India vs Australia 3rd Test Day 3: Pujara fights, but Cummins gives Australia a slight advantage

Cummins ended the day with figures of 4-59 off 25 overs

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India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara battled valiantly on the third day in Ranchi, scoring an unbeaten 130, but Australia pace bowler Pat Cummins gave his side the edge going into the penultimate day with his four-wicket haul.

Starting off the day on 120/1, Murali Vijay and Pujara converted their 29-run partnership into a 102-run stand, during which Vijay brought up his half-century.

With India cruising, Australia were in need of a wicket, and it came on the stroke of lunch when Vijay was stumped by Matthew Wade off the bowling of Steve O’Keefe for 82, which came off 183 balls and included 10 boundaries and a six.

India captain Virat Kohli, who suffered a shoulder strain while fielding during Australia’s innings, failed to have an impact with the bat once again as he was dismissed by Pat Cummins for six runs.

Ajinkya Rahane fell shortly after for 14, while Karun Nair and Ravichandran Ashwin joined him in the pavilion a little while later as they were sent packing for 23 and three respectively.

Despite losing partner after partner, Pujara continued to do his best to keep Australia at bay and managed to put together an unbeaten 32-run partnership with wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha before stumps was called.

Pujara finished on 130 off 328 balls, which included 17 boundaries, while Saha remained undefeated on 18 off 42 deliveries, which included three boundaries.

Pujara celebrates after scoring his 11th Test century

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Cummins was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while O’Keefe and Josh Hazlewood claimed one wicket apiece.

India ended day three on 360/6 and will continue batting on Sunday at 09:30 local time or 04:00 GMT.

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