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Australia’s bold aspiration for a series win in India that would defy both history and logic remains tantalisingly alive after they kept India’s bowlers at bay for a full day to force a draw few dared foresee. A result that means the four-Test campaign remains balanced at 1-1 heading into the decider starting next Saturday, and one that seemed unfeasible when the tourists slumped to 4-63 (still 88 runs in deficit) before lunch on day five. However, a game-altering fifth-wicket stand of 124 between Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb – who finished unconquered on 72 having prevailed for 200 balls and 261 minutes – thwarted the India bowlers who had appeared set to cut down the visitors’ batting line-up.

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