Saha & Jadeja Were Fantastic: Ashwin

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Dharamsala: March 27: India’s premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Monday, March 27, heaped praises on Ravindra Jadeja and Wriddhiman Saha for their gritty knocks that helped the hosts to take a 32-run lead over Australia in the first innings.

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Resuming the Day Three of the fourth and Final Test here on Monday at 248/6, overnight batsmen Ravindra Jadeja (63) and Wriddhiman Saha (31) added 69 runs to take India past 300-run mark.

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“It was magical. You couldn’t have asked for more. Jaddu and Saha batted really well. We get our noses ahead,” Ashwin said after the day’s proceedings. “This morning was really special. Saha and Jaddu were fantastic. It has been a magical season. I told Jaddu there was a hundred for the taking. “He is a very talented batsman, if he puts his head down, he can get that hundred. Hope there is more tight batting from Vijay and Rahul, and that they can get fifties for themselves,” he added.

Ashwin, who scalped three wickets in the second session, also lauded pacers Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar for bowling tight spells that helped to build the pressure on the Australians. “Great spells by Umesh and Bhuvi. Australia batted really well yesterday too, we had to buckle down,” Ashwin said. At the end of the day’s play, India had scored 19/0 and needed only 87 runs more to win the final Test — as also the four-match Test series. Openers Murali Vijay (6) and Lokesh Rahul (13) were at the crease when the day’s play was called off.

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