Marnus Labuschagne was dismissed for 31© Twitter
Pitch on the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore turned out to be a blessing for the spinners on Day 1 of the third Test between India and Australia. The first session noticed India dropping seven wickets with solely 84 runs on the board after Matthew Kuhnemman and Nathan Lyon wrecked a havoc on the hosts’ batting line-up. Post-lunch, India had been skittled for 109 with Kuhnemann and Lyon returning with 5 and three wickets respectively. Later, Team India had a saving grace as their star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja eliminated Australia’s prime batting order and gave his facet an opportunity to fightback. Out of the 4 wickets taken by Jadeja, Marnus Labuschagne‘s dismissal turned a serious spotlight of the match.
In the thirty fifth over, Labuschagne fully failed to guage the spinning supply as ball stayed low and rattled the center stump. The dismissal left the Aussie batter in disbelief as he was left astonished with the brilliance of Jadeja’s spin. A distraught Labuschagne walked again to the dug out and noticed the replay of his wicket.
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With this, Jadeja broke the 96-run lengthy partnership between Labuschagne and Usman Khawaja. This was the fourth time within the ongoing collection that Labuschagne received eliminated by Jadeja. Earlier, he was dismissed twice within the Nagpur and within the first innings in Delhi.
Coming to the match, Indian batters’ longstanding struggles in opposition to spin had been totally uncovered earlier than Australia utilized themselves on a rank turner to take management of the third Test on a frantic opening day of the match in Indore on Wednesday.
Left-arm spinner Matthew Kuhnemman (5/16) picked up his maiden five-wicket haul as Australia skittled India out for a paltry 109 shortly after lunch on day one. Virat Kohli top-scored for India with 22 off 52 balls.
Trailing 0-2 within the collection, Australia got here out with a powerful resolve and objective to finish the day at 156 for 4, taking a 47-run lead.
Ravindra Jadeja (4/63) took all 4 wickets for India together with that of stand-in captain Steve Smith (26 off 38) earlier than shut of play.
(With PTI Inputs)
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