Returning to international cricket, Ravindra Jadeja’s four wickets helped India cut Australia’s score to 174 for eight at tea on the first day of the first Test cricket here on Thursday.
Nagpur, Feb 9 – Ravindra Jadeja, who returned to international cricket after injury, took four wickets as India reduced Australia to 174 for eight at tea on the first day of the first Test cricket here on Thursday. Jadeja (4/45), returning from a knee injury, was well supported by off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (2/41). Marnus Labuschagne (49) and Steve Smith (37) gave Australia a good comeback in the first session by adding 82 runs for the third wicket, but after the break for the pair, Alex Carey (36) and Peter Handscomb (29 not come out) were the only Indian spinners. He can stand for a while in front of Carey and Handscomb also shared a quick partnership of 53 runs for the sixth wicket. At tea, Nathan Lyon was partnered with Handscomb, who has yet to open his account.
Other than Labushen, most of Australia’s batsmen were written off for playing poor shots or misunderstanding the line of the ball. Labushen came out ahead of the crease in an attempt to play Jadeja’s fast-spinning ball and debutant goalkeeper Shrikar Bharat was not wrong to stump him. He hit eight fours while facing 123 balls. Following Labushen’s ejection, Jadeja dominated the batsmen. Smith hit three fours on Akshar Patel but was dropped after missing the ball off Jadeja’s arm. Jadeja then lbw Matt Renshaw (00) on first ball to reduce Australia’s score from 84 for two to 109 for five. Carey and Handscomb took an aggressive approach against the Indian bowlers, especially the batsman Carey. Carey hit some good boundaries with a reverse sweep, but in an attempt to repeat the same Ashwin shot, the ball was played into the wickets.
Ashwin had Australia captain Pat Cummins (06) caught by Kohli in the slips while Jadeja delivered Australia’s eighth stroke per lbw to debutant Todd Murphy (00). In the morning session, Cummins won the toss and elected to bat, after which Mohammed Shami (1/18) and Mohammed Siraj (1/30) fired starters Usman Khawaja (01) and David Warner (01) early. . Smith did not allow the spinning trio of Jadeja, Akshar and Ashwin to dominate the rest of the first session. All the Australian media claims about ‘ground tampering’ before the match turned out to be a hoax as the VCA Stadium pitch appeared to be the usual dry Indian pitch with much help from roulette from the second day onwards. .
The spinners are spinning from the wicket, but that is par for the course on Indian pitches. Smith and Labushen, however, came up against the Indian spinners hard, showing off their strong technique. Siraj lbw Khawaja on his first ball of the match in the second over. The referee on the field did not let him out but the decision went in favor of India after taking DRS. Shami bowled to Warner in the next over with an inside ball to the left-handed batsman. India appeared to be in control, but then world number one Test batsman Labuschagne took charge and played some flashy shots. He collected four runs from an Ashwin line of coverage after hitting Akshar for a four on a late cut.
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