Kohli rues soft ball, denies underbowling Ashwin


Win it, and it will be four Test series' won - against New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia - but lose it, and it will certainly add a bitter taste to what has, so far, been the sweetest of seasons.

"How many, how many?"

"All our bowlers bowled really well, but according to me it was Jadeja who was the standout performer", Kohli said. "In the second innings, they obviously batted well and earned the draw".

Australia skipper Steve Smith had made 178 not out in his side's first innings, but was one of the two wickets to fall in the first session of the final day.

For Australia, the biggest take away will be the partnership between Handscomb and Shaun Marsh on the final day of the match. The ball pitched on the rough and turned sharply to take the top of off stump. Even this morning, it was spinning well.

Senior cricket commentator Ayaz Menon commended the Aussies for managing a draw. Though Marsh eventually fell for 53, Handscomb remained unbeaten on 72 as Australia finished their fourth innings at 204/6 from 100 overs before Indian captain Virat Kohli agreed to call off the game. Marsh, who is in the finest phase of his career, batted for almost four hours in a performance up there with any of his Test centuries. Secondly, it wasn't an easy track and stroke-making was very hard because of the pitch's two-paced nature.

"Credit to Australia for playing out the draw, but we played ourselves into a position where we could win", he said.

The day belonged to Pujara (202) and Saha (117), who put on 199 for the seventh wicket to frustrate an Australian bowling attack that failed to take a wicket in the first two sessions.

"So it's a matter of individual perception". We didn't expect a 150 lead. In recent times, it's not the first occasion that a prominent Indian player has criticised the SG ball. They'd notice their positives.

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Australia and India shared the honours in the third Test, but both sides insisted they banked the moral victory ahead of the series decider in Dharamsala.

There is something about Ravindra Jadeja when he gets going with the bat in hand.

Ashwin seemed to have Marsh but an unmoved Ian Gould forced India to go for the review with the ball tracker showing that the delivery was likely to hit the leg stump. Here's why Kohli stuck to Jadeja! "Maxwell was sensational. That's the way we want him to play". The left-hander may not be the most consistent scorer down the order, but he surely has the capability to chip with the willow when the team needs the most.

The skipper said: "Jadeja is unbelievable". When I was batting, I thought we just wanted to get close to their total.

It was the ball, soft, not doing much.

"This is the best among the three (Test hundreds) I have", Saha told reporters. This bunch will talk of Steve Smith's ton; Ravindra Jadeja's nine-wicket haul in the game; drama surrounding Virat Kohli's shoulder injury; Cheteshwar Pujara's double ton; Wriddhiman Saha's ton and the resilience shown by the Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh in Australia's second dig.

"Saha's knock was brilliant for us".

"We badly needed a partnership".