Fightback edges India ahead of the Aussies

Rohit Reshammiya Hashmi

Unlike the collapse faced in the first innings, India have fought back strongly in their second innings on the third day. India had the brightest moment of the series so far when Ajinkya Rahane & Cheteshwar Pujara forged an unbeaten stand of 93 runs.

The start of the innings was led by KL Rahul’s continual of sharp form as the opener, followed by the foundation established by the star performers of the day – Pujara & Rahane. The partnership stands as the highest so far in the series, going past Warner & Renshaw’s gathered 82 in the first Test at Pune.

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After eight sessions of play, India has finally managed to dominate. Now, the conclusive equation remains on a 50-50 probability for the either team as per till stumps on the third day. KL Rahul believes if the trending pair of Pujara & Rahane manages to add another 100 runs on Day 4, it would be worth “gold” in the context of this crucial match. “It was a little easier than the first innings, when the pitch was damp and that’s why it bounced a bit more. I’ve played a lot of cricket here, it’s my home and I know the third day is the best to bat,” he said.

“On the fourth day, a few will keep down and a few will bounce up. So now we are really happy we got off to a good start and got good partnerships.” On behalf of the breakthrough seeking Australian brigade, pacer Josh Hazelwood believes quick bowlers will play a bigger role in the next two days and stressed on the need to bowl straighter after the ongoing Test was left evenly-poised following India’s determined fightback.

“There’s not much swing, and not much reverse swing either. So the plans are pretty simple, but sometimes they are hard to execute. You’ve got to bowl stump to stump. I think the Indian quicks bowled really well for a majority of yesterday. We can still improve on today, “said Hazelwood. The thorough actions on the fourth day about whether the Indian line-up pile up sufficient or the Aussies’ attack stop their heroics would actually sketch out the fate of the match.

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