India vs Australia 2017: We Bowled Really Well, Will Try To Keep Lead As Low As Possible, Says Cheteshwar Pujara
It was demanding day for Indian bowlers at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore where they had to earn every wicket. Though chances came but Australian batsmen were able to keep themselves safe on most occasions. Indian bowlers were finding it hard to get wickets so were the Aussie batsmen to score runs, who just scored 197 runs in the 540 Deliveries bowled on day two. This is enough to know the hardship faced by players of both the teams but Australian team still has an upper hand in the game as they possess a lead.
A lead of 48 runs in the hand and if this goes past 100, then it will be much difficult for the Indian team to make a comeback in the game. Day three will be a crucial day for both the teams as the home team would be looking to dismiss Australian tail in the first hour of the day whereas Kangaroos will look to stretch the lead to the maximum they can.
Meanwhile, Indian batsmen, Cheteshwar Pujara feels that India team is very much in the game and showed utmost confidence in Indian bowlers as he said that the bowlers will do the job tomorrow morning as he said,
“We are very much in the game and they also have to bat fourth. We have already seen the ball is keeping low, and if we put up a good total… As far as our batting is concerned, the bigger the total the more pressure the Australians will feel. We have spoken about how to go about our batting in the second innings and I don’t want to reveal it here. But it is important that we put up a big total on the board.”
“If we can get them out for another 25, 30 or 40 runs, it will be great. We will focus on bowling right line and length and wickets will come. I think there is enough help from the pitch for the spinners and fast bowlers. So if we continue to bowl the way we have bowled and the bowlers will have some plans tomorrow for Star and the other batsman. We will think of what we could have done better but overall I feel we have bowled well,” Pujara added
Indian team has performed quite well in this long home season which still has two Test matches left after this one but the form of Indian team seems to be rusted in this series. Asked on whether too much cricket is the reason for such form of the team, Pujara defended the scheduling of the games as he said that they had enough break during the season,
“We have got enough breaks in between. I don’t think it was a long season. We enjoyed this season because we won a lot, apart from the last Test. But this team is strong and I feel that we will come back strong in this match and the series. We are still together and enjoying it. The kind of success we had last year and earlier this year, we have played really good cricket and we just have to produce that again. We want to forget the last Test and we are confident that we can comeback,” he said.
Both the teams will step on the field tomorrow with a mindset of dominating their opposition and the team which will win the first session of the day might have the last laugh.
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