Ranchi, March 20: The third Test match between India and Australia ended in a draw in Ranchi after Australia were 204/6 in their second innings at the end of Day 5. Australia lost a couple of wickets early on Day 4, but Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb stitched together a brilliant partnership that proved to be the saving grace for the visitors.
Australia finished on 204/6 with Handscomb and Matthew Wade remaining unbeaten. India were left to rue a drop catch of Handscomb shortly after the tea interval that proved extremely vital.
He went on to forge a 124-run alliance with Marsh and it denied India, who had restricted the tourists to 63/4.
Ishant Sharma and Jadeja dealt Australia late blows in the morning session to increase their stranglehold on the match. In an eventful over, Ishant removed Matt Renshaw while Jadeja responded next over with the big wicket of captain Steve Smith, leaving Australia with a daunting task of saving the Test.
Jadeja continued to pitch the ball outside off and created pressure. He hardly gave anything away, conceding just 12 runs in the entire session. Jadeja's miserly spell could be estimated by the fact that Australia went without scoring a run for 32 balls. India lost their first of the two reviews when Marsh did not offer a shot and the ball hit him outside off. It was a bad call and was immediately turned down on referral.
India began the final session well. Ashwin bowled a maiden and Umesh bent his back, but wickets didn't come. There was little excitement on offer when an Umesh delivery that thudded onto Handscomb's back pad but the call was turned down on referral.
Brief score: Australia 204/6 and 451 all out (Peter Handscomb 72, Shaun Marsh 53; Jadeja 4/54) drew with India 603/9 dec