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Pujara, Saha power India into crucial lead, Australia 23-2

Superb batting by Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha coupled with excellent bowling by Ravindra Jadeja put India in a strong position on the fourth day of the third cricket Test against Australia in Ranchi on Sunday.

Pujara scored a double-century and Saha notched up a ton as the duo produced a partnership of 199 runs to enable India declare their first innings at 603/9 for a lead of 152 runs. Australia had scored 451 in their first innings.


Bangladesh in with more than a whiff of historic win in Sri Lanka

Riding on a valiant century from Dimuth Karunaratne, Sri Lanka reached 268/8 in their second innings at close of play, building a lead of 139 runs over Bangladesh at the P. Sara Oval on Saturday.

Mustafizur Rahman (3/52) and Shakib Al Hasan (3/61) shared six wickets between them to run through the hosts' batting order and hand Bangladesh a rare shot at victory on the opponents' home turf in their 100th Test.


Murali Vijay: "If we can extend the lead, we will have a good game in our hands"

Opening batsman Murali Vijay did not want to rate his innings highly saying he could have pushed himself harder as India ended day three on 360/6 trailing by 91 runs against Australia here on Saturday.

"I wouldn't rate it as a good innings," Vijay said after the day's play at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) Stadium.


Pujara ton lifts India to 360-6 on slow day in Ranchi

Centurion Cheteshwar Pujara's marathon effort helped India whittle down the lead to 91 runs as the hosts reached 360/6 at stumps on day three of the third cricket Test against Australia here on Saturday.

Pujara (130 not out) and wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha (18 not out) were undefeated after adding 32 runs for the seventh wicket when the umpires dislodged the bails for the day at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association Stadium.


Maharaj praises support cast for guiding South Africa to victory

South African left-arm spinner, Keshav Maharaj, has praised the support from the pace bowlers after his career-best haul of 6/40 in the eight-wicket win against New Zealand in the second Test match in Wellington on Saturday. Maharaj defied the traditionally seam-friendly conditions to help dismiss the hosts for 171 in their second innings, but believes he capitalised on the pressure created by Vernon Philander (0/38) and Morne Morkel (3/50) with the new ball, along with Kagiso Rabada (1/38) who was at his fast fiery best.

“The seamers helped me out a lot, they made it difficult to score,” he admitted after his man-of-the-match performance on Saturday. “Vernon and Morne upfront with the new ball were the best that we know them to be. I put the ball in the right area and managed to get a few scalps here and there. 


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