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India vs Australia: India eye Test win as Ishant, Jadeja keep pressure on Aussies


Australian batsman and captain Steve Smith (R) is bowled as Indian wicketkeeper wriddhiman Saha (C) reacts during the fifth day of the third cricket Test match between India and Australia at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) Stadium complex in Ranchi on March 20, 2017./ GETTYOUT

Ranchi: Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja took two wickets in quick succession to put the pressure firmly on Australia as the visitors posted 83/4 at lunch on the fifth day of the third Test here on Monday.

The visitors trail India by 69 runs. It was a sedate first hour of play where overnight batsmen Matt Renshaw and skipper Steve Smith looked to dig in their bid to save the five-day affair.

But Renshaw (15 off 84) finally fell to Sharma LBW and Smith (21 off 68) too departed, handing Jadeja (3/22) his third wicket of the innings.

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At the lunch break, Shaun Marsh (15 not out) and Peter Handscomb (4 not out) were at the crease.