Inability to bowl us out will be hurting India, says Smith

Posted March 21, 2017

Whoever plays in Ranchi, tries to replicate MS Dhoni.

India still trail Australia by 148 runs with six first innings wickets in hand.

The fourth and final Test will now take place at Dharamsala from March 25-29 with the series locked at 1-1.

30th to 92nd over: India were probably dreaming of winning the Ranchi Test after Smith's dismissal but Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb had other ideas.

After surrendering meekly during the past three series' in Asia, a rejuvenated Australian side displayed admirable courage and gumption against a dominant Indian side who were unbeaten at home for four years. While Marsh has some credentials of playing in the sub-continent, Handscomb is a novice in these conditions - turn and low bounce.

Veteran cricket commentator feels the upcoming fourth Test will be a cracker of a contest. He has registered a fifty each against South Africa, Pakistan and India.

Kohli said after the draw was sealed: "We got ourselves into a very good position".

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"They [Handscomb and Marsh] backed their defence for long periods of time and to see the game out for as long as they did was an outstanding performance". I'm really proud of the way they did that.

"We've been talking about being resilient and sticking out the tough times".

Australian captain Steve Smith said if there's momentum in cricket, it's on their side.

"Yeah, Shami also we sent him to play [the Vijay Hazare Trophy] because we saw him bowling 10-12 overs in a go, and we wanted to give him some match practice". Handscomb did however hit the headlines in Bangalore after telling Steve Smith to look to the stands for illegal advice regarding a review.

Handscomb's best previous score in the series had been 24 but he was completely composed as he raised his third test half century. "Today the way he did that, his innings is worth 140 in my eyes". I thought he played beautifully and Shaun as well, they stuck to their plans throughout and never shied away from it. In the Ranchi Test, 191 runs were added by Smith and Maxwell in the first innings followed by 124 by Marsh and Handscomb. So from there to make 600 was a very hard task. Everyone is in good form we have had a good three Test matches, we've played some very good cricket. "Really exciting. Group's looking forward to it".

"He's not being spoken about or being in the focus too much but I think he deserves much more than that". I don't know the number of runs he has scored but he has contributed throughout. Even this morning, it was spinning well. "Whenever we needed him, he has been there and his urge of getting runs has always helped us to withstand vast pressure".

Jadeja, in fact, bowled 18 overs at a stretch from the Southern End in the day's first session, asking plenty of questions.