Australia have posted 451 runs (on day two of the third Test against India at Ranchi on Friday) and so far the Indian batsmen have responded very well to that challenge. With India ending day two at 120/1, this Test match is evenly poised.
Full marks to Ravindra Jadeja for taking five wickets on a wicket which is not favouring the spinners. Yes, there is some help for the spinners, but it is not as favourable as the wickets in Pune or Bangalore, where the ball was turning sharply.
Full marks to his persistence, to his ability to bowl in the right areas, especially in the conditions where bowlers didn’t receive a lot of assistance.
On the other hand, the Indians are still finding ways to get Steve Smith out, another brilliant performance by the Australian captain, he is leading from the front.
And what a come back by Glenn Maxwell, he knows the Indian conditions very well, we all know what he can do with the bat and today he justified his potential.
From the Indian camp, KL Rahul, the man in form, has shown his class in this series. He would be a little disappointed, because on a wicket like the one in Ranchi, any batsman, who gets a 60-plus score, would want to go on to get a big hundred.
But he was a victim of a very good spell of fast bowling by Pat Cummins, so he should not regret his dismissal, because nothing much can be done against a good ball.
So, India would like to consolidate from here. On day three, they would like to get some more runs and get as close as possible to the Australian total.
India have to be weary about the fact that the wicket will deteriorate and they have to remember that they are the ones who will be batting last on the wicket in Ranchi.
India’s plan will be to get close to Australia’s total and minimise the first innings lead.