Handscomb-Marsh rearguard earns draw for Australia

  • Handscomb, Marsh defy India with century stand
  • Series remains level at 1-1
  • Dharamsala hosts final match from Saturday

Australia coach Darren Lehmann had asked his team on Sunday to learn from the focus and application shown by India's Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha whose 199-run partnership gave the hosts their commanding position.

Handscomb and Marsh certainly did, thwarting the Indian bowlers for 62 overs on a fifth day wicket at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association Stadium.

Ravichandran Ashwin nearly got Marsh stumped in the final session, while Handscomb survived a review after being hit on the pad by a ball that, replays suggested, would have hit the top of the middle stump.

Jadeja eventually dismissed Marsh and Ashwin sent back Glenn Maxwell but Australia were safe by then.

The teams now move to Dharamsala for the final match from Saturday.