Australian skipper Steve Smith said on Tuesday India’s incapacity to bowl Aussie in the last match of the third Test might be hurting the hosts. The energy will be with the visitors going into the series-deciding final third Test in Dharamsala.
The 27-year-old Australian captain Smith said at the post-match press conference that “If there’s anything called momentum in cricket it’s probably with us at the moment. India coming today would have expected to bowl us out. I’m sure they’re hurting a little bit.”
Australian batsman Peter Handscomb has scored a gritty unbeaten 72, and Shaun Marsh scored 53 as the middle-order pair place on a match-saving fifth wicket partnership of 124 runs to release Australia out under the testing form in little less than four hours to force a draw.
Skipper Smith said “I’m very proud. They had magnificent plans. They backed their defence for a long period of time and to see the game out for as long as they did, it was an outstanding performance.”
“I’m really proud of the way they did that. That’s one of the things we’ve been talking about – being resilient and sticking out the touch times. The way Petey (Handscomb) and Shaun 9Marsh) did that was absolutely magnificent.”
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“It’s probably on our side at the moment, but having said that it’s one-all and we’re playing a decider in Dharamsala. The group’s looking forward to it.”
Smith said that with all their beats except for David Warner “It’s great signs for us that everyone is contributing.”
However, he feels that they were shorts of 100 runs in the first innings, with India’s left-arm spinner Jadeja making a difference of his five for 124 runs spell.
Smith said, “Everyone is in good form, we’ve have a good three Test matches but to be honest we probably left ourselves 100 runs short in the first innings.”
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“We probably should have got ourselves 550 and been able to get in front of the game from there. Thing could have ended a bit differently. But that’s the game of cricket. It’s great to see all the batters working very hard on their plans and are contributing and scoring runs.”