India will bounce back, says Cheteshwar Pujara

Ross Houston
March 7, 2017

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They have added 93 runs for so far giving India a lead of 126 runs on a tough wicket to bat on.

A wicket was always round the corner - not for Australia, but for the Indians earlier.

Virat Kohli waiting for third umpire’s decision in Bangalore on Saturday
Virat Kohli waiting for third umpire’s decision in Bangalore on Saturday

KL Rahul played some remarkable shots in second innings before being dismissed for 51 by O Keefe. Both batsmen had fallen cheaply in their last three innings, however the pair played a solid rescue act, as India posted 91 runs for no loss in the final session.

Cheteshwar Pujara is unbeaten on 79 and Ajinkya Rahane not out on 40.

Skipper Kohli was caught plumb in front by Hazlewood.

On Day 4, the hosts will look to extend their lead and set up a big score for Australia to chase. That's the only way we could put pressure back, because the fielders were back on the boundaries. The two showed great application in the middle and will be crucial for India's hopes on this pitch.

"I think there was enough help for Ashwin". "It's obviously pretty intense out there but we try to stick to playing on skills and be quite calm out there and I think that's when we play our best cricket". "We would try to restrict them in another 30-40 runs", he said. "Once we get that we will have to bat well and put up a decent total on the board", Pujara told reporters. Cheteshwar Pujara repelled everything that Australia could throw at him. We bowled tight lines, even the lengths were very good.

Ravindra Jadeja picked up figures of 6 for 63, the second best haul of his career, to be the pick of the Indian bowlers despite bowling less than half the number of overs that Ravi Ashwin bowled for his 2 for 84.

After three days of exciting drama, all has come down to one session, whoever wins the first session on Day 4 is likely to run away with the game as well. "We are getting better in DRS", he said. They fought back really well in that last session. "That's probably where the wickets are for the quicks for the rest of the game", said Hazlewood, who rocked India's batting order with three crucial wickets. "It feels pretty level at the moment".

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