Wriddhiman Saha outdoes MS Dhoni with his highest Test score

first_imgWriddhiman Saha hit a career-best 117 to deflate Australia and put India in a strong position on the fourth day of the third Test on Sunday. (Day 4 Highlights)Saha applied a gritty approach throughout his innings and faced some chin music but that did not deter him. In fact Saha showed character and his rich temperament to score his third Test century.Saha also became the highest scorer for India against Australia at No.8, surpassing former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s score of 92 in Mohali in October, 2008. The highest by an Australian No.8 against India is 88 by Mitchell Johnson in 2014 in Brisbane.Saha, who came onto bat after India were reduced to 328/6 with the hosts still behind by 123 runs, joined forces with Cheteshwar Pujara to blunt the spirited attack and break a 69-year-old record for the highest seventh-wicket partnership for India against Australia.Pujara and Saha frustrated the tourists and batted through the first two sessions to forge a 199-run seventh wicket partnership. The duo batted for 317 minutes together and was involved in India’s record seventh-wicket partnership against Australia, bettering Hemu Adhikari and Vijay Hazare’s 132-run stand in Adelaide in 1948.Both fell in the final session trying to accelerate. Pujara faced 525 balls in his tireless 202-run knock, capitalising on the exceptionally fast outfield to score 21 boundaries.However, their monumental knocks gave India a 152-run lead before Virat Kohli declared India’s innings at 603/9. Australia were tottering at 23/2 at stumps on Day 4 after Ravindra Jadeja struck twice in successive overs to give the upper hand.advertisementIndia are eyeing a 2-1 series lead after Australia’s massive 333-run victory in the opening Test in Pune, and India bounced back in style to defeat Steve Smith’s men by 75 runs in Bengaluru to make it 1-1. The fourth Test will be played in Dharamsala from March 25.WATCH SPORTS WRAPlast_img read more

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