After strong show, a meek surrender hands Australia 188 run target

Tricia Pearson
March 7, 2017

So far, the Australians are winning that one hands down. India called for the review on three occasions on Sunday and the third umpire struck down all. A tie? Any of those outcomes seemed plausible.

For India, a target of 200 plus is something that they would be initially looking for and a 250-run target could well prove to be a winning score on a fourth or fifth-day track. Kohli had scored 0 and 13 in the two innings of the first Test and 12 in the first innings of this Test.

Ravichandran Ashwin was dismissed only a couple of balls later when a Hazlewood delivery came in sharply after pitching outside the off stump and beat the outside edge of an attempted drive before crashing into the stumps. The loss of that review nearly certainly prevented Shaun Marsh using one five overs later.

"Nigel, we're happy to wait for the striker but not the non-striker", Wade told umpire Nigel Llong. There was one incident where Shaun Marsh was out and we didn't take the review. The DRS showed the ball would have hit the leg-stump, and the on-field decision was overturned. On Monday in Bangalore, current-day maestro Virat Kohli made only 15.

The onus will be on Pujara to give India a handy lead. Renshaw out on 5 off Ishant.

Later, Australia bowler Josh Hazlewood said: "It feels pretty level at the moment".

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Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja clinched a six-wicket haul as Australia were dismissed for 276 runs in their first innings on the third day of their second Test against India here on Monday.

Average partnership for wickets sixth and below in this series for India - their lowest in any series in which they have had 20 or more partnerships. He nurtured Ajinkya Rahane (40 batting, 105b, 3×4) along the way as the two put on 91 runs after tea (93 altogether) to put the hosts on a strong pedestal.

"We have been working on it", Pujara said.

His hat-trick ball was unsuccessful but the wickets kept tumbling for Australia, as Hazlewood got in on the act in the very next over. A wicket before that would have been a bonus, as they would have banked on Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood to do the damage with the new ball.

On comes R Ashwin who starts with a boundary on the second ball but his stay in the middle is stopped the very next delivery.

In spite of being outwitted by the Australian spinner in the first innings as well as in Pune Test, Pujara felt that there is nothing wrong with the Indian batting line-up. Every run was important, with the pitch expected to keep deteriorating.

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