Ahead of the Test series decider, it seems Australia would hand back the trophy to the Indians.
India, the top-ranked Test team, are likely to push for a 2-1 victory after several weeks of back-and-forth, amidst controversies.
Australia captain Steve Smith reacted to the decision of the third umpire to rule ‘not out’ a grounded catch by Murali Vijay. And it seems it would just another source of bad blood between the sides. They failed to get a run after the 137-9 incident. Australia havebeen resilient as they push for a second Test series victory in India since 1969.
When the game started RavindraJadeja ensured India remained strong, helping them after play resumed at 248-6. His six boundaries and 63 helped India to 332. Australia in response hit 137 but collapses of 3-21, 2-5 and 3-1 weakened their hopes.
Smith is set to end the series as the lead run scorer of 499 runs. He did a record three centuries in the series but on Monday, he raced 17 in 14 balls but poor deliveries he later made floated up outside the stump.
UmeshYadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar inspired the Indian team, forcing off Smith, David Warner and Matt Renshaw. In the penultimate over, Shaun Marsh batted when Peter Handscombfell on 18. Marsh short legged off Jadeja’s bowling so tea was called. The Aussies just went on a downward momentum from then onwards.
India’s 19-0 at stumps after day three might be enough to sink the visitors but the series decider is open to surprises.