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Will India be able to win against Australia in Indore Test? Umesh Yadav has a direct answer




Australia need just 76 runs to complete a memorable Test win in India but the poor nature of the pitch has left home team pacer Umesh Yadav with hope going into the third day. 14 wickets fell on the first day while 16 batsmen were dismissed on Thursday. The pitch is giving a lot of turn and the uneven bounce has also made the batsmen’s job tough. Nathan Lyon tore through the Indian batting on the second day with eight wickets to bring his team closer to a rare win in India. Umesh admitted that his team didn’t have enough runs on the board but still has an outside chance.

“Anything can happen in cricket. We will try our best and bowl tight. It is not an easy wicket, be it our batsmen or theirs. It is not easy to get out and hit.”

“The ball is staying low too, so you can’t be sure of getting out.

“Runs are short but we will stick to a tight line and go as far as we can,” said Umesh, who took three wickets with the ball on Thursday morning.

The 35-year-old, who doesn’t get a chance to play regularly at home with India going with only two pacers, opened his heart out in the first session to help the hosts restrict Australia to 197 in their second innings . 156 runs for four wickets.

Umesh bowled fast and straight and let the surface do the rest. He trapped Cameron Green in front of a sundrift who held his line after landing on the middle stump. Mitchell Starc and Todd Murphy also could not do much against the spirited Umesh and their stumps were uprooted.

“On this surface my plan was to bowl straight and go for a wicket or two. As a fast bowler, I have to hit the deck hard and bowl in the right areas. I played most of my cricket in India Well, my mindset is always to take wickets.” On the scramble seam, he said, “There was seam movement so I tried the scramble seam. If it wasn’t swinging, it was seam. Every length I bowled, it was seam movement and skidding after pitching. ” With the bat, Umesh could not add significant runs for the team as both he and Mohammed Siraj got out while going for big hits.

The fast bowler said that on such wickets, it is more important for the tailender to attack than defend.

“When I went out to bat, we didn’t get any message (to attack). My job was to score runs on this tough wicket. It’s difficult to score runs here. I think, instead of defending and getting out at the end, It’s better to hit shots on such wickets. Even I would have scored 10-20 runs, taking the lead to 90. That’s more important for me.” PTI BS AM BS AM AM

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