Four years ago, in the 2nd Test of the series in Hyderabad, C Pujara was part of a match winning stand against Australian team, a massive 370 runs partnership with M Vijay. It was so massive achievement that the partnership alone beats Australia, who failed to make 370 in both innings together. But the actions of Pune last week prove that things are unusual this year, but the time has again repeated where once again Australia has found Pujara a major obstacle in the 2nd Test of the series.
Beginning from their earlier score of 237 for 6 the visitors couldn’t grab the opportunity fully on 3rd day, as Indian left arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja created chaos on the field. His 6/63 totally shattered the dream of Australia to take huge lead. The entire team got bowled out for 276 just adding 39 runs in the scorecard today.
Apart from this, Renshaw (60), Shaun Marsh (66) and some flaming shots by Mathew Wade (40) most other batsmen thoroughly failed in front of Jadeja’s spectacular slow-left-arm bowling. In fact, Australia’s last three wickets gone within five overs adding just 7 runs to the board.
Ravindra Jadeja’s spinning deliveries not only took wickets at regular intervals, but also stopped runs from the Aussie’s batsmen. Ashwin also supported him well and created more pressure on Kangaroo. As a result all Australian team got all out.
It was Jadeja’s 2nd best bowling figure of 6/63 after the renowned 7/48 against England in Chennai. India came out with the burden of 87 runs lead, but once again L Rahul proved himself with the bat. Abhinav Mukund again lost the opportunity and lost his wicket on 16 by Hazelwood’s fantastic delivery.
Then the situation was very much handled by Pujara calmly. Pujara remained 79* off 173 balls with hitting 6 boundaries. Pujara with L. Rahul added 45 runs – partnership for the 2nd wicket. Later, once again it got opened as the Australia was quickly able to remove Kohli (15) and Ravindra Jadeja (2) soon.
The Aussie spinners, Lyon and O’Keefe bowled around 43 over of India’s 72 overs. No doubt, they were bowling incredibly well with their turns and twisting deliveries that moved away from the right handers.
The relax moment when Rahane’s super defensive technique came to India’s help. When Ajiyank Rahane came to bat, India already lost their top 4 wickets with just 120 runs on the scoreboard.
Indian was unquestionably looking for a great partnership and this dream come true with the two raising stars of Indian team. Falling of another wicket would be devastated to India completely, for that is what happened to Australia themselves on the 3rd day. They began playing with a lead of 48 and added only 39 for the loss of their last 4 wickets.
But duo right hander Rahane (40*) and Pujara (73*) added 93 runs partnership for the 5th wicket and saved the India’s day. They both might have played slower but that’s what kept India alive into the game.