Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Records fall in Ranchi as Aussies slip to 2-23 against India

Records fall in Ranchi as Aussies slip to 2-23 against India

They slumped to 63-4 before Peter Handscomb (72 not out) and Shaun Marsh (53) added 124 for the fifth wicket.

Having seen Cheteshwar Pujara's first-innings double-century lead India to 603-9 declared on Sunday, Australia - who resumed their second innings on 23-2 and still 129 runs behind - knew a stern test awaited them in tricky conditions.

"Everyone has to take responsibility equally on the field and our players want to do that", Kohli said in his post-match press conference.

"If there's anything called momentum in cricket, it's with our side at this moment", Smith told reporters after the match. We saw the other side of the coin today.

That was Australia's second unsuccessful review of the innings, and they were made to rue their wastefulness with the very next delivery as Vijay edged the ball onto his pad and was caught at short-leg off Nathan Lyon, only for the umpire to wave the appeals away. The loop, flight and drift that he was getting against New Zealand and England isn't as prevalent anymore - it wasn't there against Bangladesh and hasn't been there in this Test series so far either.

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.

Handscomb and Marsh continued their drift towards the interval, neither doing anything flashy. Australia batted 92.4 overs on the fifth day of this Test to secure a draw.

"He came up and sort of apologised to me", Smith said last week.

Batsmen falter when they seek to play out a draw but not these two.

But thereafter Australia got a grip of the situation while India struggled to break the partnership on an eased-out track of the JSCA International Stadium. I am really proud.

After waiting for one and a half hours, India got their first breakthrough of the day when Ishant trapped Renshaw in front of the wicket off a delivery which nipped into the batsman.

Jadeja dismissed Marsh and his fellow spinner Ravichandran Ashwin then claimed the wicket of first innings centurion Glenn Maxwell for two, giving India brief hope of a dramatic final twist in the tale. [Ravindra] Jadeja's bowling was outstanding in this match. "He was high-class and proved why he is the joint top Test bowler along with Ashwin", said Kohli.

"Maxwell was sensational. That's the way we want him to play". Australia's template for victory is usually through brute force in a contrasting approach to the ilk of South Africa, who archetypically methodically grind down opponents into submission.

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