On a day when Australia had some brief counterattacking success, it was insufficient to stave off India’s unrelenting assault, as they fell to 174/8 by tea on the opening day of the 2023 Border-Gavaskar Trophy with Ravindra Jadeja taking 4/45.
The innings swiftly collapsed in the second session due to Jadeja after an 82-run partnership between Marnus Labuschagne (49) and Steve Smith (37) successfully fended off India for the majority of the first session.
Prior to trapping Matt Renshaw LBW on the first delivery from outside the wicket with the batter playing all over a ball turning in, he initially had Lauschagne overbalance while trying to drive and had him stumped. Axar Patel was struck for three boundaries by Steve Smith during an over as he momentarily launched a counterattack, but
was quickly engulfed by Jadeja, who bowled him by using a straighter edge to beat him on the inside.
However, a counterattacking Alex Carey and a steadfast Peter Handscomb stopped the slide once more. Carey scored seven boundaries in his 33-ball 36 thanks to a variety of reverse sweeps, sweeps, and drives. The hit, though, ultimately led to his demise as well, as he pulled R Ashwin onto the field, giving the offspinner his 450th Test wicket.
After settling down as the innings went on, Ashwin was able to set up Pat Cummins superbly for a catch at slip before Jadeja had Todd Murphy LBW for a duck. They lost six wickets for 98 runs during the session.
substantial decline from their initial session’s setup.
Australia chose to bat, but the fast bowlers of India quickly eliminated their openers. Usman Khawaja was ruled out on review after Mohammad Siraj struck him with his first ball, striking him on the front pad with a full ball. The next wicket was that of David Warner, who misplayed a Mohammed Shami pitch that was nipping in and lost his offstump.
On the much-hyped dry pitch, Australia’s challenge appeared to be teetering off at 2/2 without a ball being bowled by a spinner. Although the spinners ultimately gained some turn as well, the low bounce was the most evident aspect in the opening session, and Australia’s two best batsmen still struggled.were able to handle it with ease.
While Smith was kept silent for a stretch of 26 balls on 6, Labuschagne got his innings off to a fast start, managing a couple of early boundaries. Smith was at his most tense during this time, losing a few games and narrowly edging Axar Patel before being caught by Virat Kohli at slip. He broke out of that slump by chipping Ravindra Jadeja over midwicket for a boundary before the pair went on to become more at ease against spin.
Despite playing mostly from the backfoot and a couple close misses off the inside edge, both batters were able to keep the dangerous straight pitches out. But despite everything,