Australia-India tensions rising in Ranchi


Saha, who took 233 deliveries to get to the landmark, was involved in a 199-run seventh-wicket partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara (202 off 525 balls) as India declared their first innings at a mammoth 603/9 to take a 152-run lead over Australia who had scored 451 in the first innings. It is very, very rare that a team has to spend more than 200 overs in the field in one innings. Saha's body was subjected to a few blows and Pujara was content blocking away, and the combined effect took such a toll on Australia that by the time they were done batting out two sessions, the tourists had given in.

Pujara's fifth 150-plus knock saw him eclipse Rahul Dravid's record of facing 495 balls during the former captain's knock of 270 in a 2004 test against Pakistan.

Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara celebrates his double century. Australia were bowled into the ground.

And the slightly-built Wriddhiman Saha, who adds considerable weight to the Indian lower-order, joined forces with Pujara in a partnership that could inflict psychological scars on this Aussie attack.

So after the batting and all the sweating, they hit the massage room.

India's Wriddhiman Saha celebrates his century.

"Obviously, we'll have to save this game", said Lehmann at the end of day's play.

Else, India will scythe through the Australians giving Ranchi a debut to cherish. Jadeja exploited the rough outside both left-handers' off stump which resulted in Warner's dismissal.

The final session saw Saha completing his century and soon Pujara reached his third double century.

He looked fine on the crease as he took singles initially but he could not last long edging an outward delivery of Cummins and the ball went straight to the visitors skipper Steve Smith in the second slip. Saha offered him wonderful support and scored a third and perhaps his most cherished Test hundred.

"Workload is fine, bowlers have to bowl - that's their job, they're here to bowl a lot of overs, that's what Test cricket is about", former Test great Brett Lee said on Star Sports.

Both fell in the final session trying to accelerate with Australia looking pretty jaded by that stage.

Pace bowlers Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins, and left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe, each turned in herculean efforts which were as much a display of willpower as skill. He ended with a marathon 77 overs, taking three wickets for 199 runs.

An vast knock from Cheteshwar Pujara helped India claim the advantage in an epic Test battle with Australia in Ranchi.

Having put a enormous 175-run partnership for the seventh-wicket with Pujara, Saha also contributed with sensibility and style.