India defeated Australia by an innings and 132 runs in the opening Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium in Nagpur. India already has a 1-0 lead in the series and appears certain that it will win it easily, securing a position in the World Test Championship (WTC) final.
After scoring a game-changing 70 runs on day three, Ravindra Jadeja left the field early and returned to the pavilion. The veteran’s departure didn’t seem to scare the hosts, though, as Axar Patel (84 runs) and Mohammed Shami (37 runs) continued to attack the Australian bowlers. At 400, India lost their final wicket, leaving Australia with a sizable task before of them.
Following the conclusion ofIndia was winning the game handily in the first innings, having amassed a score of over 200 runs. Pat Cummins and his team had to put up an outstanding performance against Indian bowlers in the second innings if they wanted to stay in the game. That was impossible, though, as the Indian spinners dismissed the Baggy Greens on 91. Australia recorded their lowest Test total in India with this result. The role of principal wrecker was played by Ravichandran Ashwin, who was anticipated to be hazardous against the visitors. The 36-year-old destroyed Australia’s top order with his considerable knowledge and extraordinary skills.
The veteran claimed Usman Khwaja, David Warne, Matt Renshaw, Peter Handscomb, and Alex Carey as victims during his 12-over stretch. Along with him, Ravindra Jadeja also surfaced as a danger whograbbed a few wickets, including a scary one from Marnus Labuschagne.
WTC Points standings following India’s convincing victory
The Indian team is still ranked second on the points chart despite winning the first Tests against Australia. In contrast, Rohit Sharma and his team have accumulated 11 points with a 61.67 win %. With 136 points and a victory percentage of 70.83, Australia continues to lead the table. However, Sri Lanka will have a better chance of reaching the final if the Australians fail to earn a win or a draw on this tour.