India pacer Pooja Vastrakar on Saturday said it was important to come in with more intent on the final day of the pink-ball Test against Australia in Gold Coast and try to enforce the follow-on.
Vastrakar, who picked up two wickets including the big one of Meg Lanning (for 38), and Jhulan Goswami (2/27) helped restrict Australia to 143/4 at stumps in response to India’s first innings total of 377/8 declared.
The hosts are still behind by 234 and need 85 more runs to avoid the follow-on.
“If we have to win the match, we have to come with more intent tomorrow and try and break the partnerships and enforce the follow-on,” Vastrakar said in a virtual media interaction at the end of the third day’s play.
“It is not impossible. We will try. In two sessions we managed to get four wickets which was crucial. If the intent is there, anything can happen in the game of cricket,” added Vastrakar, who finished the day with 2/31.
Vastrakar got the wicket of opposition captain Meg Lanning, who was unlucky to be adjudged leg before as there was an inside edge onto the pads.
About bowling to Lanning, she said “I did not focus on the batter. I just focussed on my line and length.”
The 22-year old medium-pacer said it was a nice experience bowling with the pink ball under the lights.
“It was a nice experience bowling with the pink ball under the lights. It doesn’t move as much as the red ball. It moves initially, but as it gets older it doesn’t as much. Had fun bowling under the lights,” she said.
About the pitch, Vastrakar said it suited pacers a little more than the spinners, adding “the spinners were trying to keep it tight but the pacers were going for the wickets.”
Also, she said it was important to carry on the good work started by Goswami and Meghna. “My job was to stick to the right line and lengths and I got the results,” said Vastrakar.
Healy wants DRS after Lanning error
Meanwhile, Australian batter Alyssa Healy said that the presence of DRS can help get rid of umpiring mistakes like the one that brought about her skipper Lanning’s downfall on Saturday.
“Definitely, I wouldn’t say no to DRS if it is available. I would love to see it in every Test match. It makes it fair and even and to take out the howler would be a nice thing,” said Healy.
The keeper-batter, who was dismissed by Goswami, said the Indian pacers’ consistency surprised her.
“Their (Indian pacers) consistency has surprised me and has been impressive. It’s great to see so many young Indian players getting an opportunity. We prepared for Shikha Pandey but she didn’t even get a look in, which is a great sign for Indian cricket,” said Healy.
“It was fun. Walking off isn’t as fun, but the challenge was fun. Jhulan has gotten the better of me quite a few times. She’s a world class bowler and has been throughout her career. She gets that extra bit of bounce. Challenging especially after 140 overs in the field,” she added.
Healy hoped Ellyse Perry, who was unbeaten on 27, would bat for all the 108 overs available on Sunday.
“Perry and McGrath out there together calmed the dressing room. Perry is unbeaten, hope she bats for 108 overs,” said Healy.
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