India on verge of victory as Australia collapse

The players are going to say things here and there and their emotions are going to be high as it should be in such a big series. The variation of off-spinner and left-arm spinner also works well.

Ravindra Jadeja and Matthew Wade were involved in some serious war of words, and the likes of Steve Smith also joined in, but the left-hander had the last laugh, completing an important half-century.

There was a lot of banter between Jadeja and Matthew Wade, with constant cameos from the other close-in fielders, adding further drama to yet another moving third day's play. Australia's own fast bowlers had done nothing of this sort in the morning despite bowling with the second new ball that was a mere 11 overs old. Jadeja shrugged off Cummins's domination by opting to take on the short balls and finding effectiveness with his pull shots. Fellow opener Matt Renshaw, too, fell to the same Umesh-Saha pair but it was in between these two dismissals that India had their best moment. With the Australians setting the hosts 106 target in their final innings, only a sensational batting collapse can prevent the coveted trophy from changing hands.

This was the most telling statistic on a day the allrounder, already the World's No.1 Test bowler, evolved as a Test batsman in a single session. Even on the most unresponsive surfaces, Jadeja has been his skipper's go-to man to keep a lid on the run-scoring.

Ravichandran Ashwin, who trapped Maxwell lbw, attempted to play peacemaker by shepherding Wade away from the row.

"It feels good that people think that I am one of the responsible players of this team. This is my achievement, more than man of the match and man of the series, this feeling of being a valuable player is good". You know when you come here that there is a danger of losing wickets in clumps.

  • Julie Sanders