On a day that was marked by some resilient Indian batting, mainly from Cheteshwar Pujara, it was Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood who returned with impressive figures. Despite allowing the Indians to set a solid base thanks to a gritty stand between Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, pacer Josh Hazlewood bowled a brilliant spell late into the afternoon session.
The lanky New South Wales pacer was the pick of the Australian bowlers as he returned with three crucial scalps. He castled the two southpaws in Abhinav Mukund and Ravindra Jadeja, but he got the big fish in between them. Hazlewood bowled a ripper to trap Indian captain Virat Kohli plumb in front to dismiss him cheaply.
Post Kohli’s dismissal, things got heated up as the Indian captain wasn’t too pleased with the DRS decision and openly expressed his resentment. That was countered by a few words from the Australian camp. Hazlewood, post the day’s play admitted that the temperatures got a bit heated up during the third day’s play.
“Initially I just heard a bit of wood so I pulled out of the appeal but the guys behind the wicket and square of the wicket were pretty confident and obviously it got given out,” said Hazlewood. “After looking at the reviews you could see it just touching that pad before the bat so you had to stick with the on-field call.”
“Kohli was obviously pretty confident he got some bat on it reviewing it straight away. “As we saw, it was pretty tight. “I think his temperature rose a little bit but you had to stick with the on-field call,” Hazlewood further added.
“Temperatures are rising a little bit,” Hazlewood said. “Obviously yesterday and I think today as well. “It is obviously pretty intense out there but we try and stick to playing on skill and being quite calm out there and I think that’s when we play our best cricket.”