Australia 87 ahead after Jadeja takes six

End of innings Australia 276 (S Marsh 66, Renshaw 60, Jadeja 6-63) lead India 189 by 87 runs
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Ravindra Jadeja picked up 6 for 63 © Associated Press

Ravindra Jadeja picked up six wickets to help prevent Australia from extending their lead into triple-figures on the third morning in Bengaluru. Having resumed at 237 for 6, with a 48-run advantage, the Australia lower order added a further 39 for the loss of their last four wickets, finishing with an 87-run lead when they were bowled out for 276.

Jadeja claimed three of the four wickets to finish with 6 for 63, the second-best figures of his Test career after the 7 for 48 he collected against England in Chennai in December. However, it was R Ashwin who made the first breakthrough of the morning when Mitchell Starc slogged high to deep midwicket but failed to clear Jadeja, who completed a good catch near the boundary.

Matthew Wade moved on to 40 before he was done by Jadeja’s spin from around the wicket and was trapped in front, finding no solace in his review of the decision. Next ball, Jadeja struck again as Nathan Lyon tried to sweep a fullish delivery and was lbw for a golden duck; like Wade, Lyon asked for a review, but likewise was denied satisfaction.

Although Josh Hazlewood survived Jadeja’s hat-trick delivery, the final wicket fell in Jadeja’s next over when Hazlewood skied a catch to long-on to leave Steve O’Keefe unbeaten on 4. Jadeja’s efforts had kept India in the match and stopped Australia from building too big a lead, although on a cracking pitch with variable bounce, their 87-run advantage was still extremely valuable.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @brydoncoverdale

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