Cheteshwar Pujara has started to play with a lot of maturity: Jasprit Bumrah

first_imgIndia made early inroads into the Australian tail and skittled the hosts inside the first session and then took control of the first Test with the bat on day 3 at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday.Led by the strong performance of the bowlers, India restricted Australia to 235 and took a slender first innings lead of 15 runs and also gained a psychological advantage over the hosts, which was more important for Virat Kohli’s side.The batsmen then came to the party and produced a much-improved performance after a disappointing run in the first innings by scoring 151 runs for the loss of 3 wickets, with the lead stretching to 166 runs at stumps on the third day.”(The match is) slightly in our favor because we have a good lead. The first session (of day four) will be very important. If we capitalize on that, we will be in a very good place in this match,” India paceman Jasprit Bumrah said after the day’s play.KL Rahul (44), Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli (34) put India in a commanding position and they can now dictate terms on the fourth day if the batsmen continue to play like the way they did on Saturday.Pujara, who rescued India’s first innings with a sparkling 123, survived to stumps on 40 not out, with number five Ajinkya Rahane batting on one run under a cloudy sky.”He’s (Pujara) shown a lot of patience, that is the key element in Test cricket. He knows his game in and out, he knows his strengths.advertisement”He knows to leave the ball and he’s playing with the bowlers’ patience as well. He has done that over the years and has started to play with a lot of maturity. That’s his strength,” Bumrah praised Pujara.Pujara was involved in a 71-run partnership with Kohli, who came in to bat just before tea with India vulnerable at 76 for two.The pair stood firm through the best part of a session before spinner Nathan Lyon snared Kohli for 34 to end their third-wicket stand.Massive moment late in the day! Nathan Lyon has now dismissed Virat Kohli six times in Test cricket; the most by any bowler.#AUSvIND | @bet365_aus pic.twitter.com/VhHxfYToT2cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 8, 2018Pujara now holds the key for India, who will look to take the game beyond Australia’s reach on the fourth day.Another player who is definitely going to play a big part in the final stages of the Test match is Ravichandran Ashwin, who was a constant threat for the left-handed Aussie batsmen.”In the fourth innings he will obviously play a crucial role. We saw Nathan Lyon using the rough to his advantage so I think (Ashwin) knows what he has to do,” said Bumrah as he is looks forward to the spin of Ashwin coming into play on a fifth-day wicket.Ashwin and Bumrah had both finished with three wickets each as Australia’s first innings ended early in the first session on the third day. They were ably supported by Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami with both picking two wickets each.Also Read | Virat Kohli was more determined after being booed in Adelaide Test: Ricky PontingAlso Read | Pujara, Kohli put India ahead in tense Adelaide Test vs AustraliaAlso Read | Virat Kohli faster than Don Bradman to 1000 Test runs in AustraliaAlso Read | India vs Australia: Virat Kohli booed by sections of Adelaide Oval crowdlast_img

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