Pujara slams century, India still in fight with 303/4 at tea

Live Cricket Score India vs Australia 3rd Test Day 3 – Hosts fight back after Steve Smith's unbeaten 178 had put Aussies in charge

Live Cricket Score India vs Australia 3rd Test Day 3 – Hosts fight back after Steve Smith's unbeaten 178 had put Aussies in charge

# Both Vijay and Pujara batting easily. "My partnership began slowly and then he made 200 and I got my century", the Bengal wicket-keeper added.

But for Pujara's 92 in Bangalore, Australia would surely have gone 2-0 up in the series, and the century in Ranchi - his fourth of a home season in which he has scored 1187 runs at 65.94 - gives the Indian spinners a chance to put pressure on Australia's line-up on a fourth-day surface. Saha also joined in the run-fest, completing his third Test ton.

Smith, the only two-time century maker on both sides, is averaging 87 and Renshaw is averaging 43 with a top score of 68. Night watchman Nathan Lyon who was send in next was cleaned by up Jadeja in the last over of the day for just 2 (7 balls).

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.

Saha and Hazlewood had exchanged words after the batsman came through a barrage of bouncers unscathed before he went on to become only the second Indian batsman after Pujara to score a hundred in this series.

Pujara was extremely patient throughout the session making the least perilous moves and shots but Vijay was starting to lose his patience.

India need eight balls to wrap it up whereas Australia need to first wipe off the deficit before they can look to set anything.

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"I have the experience of scoring big runs in domestic cricket", said Pujara, who recently scored a century during a 300-plus stand with Saha in the final of a domestic competition.

The ongoing third Test between India and Australia is being played at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi. Australia ended the day at 23/2, trailing India by 129 runs, after the hosts declared at 603/9 earlier in the day.

On the evening of day four, David Warner batted like a smash-and-grab artist trying to grab all he could before the cops got there and put the handcuffs on - a training video of how not to bat on this wicket. If they bat as if they were playing Russian roulette with all six chambers loaded, they will go down - and the bowlers, the close cordon and the pitch will be enablers only, not the primary causes.

The batsman immediately reviewed and replays suggested the ball would have missed the stumps. He wore the Australian bowlers down when they bowled well and continued to bat unfazed even as they exhausted.

When Ravichandran Ashwin came to bat at the seventh spot India were 320 for the loss of five wickets.

Looks unlikely but someone did say that cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties.

Rahane looked to give Pujara a ideal support as the duo completed a third 50-plus partnership of the match.

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