With the kind of form Steven Smith has been in, nothing is impossible for the Australian zen. Marsh too, has shown he has got the arsenal to play in the challenging conditions in India. Yesterday itself, Pujara and Saha showed what can be done if you are willing to be patient. They batted for 317 minutes together is that a joke, imagine the battering their bodies and minds must have gone through. Surely it will not be easy considering it is a crumbling fifth day wicket. Pujara during his innings became the player to play the highest number of balls in a single innings by an Indian, what a feat!
The Indian pair saw the hosts power into a position of authority in the series. Smith, Marsh cannot do so much but they can remain floating in the series if they manage a draw. It will be a tall mountain to climb, no doubt!
India need eight balls to wrap it up whereas Australia need to first wipe off the deficit before they can look to set anything. Two wickets by Ravindra Jadeja at the stroke of the day’s play really set the visitors back and now it will be on the able shoulders of the number one batsman in the world to dig deep and bail Australia out of trouble.