Pujara-Saha stand puts India on top

Wriddhiman Saha said Cheteshwar Pujara looked like he would never be dismissesd in a record innings against Australia that put India in with a great chance of winning the third Test.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Saha said Pujara's marathon knock came as no surprise to him. "Puji just told me to build my innings slowly". I had the same approach here. "I think the game is evenly poised".

The Australian tried to play the ball with the pad but the ball after taking a turn from the rough, went on to disturb his off-stump. The intent from India in this innings was clear - occupy the crease for as long as possible, no matter how slow the run rate, and slowly sap the spirit of the Australians. While Ishant was walking back to his run-up he had a verbal exchange with Australian skipper Steven Smith too.

Glenn Maxwell was barely used, so in this beyond-the-spectrum situation Australia relied on their four main bowlers. His footwork against Lyon and Steve O'Keefe was exemplary. "I think it will be just similar sort of thing with Richie making sure that cricket is the victor this week", Smith said. "We did speak about it, chopping and changing a little bit". It paid dividends. There were eight overs left for the batsman to face at the end of a gruelling two days in the field.

He was given out LBW to a sharply turning Lyon delivery when on 157 but he managed to prolong Australia's misery by using review to get the decision overturned. It is the third highest seventh-wicket stand for any team against Australia. Night watchman Nathan Lyon who was send in next was cleaned by up Jadeja in the last over of the day for just 2 (7 balls).

Pakistan PM orders reopening of Afghanistan border
But Afghan ambassador to Pakistan, Omar Zakhilwal, argued that closing it served no goal "except to harm ordinary people and traders on both sides".

Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb thwarted India's hope of sealing an innings win in the third Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy as Australia were battling hard for a draw at the JSCA International Stadium on Monday.

Looks unlikely but someone did say that cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties.

Pujara was extremely patient throughout the session making the least perilous moves and shots but Vijay was starting to lose his patience.

"We've got to cope with it as best we can and come up with a plan, and we've done a lot of practice in those conditions so I'm really confident they can do the job and see how they go".

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