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Australia salvage a draw in Ranchi Test: Twitterati feel its advantage Steve Smith & Co

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Ranchi, March 20: A gritty batting performance by Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh helped Australia salvage a draw against India in the third Test at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) Stadium here on Monday (March 20).

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

Australia salvage a draw in Ranchi Test: Twitterati feel its advantage Steve Smith & Co

Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja was the pick of the bowlers for India as he returned with figures of 4/54. While off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and pacer Ishant Sharma picked a wicket each as India failed to get eight Australian wickets on the final day.

Resuming their second innings from 23/2, Australia lost just 4 more wickets to elude the hosts from a victory and 2-1 lead in the series.

Here's how cricketing fraternity reacted to the draw which is a rarity in Test cricket, nowadays:

Draw a rarity in Tests now

India played a draw after a gap of seven Tests matches. The last Test match India drew, was at Rajkot against England.

Ayaz Menon

Senior cricket commentator Ayaz Menon commended the Aussies for managing a draw.

Michael Vaughan

Former India captain Michael Vaughan congratulated Australian side for managing a draw.

Mitchell Johnson

This is how former Australia quick Mitchell Johnson reacted after the 3rd Test resulted in a draw.

Mohammed Kaif

This is how former India cricketer Mohammed Kaif reacted after the drawn match.

Harsha Bhogle

Veteran cricket commentator feels the upcoming fourth Test will be a cracker of a contest.

Shane Warne

This is how former Australia bowler Shane Warne hailed Australian cricket team for managing a draw.

Dean Jones

Former Australia cricketer Dean Jones congratulated Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb for saving the Test match for India.

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Story first published: Monday, March 20, 2017, 17:40 [IST]
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