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Cricket Ravichandran Ashwin disappointed to let Australia get away

Ravichandran Ashwin rued letting Australia get away from India on day two of the third Test in Melbourne.

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India were unable to contain Steve Smith (192), Brad Haddin (55) and Ryan Harris (74) at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday as the hosts piled on the runs " eventually being bowled out for 530.

That was much more than the tourists would have liked, but they finished the day 108-1 and Ashwin " who took 3-134 " is confident they can make a competitive total on Sunday.

"We wanted to get them out pretty early. That was the plan," he said. "Unfortunately Steve Smith batted very well.

"They got a bit too many runs for our liking.

"But if you look at the overall game, the score is pretty par for this pitch. The wicket seems slow and it is pretty flat. We'll take 108-1 and we'll like to pile on the runs on Sunday.

"The last two days have been quite hard work. I have put in a real honest effort, put in whatever I have worked on in practice. I have been really disciplined in my skills.

"I have bowled better spells in patches in the past, but this is probably the best overall performance."

Murali Vijay (55 not out) and Cheteshwar Pujara (25no) will resume on day three with India - who trail 2-0 in the series - 422 runs behind.

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