Smith: 'If there's anything called momentum, it's with us'

Virat Kohli skips batting at nets Shreyas Iyer called as cover

On the third day of the third cricket Test against Australia, Centurion Cheteshwar Pujara managed to hit India's first century in the current India vs Australia series that helped India whittle down the lead to 91 runs as the hosts reached 360/6 at stumps.

Australia came back from the dead to pull off a magnificent draw in the third Test in Ranchi against India.

Smith said his team had the momentum going into the decider at Dharamsala.

India skipper Virat Kohli, who spent much of Australia's first innings on the sidelines after injuring his shoulder when he dived to save a boundary, said the Indian team got itself into position to win but couldn't quite finish the job. India coming today would have expected to bowl us out.

"We got ourselves into a very good position", said Kohli, who saw Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha (117) form a 199-run partnership.

Marsh also revealed the technique while playing the spinners on the fifth day of the match.

On a wearing fifth-day wicket, it's pretty justified to expect a team's leading bowler to have better figures than 30-10-71-1.

Marsh (53) and Handscomb (72 not out) saw out the remaining overs in the first session by the end of which Australia were placed at 83 for four.

Responding to Kohli's freaky claim, Australia skipper Smith said: 'I haven't really thought about that. "The shot was on - mid-off and mid-on were inside and so I thought it was my shot".

"You know, sometimes I really feel bad for him", Kohli said, when asked about Pujara's contributions through the season.

Australia were comprehensively outplayed in the second half of the match but displayed a level of resilience seldom seen by the men in baggy green in this part of the world.

"It's never easy batting in the fourth [third] innings of a game in India and trying to save the game, and I was exceptionally proud of the way they all went about their business". Not being able to take the field and watching the opposition get big runs was hard. But we batted beautifully. We took the new ball and got a couple of wickets. "As I said, I'm really happy he performed in a big pressure match, in a hard situation and put us in a position to have a shot at winning the game".

"We thought we could put pressure on Australia but credit to those two guys [Handscomb and Marsh]". "Whenever we needed him, he has been there and his urge of getting runs has always helped us to withstand enormous pressure".

"KL and M Vijay, but the partnership between Saha and Pujara is the best I have seen". When you play only one format, you are always extra determined to make it count.

"Pujara is very motivated and he is really good at Test batting", added Kohli.

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