Steven Smith says it was a nervous final day and feels it was a brilliant Test match. Adds that it’s all about showing resilience and stand up in tough situations. He praises Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb for digging in deep and earning a draw. Also adds that they batted beautifully and it was very crucial for the team. On his knock, Smith replies that it was a nice wicket and first innings runs were vital. Quickly adds that 450 was not enough to win this game and credits India for batting beautifully. He also has a word of praise for Maxwell and says that he was sensational and that’s the way they want him to bat. Also praises Pat Cummins for his effort on this pitch. He is really proud of the way his boys played and is looking forward to Dharmasala.
In the last day when all predictions were about India, as to how fast they could wrap up this game, the visitors stepped up their game. Marsh and Handscomb showed grit and determination to do what they did. Ravichandran Ashwin only took two wickets and was far from his best. But either teams would be content with the result as both of them were behind at some point of the time. Now the attention shifts to the fourth Test. But before that, lets see what the captains and the Man of the Match say at the presentation!
It was a tricky phase for India in the last session of day 3 as they lost Karun Nair and Ravichandran Ashwin quickly. But then came the knock of the series! Time and again, Cheteshwar Pujara has stepped up in this home season. But this from the hosts No 3 has put him on a different pedestal. He batted for almost 78 overs with Wriddhiman Saha, who also scored a century and gave India a lead of 152 runs. Hadn’t it been for Pat Cummins’ outstanding bowling, the home side could’ve scored a lot more. But he was absolutely fantastic and scalped 4 wickets.
An outstanding Test match really. It all started with a well deserved century from Steven Smith who remained unbeaten on 178. It was an innings which he will remember for a very long time. Some innings raise the bar of the batsman and this from Smith was one of them. Glenn Maxwell, too, was fantastic in his comeback as he registered his maiden ton. Ravindra Jadeja was the pick of the bowlers for India as he sent five Australian batsmen back to the hut.
The improbable has happened. Australia have managed to bat out the whole day and no it wasn’t Steven Smith who led from the front. But Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb who stitched together a 124-run stand and played almost 62 overs. Kohli and Rahane acknowledges Handscomb’s knock and convey the same to him with a handshake and some words. The series is still alive and the decider will be played at Dharamsala!