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Watch: Steve Smith takes a stunner to end Cheteshwar Pujara’s resistance in IND vs AUS 3rd Test

Australia stand-in captain Steve Smith pulled off a catch of the series contender when his one handed grab at slips ended Cheteshwar Pujara’s stay at the crease in the 3rd Test at Indore on Thursday. The catch proved to be the turning point of the match as Pujara, who was batting at 59, slowly and steadily waged a lone battle to rebuild the Indian innings after the rest of the top order had crumbled. In the 57th over, Nathan Lyon’s 3rd ball had spun inside and Pujara tried to play a drive but did not get as much bat to it as he would have liked. Smith, who was situated at the leg slip dived low and took an absolute stunning catch with his outstretched hand. Could this be a match-turning catch by @stevesmith49 to dismiss @cheteshwar1 for a determined 59 #INDvAUS #classic

IND vs AUS: Why did the Indore pitch offer wicked turn and variable bounce on the morning of Day 1?

The pitch which was a mix of red and black is not new to Indian players. But prior to the Test, as has been the case throughout the series, there was selective watering. Though it’s a common practice, what made it so hard for Indian batsmen was the fact that the moisture content – black soil tends to absorb more of it, which made it a bit damp. So whenever the ball landed in those parts – which had a bit of grass cover – it kept low. And whenever the ball landed in the dry area – mostly red soil – it found a sharp turn and bounce. Selective watering is a regular feature in Indian pitches but works better if the pitch isn’t a mixed-soil in nature. Black and red soils are contrasting as it is, offering different bounce but the selective watering meant it was even more of a contrast here....