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Aussies look to Smith to save game

Aussies look to Smith to save game

On man of the match Pujara, who registered his third Test double century, Kohli said: "He is the most composed player in the team. someone like that is priceless to have him in the team".

The first hour of the day was stonewalled, with Australia scoring only 25 runs and rightfully so.

Ahead of the Dharamsala decider, Steve Smith feels Australia have momentum on their side.

Australia's comeback paceman Pat Cummins claimed four wickets, including that of captain Kohli (6) who has managed just 46 runs in the series. Pujara and Saha batted exceptionally well.

Both of them raced to a 102-run partnership.

The boundaries started to come for India in the final 30 minutes of the first session and just as the pair brought the 100-run stand between them, O'Keefe had Vijay stumped in the final delivery before lunch during which India were 192 for one. Innately aggressive and intimidating, Australia strives to set the tone and they are hard to knock off when in the ascendency. It is very, very rare that a team has to spend more than 200 overs in the field in one innings.

Smith shouldered arms to the delivery, thinking it would either hit his pads or take a sharp turn and go past the wickets.

"All our bowlers bowled really well, but according to me it was Jadeja who was the standout performer", Kohli said.

Virat Kohli said the "hardness of the ball" was a big factor after Australia salvaged a draw in the third Test against India.

The spicy series heated up again late in the day when India captain Virat Kohli gave David Warner a seismic send off after the Australia opener was bowled by Ravindra Jadeja for 14. "They backed their defence for a long period of time and to see the game out for as long as they did, it was an outstanding performance", Smith said.

"It's tough to lose those two wickets, they were some good balls from them".

Reverse swing was always going to be a threat but Ishant and Umesh initially missed a trick and bowled outside off.

Middle-order batsman Peter Handscomb stood tall in front of his wicket to help Australia draw the third Test at the JSCA International Complex, Ranchi that concluded on Monday.

India seized control of the third Test on day four in Ranchi, where Australia gave up a first-innings lead of 152 runs then lost two wickets and nearly certainly any hope of victory. Pujara is only the fourth batsman to face over 500 balls against Australia. "In the second innings, they batted well so it ended in a draw", he began.

Pick up the ball, move into leg-side ring fields, go and get a drink.

"I think the hardness of the ball was a big factor", Kohli said. I guess I'm in a Test match, for my country, in India.


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