Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

After facing a batting debacle and getting bundled out for a paltry score of 163 runs in their second innings on the second day of the third Test at the Holkar Stadium in Indore on Thursday, hosts India have set a victory target of 76 against Australia.

Considering the small target, many fans might think that the Australians will have a walk in the park. However, the wicked nature and uncertain behaviour of the pitch has kept the hope of the Indian team alive.

While a total of fourteen wickets fell on the opening day, 16 batsmen got out on the second day. The pitch is offering plenty of turn and uneven bounce. The track has made the job of the batters pretty hard.

Australian spinner Nathan Lyon ran through the Indian batting line-up with an eight-wicket haul and put his team within touching distance of a rare victory in India.

However, as per some of the cricket experts and players, though India have not put enough runs on the board, they still have an outside chance of winning the match.

Indian pacer Umesh Yadav feels that it will not be an easy task for the Australians to register an easy victory against the in-form Indian bowlers.

“In cricket anything can happen. We will try our best and bowl tight lines. It is not an easy wicket to bat. It will be more difficult for the Australians in the fourth innings. The ball is keeping low as well. In this kind of condition, a batsman can’t be sure about stepping out and hitting big shots to break the shackle,” said Yadav.

“We have given them a small target. But we will ensure that the bowlers will stick to a tight line and length and push as much as we can,” the pacer added.