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Cheteshwar Pujara said the first day’s turning point, said – Australia benefit from the wickets of Kohli, Rahane

India’s top-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara on Thursday conceded that Australia benefitted as the first day of the day-night Test ended before falling to three wickets in a very short interval. Pujara, however, 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 able to give the team a score of up to 275-350 as it would be good to put Australia under pressure on this wicket.

India were at 188 for three at the time, batting first after winning the toss but as the wickets fell at frequent intervals, they ended the day at 233 for 6 wickets.

Pujara, who shared a crucial 68-run partnership for the second wicket with Kohli (74), said, “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.

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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 our position in the match is good.

Pujara faced 160 balls for an innings of 43 runs. When asked about his slow batting, Pujara said, “We wanted to save wickets.” India batted very slowly in the first two seasons. India had scored 107 runs for three wickets in 55 overs. The third season, however, saw rapid runs.

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