Momentum probably with us at the moment, says Steve Smith

INDvAUS DRS drama continues in Ranchi on Day 3 and Indian batsmen get MASSIVE benefit out of

Resuming on the fifth and final day at the precarious position of 23/2, Matt Renshaw and Australian captain Steven Smith batted steadily in an effort to carry the visitors to safety.

Kohli said Jadeja's second innings figures of 44-18-54-4 was the most economical he had seen and the left-arm spinner outperformed everyone on a pitch which did not offer much assistance to them.

Kohli said after the draw was sealed: "We got ourselves into a very good position". "His economy if you consider the wicket, was quite incredible". The composure was in line with how he spoke pre-series about the prospect of facing the two best spinners in the world, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. He was hitting the roughs consistently.

Cheteshwar Pujara, who smashed 202 runs off 525 balls playing the record-longest Test innings, was bestowed with the Man Of The Match award. Pujara and Saha batted exceptionally well. He always stood up for us whenever the team needed him.

"Losing the toss here was never easy. If we can get closer to the target and possibly extend the lead from there, I think it's going to be a good game on hand", Vijay told reporters.

Australian Batsmen Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell powered their country to a huge total, batting first, Indian openers KL Rahul and Murali Vijay made sure India have a solid start. Not being able to take the field [due to injury] was never easy for me and then watching the opposition get big runs was hard.

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The thing that worked against England was that, even when they batted big, India batted bigger and broke their spirits, with a collapse eventually coming in the second innings.

Applauding his players' desire to stand up and be counted, Kohli said, "Guys want to push the barrier, their physical limits, their mental toughness".

Pujara was batting on 190, having played the longest innings by an Indian in terms of balls faced after almost 11 hours in the middle. The intent from India in this innings was clear - occupy the crease for as long as possible, no matter how slow the run rate, and slowly sap the spirit of the Australians.

As a outcome, Kohli was not prepared to cede any such advantage to his opponents as the teams begin the trek to the Himalayan home of the Tibetan government in exile and the nation's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. "He is someone who is priceless to have in the team".

"This season he has been incredible for us".

"I don't know about the lot of balls". The India medical staff will do everything in their powers to get the captain fit and ready for the final Test match, and India desperately need their skipper to be in the right frame of mind, in all facets, in Dharamsala.

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