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Handscomb, Marsh salvage draw for Australia in Ranchi

The middle order duo of Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb produced some gritty batting to help Australia salvage a draw against India in the third cricket Test match at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) Stadium in Ranchi on Monday.

Handscomb and Marsh forged a brilliant 124-run fifth-wicket stand as Australia ended their second innings at 204/6 and denied the hosts any chance of gaining a 2-1 lead in the series. The Indians had declared their first innings at 603/9 on the fourth day for a lead of 152 runs in response to Australia's first innings total of 451.

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Shaun Marsh: "We are looking forward to Dharamsala"

Middle-order batsman Shaun Marsh, who helped Australia salvage a draw against India in the third cricket Test, was happy with the result and said the team performed well despite tough conditions.

Marsh (53) and Peter Handscomb (72 not out) forged a brilliant 124-run fifth-wicket stand as Australia ended the final day at 204/6 and denied the hosts any chance of gaining a 2-1 lead in the series.

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Smith proud of battling Aussies' performance in Ranchi Test

Australian skipper Steve Smith on Monday said they were a few runs short in the first innings against India in the third cricket Test match. In the first innings, Australia were bowled out for 451 with Smith (178) and middle order batsman Glenn Maxwell (104) scoring handsomely for the cause.

"It was important to score big first-innings runs, we left ourselves a bit short there. 450 was not enough to win this match," Smith, who scored 21 runs in the second innings, said after the match.

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South African bowler believes New Zealand committed harakiri with team selection

South African off-spinner Dane Piedt, who was included in the squad for their final cricket Test against New Zealand here, on Monday said the home side should have backed their pace bowlers rather than spinners.

Left-arm orthodox spinner Keshav Maharaj's career-best 6-40 guided South Africa to a comfortable victory in the second Test in Wellington to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. 

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Darren Lehmann: "There's no real demons in the track"

Australia's coach Darren Lehmann expects his wards to apply themselves well during the final of the third Test on Monday and see out the tie, keeping all their practice in similar conditions in mind.

Australia were reduced to 23/2 at stumps as Ravindra Jadeja sent opener David Warner and nightwatchman Nathan Lyon back to the hut early. In the first innings, India took a 152-run lead after amassing 603/9 declared in reply to Australia's 451.

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