Matthew Wade, the Australia wicketkeeper who smashed a gritty fifty, said they initially struggled to read Kuldeep Yadav. Kuldeep grabbed 4 for 68 as Australia were all-out for 300 after reaching 131 for one at lunch.
“Yeah, it took a couple of balls to get used to it. He bowled a lot of different deliveries. He bowled a lot of leg-spinners with the scrambled seam, he’s wrong’un was with scrambled seam as well. It took a few balls to get used to it, but once you stayed out there a little while, you got a read on him,” said Wade, who scored a useful half-century in Australia first innings.
Wade said that even though they had done their homework on Kuldeep, it was a different proposition facing him out there in the middle.
“Yeah, we have a look at everyone before the start of the series, so the boys are on top of what he was going to bowl. It’s different when you get out onto a game scenario, especially the way the wicket was going to play and what’s going on out there, but yeah, everyone has had a look at his footage and he bowled quite well today,” he said.
But the left-hander conceded that Australia missed a great opportunity to put up a big score after the start they had got.
“Yeah, I suppose a little bit. 140 for 1 after lunch, you would hope to push on but credit to the Indians. They bowled really well through the middle session and we have to find a way to grind out 300. I thought to get there, in the end, was a good effort,” Wade said.