Talking Point: India's romance with DRS irks Aussies

Last Updated: Sun, Mar 19, 2017 18:20 hrs
Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha punctured the Australian attack with a record 199-run stand.

Meditating with the bat, concentration and patience has been a strength of Pujara. And by surpassing legendary Rahul Dravid as the Indian batsman to occupy the crease for the longest time batting in a Test match, Pujara's class act was a treat to watch.

Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha forged a record 199-run stand for the seventh wicket before Ravindra Jadeja sparked his sword-dance celebrations as India declared at 603/9 with a lead of 152.

To make matters worse for Australia, Jadeja knocked out David Warner and Nathan Lyon to put India in a formidable position at the end of Day four at Ranchi.

Before Sunday, India have had a shocker with the reviews. However, Pujara and Saha were spot on in asking for reviews as the Australian bowlers were grounded into the Ranchi dust.

At the start of Day four, Pat Cummins gunning for his fifth wicket struck early in his morning spell when India resumed their innings at 360 for the loss of six wickets.

Cummins caught Saha on the crease and the umpire was quick to raise his finger.

However, Saha opted to review the decision and the ball-tracking technology showed that the ball was missing leg-stump. Cummins had to wait for his fifth wicket as Saha continued his sublime partnership with Pujara.

Pujara further rubbed salt into Australia's wounds after he opted a review that went in favour of India.

Nathan Lyon trapped Pujara and the umpire gave the batsman out much to the delight of the Australians. However, the ball tracking once again showed the ball was going down the leg side.

With Pujara resuming his batting, a frustrated Steve Smith could just offer a chuckle and walked back to his position.

Frustration further crept into the Australians in the final over before lunch.

A confident Matthew Wade appealed strongly for a caught behind off Lyon and Saha after discussing with Pujara went for the review.

As moments went by, replays showed that the ball was clearly missing Saha's bat as the batsman went for a sweep.

Normally an umpire's call is very rarely reversed in case of leg before referrals. But Pujara and Saha took bold calls and the on-field umpires had to reverse their decision on all the three occasions.

The wheels clearly came off when Smith in a desperate move took a review when a Hazlewood delivery hit Saha on the chest.

Saha moved outside the line of the delivery and dropped his wrists at the right time and the ball after hitting Saha on his chest lobbed to Smith.

Replays showed there was no bat or glove involved as Smith and his company dropped their shoulders in despair.

"We’ve got to take a little more time. We’ve got to use those 15 seconds much better. We’ve spoken about it," India batsman Murali Vijay had said earlier.

Before this Test, India have got only 17 correct decisions out of the 55 referrals.

However, in the Ranchi Test, India have benefitted from the DRS and seems to have learnt the ropes of it.

The DRS didn't go Australia's way and neither the increasingly bad light acted in the Smith's favour.

Post Lunch, there was no change in script and even the bad light couldn't give Australia a breather as the duo smashed sublime tons to flatten Australia.

Smith was also guilty of not shuffling his bowlers. Steve O'Keefe had bowled a staggering 77 overs and comeback man Cummings bowled 39 overs as the Australian skipper was reluctant to give his part-timers a go.

For the first time in 20 years, Australia were forced to bowl more than 200 overs in an innings as the duo of Pujara and Saha milked the bowling attack. Although the duo fell in pursuit of quick runs, Jadeja wielded his sword to give India a golden 152-run lead.

When the Test match began last Thursday, Australia dictated terms but come Monday, a couple of Australians have to don the Pujara Avatar.

Else, India will scythe through the Australians giving Ranchi a debut to cherish.

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