India’s top-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara on Thursday conceded that Australia got the advantage with the first day of the day-night Test ending before falling three wickets in a very short interval. However, Pujara said that India is still in a good position in the match. Pujara hoped that the tail batsmen would do well on the second day and would be successful in giving the team a score of up to 275-350 as it would be a good total to bring Australia under pressure on this wicket.
India was 188 for three at the time, batting first after winning the toss. But due to wickets falling at frequent intervals, he ended the day on 233 runs for 6 wickets. Pujara, who shared a crucial 68-run partnership for the second wicket with Kohli (74), said at the press conference after the match, “We were in a good position despite losing a few wickets in the beginning. Kohli and Rahane were playing brilliantly. I Still believe that Ashwin and Saha can give a good score to the team and if we will be able to score up to 275-350 runs on this wicket then there will be good totals to bring Australia under pressure. ”
Pujara, who scored 43 runs in the first innings for India, said, “At one time we were at the Dominated position but after losing the wickets of Rahane and Kohli we gave Australia a kind of advantage. I still believe that the match We have a good situation. ” Pujara faced 160 balls for an innings of 43 runs. When asked about his slow batting, Pujara said, “We wanted to save wickets.”
Pujara said, “It is very difficult to say but this match will help the fast bowlers. I remember when we played the day-night test for the first time in 2019, there was a lot of help for the bowlers for three-four days on the wicket. I think it is the same here. But it is difficult to say anything at this stage with the pink ball. Once we get down on the second day, we will get an idea of how the pitch is behaving. If there is a change tomorrow We’ll find out. ”
Pujara said, “If the wicket is good and there is nothing for the bowlers in the wicket. You can play with aggression. But when there is a wicket like this where the bowlers get help, you need patience. Can’t play too many shots. The team needs a good start. For bowlers, the chances of wrong are very high, they have the flexibility to experiment. ”
India batted very slowly in the first two seasons. India had scored 107 runs for three wickets in 55 overs. In the third season, however, fast runs were scored.