The third Test of the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2017 between hosts India and Australia played at Ranchi ended in a tame draw. Australia showcased guts and determination on the final day to see the series evenly poised at 1-1 going into final Test match of the series.
Ishant Sharma provided an early breakthrough as he trapped opener Matt Renshaw leg before to see Australia lose their third wicket in the first session on Day 5 at Ranchi. Ravendra Jadeja then claimed his third wicket of the innings to dismiss Australian captain Steve Smith, having the visitors in a spot of bother.
Shaun Marsh later came to the crease to join Peter Handscomb as the duo showed patience and application to keep the Indian spinners at bay for the rest of the day, helping Australia escape with a draw at Ranchi in the process.
The third Test provided plenty of drama and action as Australia and India fought hard to gain an advantage throughout the course of five days. Marsh and Handscomb showed serious skills against some probing spin bowling to make sure Australia did not lose more wickets in the second session. The duo put on 125 runs off 373 runs to see Australia secure a hard-fought draw.
Handscomb was particularly impressive as the right-handed batsman struggled in the first two games of the series. He did get off to good starts but could not muster big scores for Australia. On a weary surface on final day of the Test match, he truly showed his class as he played spinners well and kept using his feet against spinners throughout his innings. Ravindra Jadeja was the pick of the bowlers for India while Ashwin looked slightly off-color in this game.
Umesh Yadav bowled a probing spell but luck did not go his way as India could not make any further breakthroughs after the early departure of Renshaw and Smith in the first session. Shaun Marsh scored 53 runs off 197 balls before Ashwin dismissed him to see Australia lose their fifth wicket but in the end it was all too late as both the sides shook hands, the game ending in a draw.
The series is turning out to be a much closer affair than anticipated before the start as the score line is 1-1 going into the final game that will be played at Dharamsala on 25th March.