That’s it from us here. Five good days of old fashioned Test cricket. Sets up the season finale perfectly – 1-1 – ahead of the Dharamsala Test, starting on March 25. Thanks for your company. Cheers!
Steve Smith: “The odds were against us. Handscomb and Marsh were fantastic. They didn’t look like getting out. It was a pretty nice wicket. 450 wasn’t enough to win this game. Maxwell was sensational. Cummins bowled beautifuly to be able to bounce players on this wicket.”
Kohli: “Losing the toss on a good wicket was never easy. KL and Vijay were outstanding. Saha and Pujara put one of the best stands I’ve seen. WE had a shot at winning the game. Guys want to push the barriers. Credit to Australia. Pujara plays one format and he is motivated to do well for the country. He doesn’t mind grafting. The ball was not hard enough today. As for Jadeja I have not seen anyone bowl so consistently on the same spot.”
Pujara is the Man of the Match: “We wanted a long partnership. I never thought I would face so many balls. I do get tempted to hit in the air but you have to look at the bigger picture. I had to hit the ball that was really loose. I don’t need any motivation when I play for the Indian team.”
100 overs – Australia 204/6 – they’ve agreed to call it off and the match is drawn
Good gesture by the Indians to step aside and let Handscomb lead the way out of the field. His team-mates line up to congratulate him on his effort to close out the draw. Shaun Marsh and Handscomb came together after Steve Smith departed before lunch and when they were seperated, Australia added 124 in 62 overs. An India win looked certain at one stage but they stuck it out admirably.
Only 181 runs were scored today, but it was clear from the begining that Australia were not playing for a win. It was all about survival. Ashwin was off colour so there was a lot of pressure on Jadeja. Australia were prepared to play “boring cricket” and that helped them save the Test.