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In fact, if Pujara took India close to Australia’s first innings total, Saha was the man who took them over the line.
It also took India from a position where they could see some positives to one of strength.
The two had a seventh wicket stand of 199 runs, during which Pujara notched his third Test double hundred.
It helped him go past Rahul Dravid for the most balls faced by an Indian batsman in a Test innings, a testimony to the calm determination that the Saurashtra batsman possesses.
After Umesh Yadav was dismissed, Kohli waited till Jadeja got his fifty and India crossed the 600-run-mark before declaring the innings.
India v Australia: Cheteshwar Pujara dominates in Ranchi, as tourists focus on survival
India v Australia: Cheteshwar Pujara dominates in Ranchi, as tourists focus on survivalUpdatedAustralia coach Darren Lehmann admits the tourists are only concerned with avoiding defeat to India in the third Test after India’s Cheteshwar Pujara turned the screws with the bat on day four in Ranchi.
Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha, who made 117, put together a 199-run stand for the seventh wicket to overhaul Australia’s 451 on day four.
It’s a case of obviously applying ourselves much like Pujara and Saha did today.”
Resuming the day with India 91 runs behind Australia’s first innings total, Pujara and Saha frustrated the tourists and batted through the first two sessions to forge their potentially match-winning partnership.
Saha also got a reprieve on 51 when Australia wicketkeeper Matthew Wade spilled an edge.