Third Test Ends in Draw for India and Australia


The India – Australia Test series is underway. Three Test matches have already taken place with one more to go. Australia won the first Test, and India won the second Test in the four match series. The third Test took place in Ranchi, and has ended in a draw.

When there were three overs left of play, Virat Kohli, the Indian team’s captain, decided to call time and name the match a draw. He knew that a result was impossible with just three overs left to play. In the first innings, Australia ended with 451/10 (137.3), and India declared at 603d/9 (210). In Australia’s second innings, the team made 204/6 before the match was declared a draw.

In the second innings, Steve Smith, the Australian skipper, was dismissed after just 21 runs from 84 balls. He was bowled out by Ravi Jadeja without offering a shot. The ball simply took his off-stump out of the ground. Smith received a lot of comments about his dismissal being ‘brainfade’ on social media. In the first innings, Smith had scored an unbeaten 178 runs.

Virat Kohli asked for the decision review system to be used once again when Shaun Marsh was hit on the pads, and it was not judged as an LBW. Many have ridiculed the Indian skipper for insisting that the decision review system be used again. The review showed that the ball had not been bowled in line, and Marsh stayed at the bat. Marsh made his half century from 190 balls that included seven boundaries. Kohli injured his shoulder when fielding on the first day of the third Test. He did come in to bat in his usual position.

In the fourth, and final, Test match of the series, India and Australia will be battling it out to see who will win. The match is set to take place on 25th March 2017 in Dharamsala.