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PHOTOS: Pujara, Saha, Jadeja give India the edge in Ranchi

Last updated on: March 19, 2017 17:49 IST

Images from Day 4 of the 3rd Test in Ranchi on Sunday

India captain Virat Kohli celebrates with Ravindra Jadeja after the latter dismissed Australia opener David Warner on Day 4 of the third Test at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi on Sunday

IMAGE: India captain Virat Kohli celebrates with Ravindra Jadeja after the latter dismissed Australia opener David Warner on Day 4 of the third Test at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi on Sunday. Photograph: BCCI

India made early breakthroughs to put Australia on the back foot on Day 4 of the 3rd Test at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association Stadium Ranchi on Sunday.

After India declared their first innings on 603 for nine, left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja struck within two overs – he first cleaned up the dangerous-looking David Warner (14 off 16) and then had nightwatchman Nathan Lyon (2 off 7) bowled – as Australia ended the day on 23 for 3 in 7.2 after stumps were drawn on Day 4.

Matt Renshaw was batting on seven at stumps with Australia still 129 runs behind.

India's Cheteshwar Pujara celebrates on completing his double century

IMAGE: India's Cheteshwar Pujara celebrates on completing his double century. Photograph: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

Earlier, Cheteshwar Pujara compiled an epic double century and Wriddhiman Saha complimented with a career-best 117 to deflate Australia and put India in a strong position.

Pujara became the first Indian batsman to face 500 deliveries in a Test innings, spending more than 11 hours at the crease for his marathon 202 on the penultimate day of the contest.

Resuming the day with India 91 runs behind Australia's first innings total of 451, Pujara and Saha frustrated the tourists and batted through the first two sessions to forge a 199-run seventh wicket partnership.

Wriddhiman Saha acknowledges the crowd after completing his century 

IMAGE: Wriddhiman Saha raises his bat after completing his half-century. Photograph: BCCI

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

Pujara faced 525 balls in his tireless knock, capitalising on the exceptionally fast outfield to score 21 boundaries at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association Stadium, which is hosting its first Test.

Pujara was given out lbw to a sharply turning Nathan Lyon delivery when on 157 but he managed to prolong Australia's misery by using review to get the decision overturned.

The 29-year-old took a single off Lyon to bring up his third double century before falling to the off-spinner.

India's Cheteshwar Pujara dives to avoid being run out as Australia's Steve O'Keefe (R) looks on in despair

IMAGE: India's Cheteshwar Pujara dives to avoid being run out as Australia's Steve O'Keefe (R) looks on in despair. Photograph: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

Saha matched Pujara's doggedness at the other end after surviving a couple of reviews earlier in the day.

Playing his second Test more than five years after his first, Australia paceman Pat Cummins (4-106) nearly completed a five-wicket haul when Saha was given out leg-before.

The batsman immediately reviewed and replays suggested the ball would have missed the stumps.

Saha also got a reprieve on 51 when his fellow wicketkeeper Matthew Wade spilled an edge.

Wriddhiman Saha does well to evade a bouncer

IMAGE: Wriddhiman Saha does well to evade a bouncer. Photograph: BCCI

The stumper-batsman ducked well under the bouncers from Cummins and took a single off Glenn Maxwell to complete his century which drew his team mates in the dressing room on their feet.

Once past his hundred, he too went for quick runs and fell to Steve O'Keefe who bowled a staggering 77 overs for his three wickets as Australia endured a tough day on the field. 

Ravindra Jadeja frees his arms as he sends a Nathan Lyon delivery for a six

IMAGE: Ravindra Jadeja frees his arms as he sends a Nathan Lyon delivery for a six. Photograph: BCCI

Down the order, Jadeja clobbered a couple of sixes in his brisk unbeaten 54 to rub salt to Australia's injuries, celebrating his fifty by twirling his bat like a sword.

Home skipper Virat Kohli called his batsmen in as soon as they crossed the 600-run mark and unleashed his spinners on Australia to drive home the advantage.

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