Jadeja watches the off-stump getting cranked as an arm ball from Murphy does outfox him
Drinks Break, Session 1: IND: 352/8, Axar: 63*, Shami 16*
Shami and Axar built a 52 runs partnership for the 9th wicket
Australia burnt two reviews in desperation
Lunch, Day 3: IND- 400/10 (139.3) Cummins outsmarts Axar with a slower one at the brink of Lunch
Trailing by 223 runs, Australia was on the back foot straight away.
Dark Clouds loomed over Australia with the introduction of Ravichandran Ashwin in the second over
And it didn’t take long for Ashwin to draw the first blood with two left-handed batters against him
With the wicket of Khawaja in the second over, the Aussie downfall started
Ashwin weaved his magic and got to his 31st Test fifer in just 10 overs and broke the back of Australia
Australia didn’t recover from Ashwin’s fear and wickets tumbled like nine pins, eventually getting allout for 91 runs in 32.3 overs
India won by an innings and 132 runs, leading BGT 1-0
With a trial of 223 runs in the mind, Australia seemed to have succumbed to the added pressure. It was the Ashwin-Jaddu duo that fired clueless deliveries at the Aussie batters and they seemed nowhere near grit.
Wickets fell like nine pins for Australia with the opener Usman Khawaja inaugurating it. Skipper Rohit Sharma handed the new red cherry to Mohammed Shami and he extracted some lateral movements. The captain was quick to offer the ball to Ashwin and Jadeja and they did the job for India.
It was Ashwin who dismissed Khawaja and Jadeja followed it up by trapping Labuschagne plumb in front. Ashwin removed the pack of left-handed batters early on this day and it was just Steve Smith who was holding one side. From David Warner to Matt Renshaw, and Peter Handscomb to Alex Carey, everyone bowed down before the wittiness of Ashwin. The Tamil Nadu-based spinner was the pick of the bowlers in the third innings of play with a fifer to his name.
Shami was handed the half-worn cherry to clear the tail and he did the job superbly. An arm ball from Jadeja went through the gates of Smith when they were nine wickets down but it was called a no-ball due to overstepping the popping crease. But Shami did his job and trapped Boland in front of the pads and that summed up the day for the Aussies.
Earlier, Australia had chosen to bat first and could fetch only 177 runs on the board. Ashwin grabbed a three-fer and Jadeja finished off with a fifer. Marnus and Steve Smith were the only steady-looking batters but failed to convert. Handscomb and Carey had their own brisk contribution as well.
In return, India had built 400 runs in their own first innings and Rohit Sharma was the one to notch a century. Jadeja (70) and Axar (84) notched up half-centuries and boosted the total to the 400 runs mark. Shami played a superb cameo on the first session of Day 3 and assisted Axar for a long time. Todd Murphy was the star with the ball with a seven-wicket haul on his debut.
The third day of a Test match is known to be a moving day. But it moved way too much that India lost three wickets early morning and then Australia went bundled before Tea.
Stay tuned as the presentation ceremony starts soon.
lbw M Shami