India’s performance on Day 1 of the third Test match in Indore was disappointing as the hosts were dismissed for 109, which allowed Australia to eventually take the lead. No Indian batter, with the exception of Shubman Gill and Virat Kohli, was able to surpass the 20-run mark because of dangerous strokes and an inability to handle the dual bounce of the pitch. Even though Rohit Sharma and the rest of the team’s situation appeared hopeless, Kohli was caught on camera dancing on the field. The star Indian batter then started dancing while outfielding, and Rohit could be seen laughing at his teammates’ antics.
After dismissing India for 109 earlier in the day, Usman Khawaja’s 60 and spinner Matthew Kuhnemann’s five-wicket haul on the first day of the third Test on Wednesday handed Australia the early advantage.
The visitors were 156-4 at stumps in Indore on a ground that was violently shifting, leading India by 47 runs as they looked to avenge two devastating series losses.
Ravindra Jadeja, an Indian spinner, removed all four Australian wickets near the finish of play, leaving only Peter Handscomb and Cameron Green batting. Green scored six runs, while Handscomb scored seven.
With the bat, left-handed batsman Khawaja stood out courtesy to his 21st Test half-century and a 96-run second-wicket partnership with Marnus Labuschagne.
I carried out my responsibilities, made an effort to score when I got the chance, and treated the good ball with respect. The procedure is simple, and dealing with Marnus was helpful. According to Khawaja, a broadcaster is Star Sports.
“Because of how unpredictable the new ball was, the beginning of batting appeared to be the most challenging, but it was amazing to get the partnership. There shouldn’t be any simple aims.”
The top-ranked Test batsman Labuschagne cut the ball onto his stumps on nought, but was dismissed after it was judged that Jadeja had left the crease. Finally, he walked out on 31.
With a sweep effort that was successfully caught at deep midwicket, Khawaja helped Australia surpass India’s first-innings total before leaving the field.
substitute captain Steve Smith put forth a great effort before getting caught behind, striking out for 26.
But, Kuhnemann came to Australia’s rescue when the hosts elected to bat first on a dry pitch that immediately changed.
The left-arm spinner completed his first five-wicket haul in just his second Test and bowled out India shortly after noon with the help of seasoned spinner Nathan Lyon, who took three.
Kuhnemann said, “Nathan has treated me really nicely.
“Roll up your sleeves and get involved; it really doesn’t matter if you bowl against Rohit (Sharma) or anyone else because, in this situation, they are the best in the world. Just concentrate on yourself.”
– “Off day” for India
In the sixth over, Australia used spin, and it instantly paid off when Kuhnemann dismissed the team’s skipper Rohit for 12.
Shubman Gill took over for KL Rahul, who was having difficulty, and began to battle back with three fours before succumbing to Kuhnemann, who was taken at slip by Smith for 21.
Following that, Lyon bowled Cheteshwar Pujara for one with a delivery that stayed low and spun erratically.
In the first hour of play, as India stumbled to 45-5, wickets kept falling.
That was challenging, according to Vikram Rathour, the Indian team’s batting coach. Our batting unit simply had a bad day; we didn’t play bad or careless cricket.
Despite Virat Kohli’s strong 22-ball performance, Todd Murphy managed to dismiss him for the third time in as many games.
The opening ball of the day, bowled by returning left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc, appeared to have Rohit caught behind, but the appeal was rejected.
Although replays showed that the hitter had indeed nicked the ball, Australia decided not to investigate. Three balls later, they missed another opportunity that would have had Rohit out by long ball if it had been referred to the TV umpire.
But neither the remainder of the Indian batting nor Rohit, who made a century in the first Test, managed to hold on for too long.