Adam Collins in Ranchi

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Name: Adam Collins in Ranchi
Date registered: March 15, 2017
URL: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/australia-cricket-team

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  1. Handscomb and Marsh guide Australia to draw and keep India series alive — March 20, 2017
  2. Steve Smith and Australia set for Ranchi pitch battle with Virat Kohli and India — March 15, 2017

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Mar 20

Handscomb and Marsh guide Australia to draw and keep India series alive

  • Australia 451 & 204-6; India 603-9 dec | Australia secure draw in Ranchi
  • Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh’s half-centuries save the game

Defying lowly expectations derived from modern history in this part of the world, Australian batsmen Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb skilfully navigated their side to the safety of a crucial draw with India on the final day at Ranchi, maintaining the series ledger at one apiece.

The reward for Steve Smith’s gallant tourists is a blockbuster, winner-takes-all series decider in Dharamshala from Saturday. Common wisdom is that Tests in India speed up at their conclusion, and that if you find yourself batting on the final day, well, best of luck. When Australia lost two late wickets on the penultimate evening – including opener David Warner – the final script threatened to read that way.

Related: Australia keep Border-Gavaskar series alive in Ranchi – as it happened

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/20/handscomb-and-marsh-guide-australia-to-draw-and-keep-india-series-alive

Mar 15

Steve Smith and Australia set for Ranchi pitch battle with Virat Kohli and India

With neither captain backing down from the acrimony of Bangalore, the barbs are still flying as the state of the third Test pitch generates similar heat

The most significant match of the Steve Smith era to date awaits, with a backdrop of a buildup as tense as any between these sides since 2008. Spot fires are smouldering, with neither captain ceding an inch in the aftermath of Bangalore. All to be played on a surface the like these Australians have never seen before. Where’s the popcorn?

Smith’s men earned themselves three chances to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy after their famous victory at Pune. But after falling just short in the Bangalore classic, there is a palpable sense that if it is to be their destiny to join Bill Lawry’s side of 1969 and Ricky Ponting’s of 2004, they have to get it done this week.

Related: Steve Smith and Australia offered rare opportunity to take moral high ground | Sam Perry

Related: Unexpected closeness of Test series helping create fireworks on and off field | Geoff Lemon

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/15/steve-smith-and-australia-set-for-ranchi-pitch-battle-with-virat-kohli-and-india