Pujara's unbeaten century takes India close to Australia

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Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha's marathon effort had given India a 152-run lead on Sunday evening and Jadeja's twin strikes meant Australia went into stumps at 23/2.

Applauding his players' desire to stand up and be counted, Kohli said: "Guys want to push the barrier, their physical limits, their mental toughness".

Australia will have plenty of exhausted legs in the pavilion, with Steve O'Keefe having sent down a mammoth 77 overs, returning a manful three for 199, while seamers Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins bowled 44 and 39 respectively.

India captain Virat Kohli said his spinners could have been more effective in the drawn third test against Australia but for the softness of the ball used in the contest. In the second over of the day, Murali Vijay (82) stepped up against Steve O'Keefe (1-117) to score the first six of the innings.

Coming together after Renshaw and Smith were dismissed in successive overs in the morning session of Day 5, the two defied the Indian attack for almost two sessions with solid defense and ability to leave the ball, before Marsh (53) departed to Ravindra Jadeja.

Ravindra Jadeja claimed four wickets to return overall match figures of 9-178 at India's newest Test venue.

With the series level at 1-1, the Dharamsala Test becomes a virtual final.

Yet to get into his rhythm, Kohli went for an expansive drive outside the off-stump as the ball flew to second slip where Steve Smith held on to the catch at shoulder height and the Australian camp jumped in joy. The boys really dug deep.

Smith said his team was looking forward to Dharamsala. "I am really proud", he said.

Man of the match Pujara said he never thought that he would play out as many as 525 deliveries, which he faced during his double-century knock.

Pujara was the beneficiary of a marginal lbw call, prompting Australia to review unsuccessfully as Steven O'Keefe looked to have beaten the inside edge of the bat, only for replays to prove inconclusive before the original decision was upheld.

"We probably should have got ourselves 550 and been able to get in front of the game from there". "Whenever Jadeja came to bowl, he picked up a wicket or two every three-four overs".

Defining innings: Handscomb still played his shots despite the tightness of the final day. "That's how I would explain it, no issue with that".

They slumped to 63-4 before Peter Handscomb (72 not out) and Shaun Marsh (53) added 124 for the fifth wicket.

"KL and M Vijay, but the partnership between Saha and Pujara is the best I have seen". "Whatever they are doing, we take it as sportingly". I do get exhausted but I have been working hard on my fitness, I focus on my diet.

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