News | Cricket
26 May 2017 4:17
NZCity News
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Olympic Games
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • Crime.co.nz
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  •   Home > News > Sports > Cricket

    Aussies slip to 2-23 after India declare

    Australia have slipped to 2-23 at stumps on day four of the third Test in Ranchi, where India claimed a first-innings lead of 152 runs.


    India seized control of the third Test on day four in Ranchi, where Australia gave up a first-innings lead of 152 runs then lost two wickets and almost certainly any hope of victory.

    The top-ranked Test nation declared at 9-603 on Sunday. Australia slipped to 2-23 in response at stumps, with David Warner and nightwatchman Nathan Lyon both bowled by Ravindra Jadeja.

    A 199-run partnership between double-centurion Cheteshwar Pujara and centurion Wriddhiman Saha turned the match - and quite possibly the four-Test series - on its head during two wicket-less sessions on Sunday.

    Coach Darren Lehmann backed his charges to salvage a draw, which would keep the series level at 1-1 heading to the Dharamsala decider.

    "We've got to save the game," Lehmann said.

    "It's tough to lose those two wickets tonight.

    "But once the ball gets a little bit softer it plays pretty well, so there's no real demons in the track. It's a case of us applying ourselves much like Pujara and Saha did today.

    "We've got to cope with it as best we can and come up with a plan. They've done a lot of practise in those sort of conditions, so I'm really confident they can do the job."

    Tensions are already running high. Injured captain Virat Kohli celebrated both wickets heartily, grabbing his shoulder in a clear sign he didn't appreciate Glenn Maxwell's antics on the preceding day.

    Skipper Steve Smith, who scored 178 not out in the first innings to give Australia the upper hand, will walk out to bat at the start of play on Monday still wondering how it all went so wrong on a lopsided fourth day that broke all manner of records.

    Pujara scored 202, spent over 11 hours at the crease and faced a record-breaking 525 deliveries. It was the longest Test innings by an Indian.

    Saha, who was dropped on 51 by counterpart Matthew Wade, contributed 117 runs. Jadeja, who now has seven wickets in the match, belted an unbeaten 54 from 55 balls and was rebuked by umpires for running on the pitch.

    Even if India fail to take a 2-1 lead in the series, they will claim a moral victory in forcing the visiting bowlers to toil for a staggering 210 overs. Australia haven't spent so long in the field during a Test innings since 1975.

    "They were pretty good when they came off, probably happy to get off the ground," Lehmann said of his bowlers.

    All eyes will be on injury-prone express paceman Pat Cummins, who delivered 39 overs in his first Test since a memorable debut in 2011.

    But every member of Australia's attack will be under the pump to back up on Saturday, when the final Test starts at the foot of the Himalayas.

    O'Keefe, who created the straightforward chance that Wade put down in the 156th over, bowled 77 overs. It is the most overs delivered by an Australian in a Test innings since Jim Higgs' 79.4 overs against England in 1979.

    The tourists, who dismissed Saha for 19 and Pujara for 157 only for both lbw verdicts to be overturned upon review, showed increasing signs of fatigue and frustration as the day wore on.


    NZN




    © 2017 NZN, NZCity


     Other Cricket News
     25 May: NZ suffer landmark loss to Bangladesh
     25 May: Australia still pondering opening options
     24 May: NZ spinner Patel talks up English know-how
     23 May: Unwanted Henry keeps performing for NZ
     18 May: Black Caps ease to win over Bangladesh
     17 May: Ferguson's Pune book IPL final berth
     16 May: Kerr named in White Ferns World Cup squad
     Top Stories

    RUGBY RUGBY
    Rebels' Hodge in for Crusaders rugby clash More...


    BUSINESS BUSINESS
    Chorus increases bank facility More...



     Today's News

    International:
    Manchester attack: UK authorities investigating Abedi's possible links to radical Islamist groups 21:57

    Rugby:
    Rebels' Hodge in for Crusaders rugby clash 21:57

    Entertainment:
    Kevin Hart wants to run against Dwayne Johnson at the 2020 US election 21:37

    Rugby League:
    NRL preview panel for round 12 21:17

    Entertainment:
    Nicole Kidman keeps her family and working lives "separate" 21:07

    International:
    How Schapelle Corby the cover girl was born 21:07

    Entertainment:
    Naomi Watts has "good days and bad days" since splitting from Liev Schreiber 20:37

    Entertainment:
    Katy Perry will be paid $25 million to judge 'American Idol' 20:07

    Entertainment:
    Jessica Simpson's husband Eric Johnson has "never" seen her perform 19:37

    Entertainment:
    Kevin Bacon "didn't have enough coke" to pick up women at Studio 54 19:07


     News Search






    Power Search


    © 2017 New Zealand City Ltd