Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb salvage draw in third Australia-India test

Author
Brenton Vannisselroy,
Section
Sport News,
Publish Date
Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 8:26AM
Australia's Peter Handscomb in action in Ranchi. Photo / AP
Australia's Peter Handscomb in action in Ranchi. Photo / AP

The Australian cricket team has claimed the upper hand in the four test series against India after salvaging a draw in the third match in Ranchi.

Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb put together a 124-run partnership to save the match after Australia had slipped to 63 for four early on the final day.

Australian captain Steve Smith said if there's momentum in cricket, it's on their side.

"I think India came in today expecting to bowl us out, and I'm sure they're hurting a little bit in their changing room right now," Smith said after the match.

The Marsh and Handscomb partnership on the final day of play in Ranchi, after Australia had slipped to 63 for four, led to stumps finally being pulled with Australia 204 for six and leading by 52 runs.

Smith is proud of them both.

"One of the things we've been talking about is being resilient, and being able to stick out the tough times," Smith said.

"The way that Petey and Shaun did that was just magnificent."

The four-test series remains level at one-all, with the decider in Dharamsala, starting on Saturday.

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