What a brilliant day of Test cricket it was, 240 runs were scored and five wickets fell on day three of the third Test between India and Australia at Ranchi on Saturday.
Both the sides kept coming at each other, kept staring at each other, waiting for the other to make a mistake.
For Australia, it was fast bowler Pat Cummins, who made a sensational comeback in Test cricket. The way he bowled on a relatively flat wicket, which is not conducive to fast bowling, he kept asking some tough questions throughout the day.
He was very effective with the second new ball, when he got Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane out in quick succession.
On the other hand, Cheteshwar Pujara is still scoring runs, when it matters the most. In Bengaluru, he notched a match-winning 92, he was unlucky to not get a hundred there.
Pujara was a symbol of skill and application on day three, he applied himself and ensured that Australia didn’t get his wicket and the entire Indian innings has rallied around him.
Going into the fourth day, hopefully, it will be a very fascinating day of Test cricket. India would like to get closer to Australia’s first innings total and if possible gain some lead.
A lot will depend on the partnership between Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha. On the other hand, Australia will like to break this partnership and wrap up the Indian tail quickly and comeback in the game. If they gain a lead of 50-60 runs, they can set a target of 250 runs and put India under pressure on the final day of the match.