India set series benchmarks on tough batting day

India set series benchmarks on tough batting day

Just when Australia were looking to threaten the Indian line-up, Pujara and Rahane (40 not out) joined together an unbeaten 93-run stand to take the total to 213 for four in 72 overs, stretching the lead to 126 runs. In this Test, India were 4-120, leading by just 33.

Pujara and Anjinkya Rahane were batting on 79 and 40 respectively.

India at 242 for 7 and all top order batsmen left, had little hope to further bulge the overall lead.

India were cruising at 238-4 today when Starc turned the match on its head.

Rahane was equally persistent in his resolve to give the visitors a daunting fourth innings chase as he hardly played a loose shot during his 105-ball stay.

Nathan Lyon, who started his spell on a hat-trick following his haul of 8-50 in the first innings, went within centimetres of clean bowling Mukund on 15 with a ball that didn't turn.

Kohli's review of his lbw against Australian seamer Josh Hazlewood in the second innings delivered much drama as the third umpire upheld the on-field call much to the star batsman's disappointment. His small partnerships with opener Abhinav Mukund (39) and then with Pujara (45) for the second wicket probably set the tone for India's second innings. Smith, at first slip, dived to his right to pull off a brilliant catch.

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Rahul is the first batsman to manage 200 runs or more in the present series - his tally being 215 (ave.53.75) in four innings.

The tourists added only 43 runs to their overnight score for the loss of their last four wickets. However, till now, Shaun Marsh is the highest scorer for Australia who scored 66 runs in 197 balls.

A frustrating 16-run partnership followed for India, though, as Wriddhiman Saha (20 not out) and Ishant Sharma (6) combined for some crucial runs.

"I don't think so".

Ravichandran Ashwin might be ICC Test No. 1 bowler, but against Australia, it is Ravindra Jadeja who is getting India most number of wickets as compared to his counterpart. "We will put up a better show in the next innings". "That's the only way we could put pressure back, because the fielders were back on the boundaries".

The Rahane dismissal was arguably the turning point of the session, even more so with umpire Nigel Llong initially giving Rahane not out but after an Australian review, the decision was overturned much to delight of Steve Smith and co.