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Pujara double hundred
gives India 152-run lead
RANCHI---A 199-run sev-
enth-wicket partnership between
Cheteshwar Pujara and Wrid-
dhiman Saha gave India a 152-run
lead after they declared their first
innings at 603-9 against Austral-
Australia was put in for eight overs
until stumps, a spell that cost them
with the tourists at 23-2 when play
ended. Matt Renshaw was unbeaten
on 7 runs.
Ravindra Jadeja (2-6) bowled
David Warner (14) in the sixth over
with a delivery that turned in sharp-
ly after hitting the rough outside the
He also bowled nightwatchman
Nathan Lyon (2) in the last over of
The dismissals came after both Pu-
jara (202) and Saha (117) reached their
individual milestones post tea. First,
Saha got to his third test hundred off
Then, Pujara scored his third dou-
ble hundred off 521 balls. It was also
his second double hundred against
Australia, after 204 runs at Hyder-
abad in 2013.
Thereafter, the duo looked for some
quick runs. The change in approach
didn't work with Pujara playing a
loose shot, and getting caught at
short mid-wicket off Nathan Lyon
(1-163) in the 194th over.
In all, Pujara faced 525 balls and hit
21 fours, batting for a staggering 675
Saha was out three overs later,
caught at cover off Steve O'Keefe
Umesh Yadav (16), dropped early at
mid-on off Josh Hazlewood (1-103),
added 54 runs with Ravindra Jadeja
(54 not out) for the ninth wicket.
This partnership hurt Australia
as Jadeja brought up his sixth test
half-century off only 51 balls. In all,
he hit five fours and two sixes.
Yadav was last man dismissed in
the 209th over, as India declared
shortly afterwards with a handy lead.
Pat Cummins finished with 4-106.
Earlier, Australia went wicket-less
in the first two sessions of the day.
Starting at an overnight 360-6,
Pujara-Saha added 75 and 68 runs
respectively on either side of the
On day three, Pujara had scored
his 11th test hundred, and kept Aus-
tralia's bowling in check. The visitors
scored 451 runs in their first innings
across days one and two, thanks to
Steve Smith's 178 runs.
Glenn Maxwell (104) scored his
maiden test hundred while Ravindra
Jadeja picked up 5-124.
The four-match series is currently
level at 1-1 after Australia won the
series opener at Pune by 333 runs,
and India leveled with a 75-run win
in Bangalore. (AP)
Pakistan suspends Hasan
on alleged corruption
A fourth Pakistan interna-
tional has been suspended for
alleged corruption, with Ka-
rachi Kings opener Shahzaib
Hasan the latest player to be
The Pakistan Super League con-
cluded in an emotional final in La-
hore but the spectre of spot-fixing
continues to blight the country's
Hasan made the last of his 13
international appearances in 2010
and joins Mohammad Irfan, Khalid
Latif and Sharjeel Khan in being
withdrawn as part of an ongoing
probe into the PSL.
A PCB statement read: "The
Pakistan Cricket Board has today
issued Shahzaib Hasan a Notice of
Charge and provisionally suspend-
ed him with immediate effect from
participating in all forms of crick-
et. Shahzaib has been charged with
violations of Code Articles 2.1.4,
2.4.4 and 2.4.5 and now has 14 days
to respond to the Notice of Charge.
Ireland secures 3rd ODI win
Paul Stirling made 99 as Ireland
secured victory in the third one-
day international against Afghan-
istan, their first win in six matches
on tour, yesterday.
Stirling made 95 in the previ-
ous game and went even closer
to a sixth century in the format,
bowled by Mohammed Nabi after
misreading the line.
He joins Eoin Morgan, now the
England captain, as the only Irish
batsman to be dismissed one short
of a hundred.
The left-hander had already
done his share of the lifting as the
Irish reeled in Afghanistan's 264
for eight with six wickets and nine
balls to spare in Greater Noida,
ending a losing sequence of three
Twenty20s and the first two ODIs.
Stirling shared stands of 96 and
59 with Niall O'Brien and Andrew
Balbirnie, the latter still around at
the end with 85 not out.
Afghanistan had earlier posted
the lowest first-innings total of
the five-match series to date. At
97 for six they were on course for
an even lower score but Gulbadin
Naib, Rashid Khan and Shafiqullah
all weighed in with half-centuries
as the tail wagged.
Strike bowlers Peter Chase and
Tim Murtagh both took two wick-
ets, with Andy McBrine turning in
seven miserly overs.
India's Wriddhiman Saha, front, and Cheteshwar Pujara
run between the wickets during the fourth day of their
third test cricket match against Australia in Ranchi, India,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
India vs Australia
Australia 1st Innings: 451
India 1st Innings
L. Rahul c Wade b Cummins
M. Vijay st Wade b O'Keefe
C. Pujara c Maxwell b Lyon
V. Kohli c Smith b Cummins
A. Rahane c Wade b Cummins
K. Nair b Hazlewood
R. Ashwin c Wade b Cummins
W. Saha c Maxwell b O'Keefe
R. Jadeja not out
U. Yadav c Warner b O'Keefe
I. Sharma not out
Extras: (14b, 5lb)
Total: (for nine wickets)
Overs: 210. Minutes: 869.
Fall of wickets: 1-91, 2-193,
3-225, 4-276, 5-320,
6-328, 7-527, 8-541, 9-595.
Bowling: Josh Hazlewood 44-10-103-1,
Pat Cummins 39-10-106-4,
Steve O'Keefe 77-17-199-3,
Nathan Lyon 46-2-163-1,
Glenn Maxwell 4-0-13-0.
Australia 2nd Innings
D. Warner b Jadeja
M. Renshaw not out
N. Lyon b Jadeja
TOTAL: (for two wickets)
Overs: 7.2. Minutes: 24.
Fall of wickets: 1-17, 2-23.
Still to bat: Steve Smith,
Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell,
Mathew Wade, Steve O'Keefe, Pat Cummins,
Bowling: Ravichandran Ashwin 4-0-17-0,
Ravindra Jadeja 3.2-1-6-2.
To s s : won by Australia.
Umpires: Chris Gaffaney,
New Zealand, and
Ian Gould, England.
TV Umpire: Nigel Llong, England.
Match Referee: Richie Richardson, West Indies.
Afghanistan inns (50 overs): 264-8
(Rashid 56, Naib 51, Shafiqullah 50*;
Murtagh 2-49, Chase 2-55)
Ireland inns (48.3 overs): 265-4
(Stirling 99, Balbirnie 85*, Wilson
28*; Zadran 2-52)
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