India vs Australia: Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane Give Hosts Hope

The hosts lost two wickets in erasing their 87-run deficit and were 120-4 before Pujara and Rahane put on an unbroken 93 on day three in Bangalore.

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So, it's important for the batsmen to keep themselves busy, to keep taking those singles and not miss a loose ball and that's what Rahane and Pujara did.

The Marsh brothers batted together for three overs before paceman Sharma got his first wicket of the match with a ball that kept low and hit Mitch Marsh (0) just in front of leg stump.

On-field sledging was a raging topic before the four-test series between the world's top two test sides with both India and Australia led by demonstrative captains in Kohli and Steve Smith. He combined with Pujara for a 45-run stand for the second wicket to steady India. He was solid throughout the day and proved why he is ranked so high in Australia's cricketing circuit despite being only 20-year-old.

India put in by far their best performance since the first day in Pune, but it still wasn't enough to get them completely out of the woods.

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Matthew Wade and Mitchell Starc, the overnight Australian batsmen, started off on a cautious note although they were expected to guide the visitors past a lead of 100 runs and even target a total in the range of 320. I think there is nothing wrong with the Indian batting line-up and we are known to play spinners well. But it was against the run of play that O'Keefe dismissed Rahul (51) as Smith picked a blinder at first slip.

On Sunday, they let off Shaun Marsh on 14 by not reviewing the umpire's not-out verdict for a caught behind with replays showing the batsman had got a thin edge.

Another frustration for India was their continued trouble with the Decision Review System. Crucially, Australia will have to bat fourth in this match.

Hazlewood struck in the first over after lunch after he clean bowled Abhinav Mukund. One such ball early in the day was bowled by R. Ashwin, who spun it sharply from the bowlers' rough area to dismiss left-handed David Warner - the eighth time the Aussie had become the victim of the off-spinner.

Cheteshwar Pujara, though, suggested Virat Kohli's sparing use of Jadeja was down to the conditions at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. But Pujara looked set and India could have very well build on it but Josh Hazlewood had other plans in mind.

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