Despite only taking a little advantage on the second day of the Delhi Test, Australia played admirably. The ejection of Marnus Labuschagne, who was in excellent form, was one of the highlights of Day 3’s morning session for India, though. In the Border Gavaskar series, Ravindra Jadeja defeated the top-ranked Test batter for the third time in four innings.
Thanks to a vigorous stand between Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne, the visitors closed the second day on a strong note. Head, who had an unsettling air about him, was out in the day’s opening over by Ravichandran Ashwin. When Australia sensed a rebuild, the death of the southpaw sent Steve Smith to the plate.
But Ashwin, who was searchingthe more dangerous of the Indian spinners, who trapped Smith in front of the wicket, finished off Smith for the second time in the game. The Australians were already suffering from Smith’s absence when Ravindra Jadeja broke through Labuschagne’s defence with an arm-ball that rattled his stumps.
The Australian ace had been removed by the Indian left-arm spinner three times in the current series. The Aussie batsman appeared to be in good shape and was attempting to score easily at the crease, but Jadeja was cock a hoop. After being dismissed, he appeared to be in astonishment as the ball stayed a little low.
As Matt Renshaw left in the very next over after being fired, there was a brief collapse. The tall batter was successfully thrown in.trying to sweep Ashwin in front of the wicket. As Jadeja dismissed first innings star Peter Handscomb for a three-ball duck in the next over, the home team took a sizable edge.