Australia hold out for draw in 3rd India Test

Australian Shuan Marsh (C) raises his bat after he completed a half century (50 runs) as his teammate Peter Handscomb (L) and Indian fielder Karun Nair (R) look on. Photo: SAJJAD HUSSAIN / AFP

RANCHI - Gritty half-centuries from Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh enabled Australia to hold out for a draw in the third Test against India Monday, leaving the four-match series tantalisingly poised at 1-1.

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Australia, who began their second innings 152 runs adrift of the hosts, were in deep trouble after being reduced to 63-4 in Ranchi before Handscomb (72 not out) and Marsh (53) 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 603-9 declared in their first innings.



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