Pujara was unbeaten on 79 runs when the umpires called stumps, Rahane on 40.
Jadeja then took wickets of Nathan Lyon (duck) and Josh Hazlewood (one) in quick successions to eventually bowl out the visitors under 300 runs.
Interestingly, it took Kohli till the ninth over of the morning session to finally introduce his most successful bowler on display in terms of wickets picked. India lost 5 wickets in 20 runs, off 3 overs. He then was given a respite by the ball-tracking system. Saha hit a six down the ground off Starc.
The pair rotated the strike easily and their 50-partnership came up off 110 balls. It was India’s third 50-plus stand in the series.
“Hopefully Rahane and Pujara can continue and get us a 100 more runs, that’ll be gold”, he concluded.
10 Kohli’s average after four innings in this series, presently his worst series average. Saha and ishant have taken India to a lead of 187. “When I was batting yesterday Rahul told me that it was getting easier to bat on so I think that’s what we are expecting in the second innings”. Mukund and Rahul got India of to a secured start going into tea, without losing a wicket.
India’s Cheteshwar Pujara reacts as he leaves the field after being dismissed during the fourth day of their second test cricket match against Australia in Bangalore, India, Tuesday, March 7, 2017.
Unlike his first innings, Mukund showed glimpses of confidence, even as he smashed a boundary and a six off Mitchell Starc.
In the second Test in 2001 in Mumbai, Australia held a 274-run lead after batting first and making 445. Coming back from the second session we didn’t lose any wickets and consolidated the third session. Jadeja could not justify the promotion as he managed to score just two runs before he was dismissed by Hazlewood.
Skipper Kohli started off from where Rahul had left and he looked to keep the pressure on the bowlers. The Mumbai batsman fell to an astute call by Australian skipper Steven Smith who chose to call for the review after the umpire had given a not out decision to a loud lbw appeal from Starc. However, till now, Shaun Marsh is the highest scorer for Australia who scored 66 runs in 197 balls.
Batting collapse yet again returns to haunt India with the hosts giving away ground to Australia from being in a commanding position.