2nd Test: 'Temperatures are rising', says Josh Hazlewood

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Bengaluru, March 6: Australian paceman Josh Hazlewood today, March 6, admitted that "temperatures are rising a little bit" in the ongoing Test series against India.

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On the 3rd day of the 2nd Test, India ended the day at 213/4 to be ahead by 126 runs. Half-centuries from KL Rahul (51) and Cheteshwar Pujara (79 not out) ensured that the hosts fought back well after a disappointing batting display in the first innings.

Josh Hazlewood (left) celebrates with teammates after picking Virat Kohli's wicket

After being bowled out for 189 on the first day (Saturday, March 4), India bounced back on Monday, restricting Australia to 276. Ravindra Jadeja was the star with 6 wickets.

With still not in a good position, India will look to stretch the lead to over 250 on a difficult pitch at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Hazlewood was the pick of Australian bowlers today with figures of 3/57 from 16 overs. For him, the Test is "pretty level" with 2 days left.

"It feels pretty level at the moment (after day 3). They fought back really well in that last session. Credit to the two guys (Pujara and Rahane) out there.

"They stuck to their plans and fought hard and scratched away for quite a bit of amount of runs. So, I think it's pretty level," the right-arm fast bowler told reporters after the end of day's play.

Hazlewood dismissed Indian captain Virat Kohli LBW but the batsman used DRS (Decision Review System).

However, the verdict was "Umpire's Call" when there was no conclusive evidence whether the ball hit the bat first or the pad.

After another failure with the bat, Kohli was not happy with the DRS call and was seen angrily talking to himself in the dressing room after walking back for 15.

Initially, Hazlewood too was not confident of the appeal and had pulled out. But the fielders made a strong case and the umpire upheld their appeal.

"Initially, I just heard a bit of wood, so I sort of pulled out of the appeal. But I saw the guys behind and square of the wicket were pretty confident, and obviously it got given out.

"After looking at the reviews, you could see the ball just touching the pad before the bat. So it had to stick with the on-field call," he explained on his decision to not appeal convincingly against Kohli.

"Yeah, he (Kohli) was confident he got some bat on that delivery which is why he obviously reviewed it straightaway.

"As we saw (from the replays), it was pretty tight. I think the temperature raised a little bit (when he was given out) but he had to stick to the on-field umpire's call," Hazlewood added.

When the right-arm paceman was asked about the intensity and the aggression between the teams on the field, he said, "Temperatures are rising a little bit - yesterday and today. It's pretty intense out there. But we are trying to stick to just playing on skills and be calm out there."

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