decided to tire them on the field. 

Artificials lights came on, the conditions became overcast and the visitors tried their best. Lyon weathered his spinning finger, Steve O'Keefe kept bowling his overs in a pursuit for wickets, Cummins bent his back for short deliveries and Hazlewood kept asking questions. But the duo remained unaffected. Saha started playing an odd-boundary shot after his fifty but Pujara was meditating from the other end. 

The duo batted seamlessly for the first 2 sessions without losing a wicket and by then, Pujara had faced the most deliveries by an Indian in a single innings, surpassing former India No. 3 Rahul Dravid's 495b 270 against Pakistan at Rawalpindi. 

Milestones tumbled in the last session when Saha and Pujara both completed their 3rd - Test hundred and double hundred respectively. The 199-run stand finally came to an end when Pujara (202) first fell in an attempt to up the ante and Saha (117) fell a few overs late while trying to score quick runs.. 

But Ravindra Jadeja's unbeaten 55b 54 and a decent 16 run contribution from Umesh Yadav took India to 603/9 before Kohli decided to declare the innings and have a go at the already troubled visitors. 

In the 6th over of the second innings, Jadeja spun a delivery from the rough and went past Warner's defence to clean him up. He gave the Aussies their second blow in the last over of the day when nightwatchman Nathan Lyon was bowled to reduce Steve Smith's men to 23/2 at stumps on Day 4. 

Australia trail India by 129 runs on the last day with 8 wickets in hand - a situation which isn't alien and has often been converted into a winning one in this extended home season! 

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