Smith's pride in 'resilient' Australia
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 20, 2017,
Mar 20, 2017, 21:56
India's Ravindra Jadeja claimed four wickets to return with overall match figures of 9-178 at India's newest Test venue.
A bigger blow awaited Australia in the next over when Jadeja, who already has eight wickets in the match to go with an unbeaten fifty with the bat, spun one past Smith's advancing pad and uprooted the off-stump. Instead Sharma bowled a full-length incoming ball that hit him plumb. I'm not sure what happened with Ishant, he wasn't happy overall.
That the series is locked at 1-1 with one to play is a feather in the caps of the Australians, whom many believed were staring at another humiliating whitewash in India.
Australian skipper Steve Smith on Monday (March 20) said they were a few runs short in the first innings against India in the third cricket Test match here.
The left-right batting combine of Handscomb and Marsh outmanoeuvered the Indian bowlers during their 232-minute resistance which was broken late in the final session.
When Ravichandran Ashwin came to bat at the seventh spot India were 320 for the loss of five wickets. I am very proud of the way the boys stuck it out.
Encapsulating Australia's newfound focus and doggedness was Marsh and Handscomb, who bravely put on 124 runs from 374 balls.
Pujara was the beneficiary of a marginal lbw call, prompting Australia to review unsuccessfully as Steven O'Keefe looked to have beaten the inside edge of the bat, only for replays to prove inconclusive before the original decision was upheld. It was a masterclass in defence and application but, importantly, they looked to score runs through rotation of the strike knowing that being anchored to the crease was nearly kamikaze. "The cricket balls? I haven't really thought about it", he said.
Smith and overnight batsman Matt Renshaw denied India for about 21 overs before falling in a space of four balls, with the prospect of an innings defeat looming over the tourists.
Maxwell was dismissed three overs later, though, ending a 191-run partnership with Smith, after edging behind off Jadeja, who saw off Wade in an identical manner after a quickfire 37 before bowling Cummins two balls later.
Dwelling on Handscomb, Smith said, "He's looked very good in every game so far without going on to make a score".
However, Australia kept things tight leaving Vijay and Pujara (130 not out) just 13 runs in the first 10 overs of the day.
Pujara (202) and Saha (117) steered India to 603 for nine against Australia and gave the team a substantial 152-run lead in the third Test, which eventually ended in a draw.
"Everyone has his point of view".
Australia won the first Test in Pune before India came back to level the series in the ill-tempered match in Bangalore.