We are very much in the game: Pujara

We are very much in the game: Pujara

Mukund's first Test in nearly six years ended on a sorry note as his off-stump was uprooted for 16 following a first- innings duck.

Here's a look at the major talking points from the third day's play of the second Test between India and Australia in Bangalore.

Pujara's confidence might be down to the fact that India's bowlers were persistent all through and let Australia score only 197 runs on the day.

Earlier, India had scored 189 runs in their first innings. They ended up giving away only 37. Still, Jadeja was not bowled much by Kohli, who relied on his number one spinner Ashwin as the Chennai man bowled 49 overs for two wickets.

Jadeja bowled a brilliant over where he dismissed Matthew Wade and Nathan Lyon off consecutive balls.

6-63 Ravindra Jadeja's figures in the first innings, the second best of his career. He combined with Pujara for a 45-run stand for the second wicket to steady India.

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Pujara said the pitch, while still offering the bowlers plenty of help, had probably been more hard to bat on on the first day, when KL Rahul had suggested Nathan Lyon profited from early dampness to generate extra turn and bounce. But this is where India built the most important partnership of the series so far.

The Marsh brothers batted together for three overs before paceman Sharma got his first wicket of the match with a ball that kept low and hit Mitch Marsh (0) just in front of leg stump. The bowler hit his mark, and Mukund's middle stump went for a walk. However, 2nd day of the Bangalore Test showed a different side of the Indian cricket team. But, as it turned out it was much more complicated. He had taken 8 for 50 in 22.2 overs in the first innings.

"Apart from that, as a bowling unit we had to make some changes".

However, on most times the desired end-result eluded. O'Keefe produced an edge of Rahul's bat and Smith dived towards his right to pull off a one-handed blinder. But after 25 deliveries he was making his walk bat to stunned silence.

On India's woes with the Decision Review System (DRS), he admitted, "We've been working on it". Renshaw and Marsh led the team mainly where the opening partnership between Warner and Renshaw added more than fifty runs to the scoreboard. They are playing the spinners, as well as the pacer easily and Australia desperately need a wicket to get back into the game.



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