‘Pujara is priceless for the team’ – Kohli

'Pujara is priceless for the team' - Kohli

India v Australia, 3rd Test, Ranch, 5th day : Drawn Test in Ranchi, Virat Kohli has hailed Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha for overcoming a difficult situation and taking India to a position from where they could have won the match. When Saha joined Pujara in the post-tea session on day three, India were 328 for 6 in reply to Australia’s 451. They went on to add 199, and India eventually declared with a 152-run first-innings lead.

“Everyone has to take responsibility equally on the field and our players want to do that,” Kohli said in his post-match press conference. “Conditions were such in the first innings that it wasn’t easy for the bowlers, the pitch was very good. It played very well in the first two innings. In the second innings, [Australia] batted well so it ended in a draw.

“But where we were in the first innings, 450 [451] was the [Australian] score and we were 320-odd for 6. From there to make 600 was a very difficult task. We put ourselves in a position to win, so we feel it was a very good effort from us to get into a winning situation.

“But then again, if you are playing against the No. 2 side, you will expect that they will come out and fight, not just roll over. Everyone has his point of view. We will look at our positives and we are happy with where we brought the game to after just one innings. We didn’t need to bat in the second innings. But they had to play for a draw. Like I said, they will look at their positives, we will look at our positives and move forward. There is still one match to go, both [teams] will give it their best.”

Kohli said the bowlers had struggled to extract help from the pitch when the ball grew older and softer, but did not want to stress the point and take credit away from Handscomb and Marsh.

Toss: Australia, who chose to Bat
Venue: JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi
Umpires: Christopher Gaffaney, Ian Gould, Nigel Llong, C Nandan
Match Referee: Richard Richardson

India 1st Innings

Tea: India – 20/0 in 8 overs (Lokesh Rahul 18, Murali Vijay 2)
India: 50 runs in 17.3 overs
1st Wicket: 50 runs in 105 balls (Lokesh Rahul 41, Murali Vijay 9)
Lokesh Rahul: 50 off 69 balls (8 x fours)
India: 100 runs in 32.3 overs
End Of Day: India – 120/1 in 40 overs (Murali Vijay 42, Cheteshwar Pujara 10)
Murali Vijay: 50 off 129 balls (6 x fours, 1 x six)
2nd Wicket: 50 runs in 132 balls (Murali Vijay 30, Cheteshwar Pujara 19)
India: 150 runs in 59.4 overs
2nd Wicket: 100 runs in 232 balls (Murali Vijay 59, Cheteshwar Pujara 39)
India: 200 runs in 74.3 overs
Cheteshwar Pujara: 50 off 155 balls (7 x fours)
India: 250 runs in 85.4 overs
4th Wicket: 50 runs in 61 balls (Cheteshwar Pujara 29, Ajinkya Rahane 14)
Cheteshwar Pujara: 100 off 214 balls (14 x fours)
India: 300 runs in 98.2 overs
Tea: India – 303/4 in 99 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 109, Karun Nair 13)
India: 350 runs in 125.4 overs
End Of Day: India – 360/6 in 130.0 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 130, Wriddhiman Saha 18)
7th Wicket: 50 runs in 124 balls (Cheteshwar Pujara 21, Wriddhiman Saha 28)
India: 400 runs in 147.4 overs
Cheteshwar Pujara: 150 off 391 balls (18 x fours)
Wriddhiman Saha: 50 off 100 balls (4 x fours, 1 x six)
7th Wicket: 100 runs in 257 balls (Cheteshwar Pujara 45, Wriddhiman Saha 54)
India: 600 runs in 209.6 overs
Innings Break: India – 603/9 in 210 overs (Ravindra Jadeja 54, Ishant Sharma 0)
7th Wicket: 150 runs in 373 balls (Cheteshwar Pujara 66, Wriddhiman Saha 81)
India: 500 runs in 186.1 overs
Tea: India – 503/6 in 188.0 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 190, Wriddhiman Saha 99)
Wriddhiman Saha: 100 off 214 balls (7 x fours, 1 x six)
Cheteshwar Pujara: 200 off 521 balls (21 x fours)
India: 550 runs in 197.6 overs
9th Wicket: 50 runs in 69 balls (Ravindra Jadeja 38, Umesh Yadav 15)
Ravindra Jadeja: 50 off 51 balls (4 x fours, 2 x sixes)
Australia 2nd Innings

End Of Day: Australia – 23/2 in 7.2 overs (Matt Renshaw 7)

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