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3rd Test Between Australia-India Ended In A Draw

Gritty half-centuries from Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh enabled Australia to hold out for a draw in the Third Cricket Test against India, leaving the Four-Match series Tantalisingly poised at 1-1.

Australia, who began their second innings 152 runs adrift of the hosts, were in deep trouble after being reduced to 63 for 4 in Ranchi before Handscomb and Marsh put on 124 for the fifth wicket.

The tourists eventually reached 204 for 6 at stumps on the fifth and final day, after the hosts made a mammoth 603 for 9 declared in their first innings.

Handscomb made 72 while Shaun Marsh scored 53 runs.

India's Ravindra Jadeja claimed four wickets to return with overall match figures of 9 for 178.

Cheteshwar pujara was declared Man of the Match.

The two teams now head to Dharamsala for the Fourth and Final Match starting March 25.