Australia’s spinners wiped out India for just 109 on Day 1 of the third Test match on Wednesday, highlighting how efficient the Indore surface was for spinners. Both of India’s openers, Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill, were confused by the extra spin the Australian bowlers experienced, but the dismissal of Cheteshwar Pujara left everyone looking plainly shocked. In the ninth over of the match, Nathan Lyon bowled the ball short outside off stump, and Pujara immediately responded by cutting it through the point region with his back foot.
As the ball quickly turned sharply and smashed through the stumps, Pujara was completely immobilised by his stance. Even the skipper, Rohit, who followed Pujara back to the pavilion, appeared visibly stunned.
Australia had 156 for four in their first innings as a response to India’s 109 at the time of stumps on the first day of the third Test here on Wednesday.
Usman Khawaja led Australia to victory with a brilliant 60 off 147 balls and 96 runs for the second wicket with Marnus Labuschagne (31).
The two played carefully in the field after Travis Head was ejected early (9).
The captain, Steve Smith, scored 26 goals.
When the game came to a close, Peter Handscomb (7 not out) and Cameron Green (6 not out) were still in the game.
All four wickets were taken by Ravindra Jadeja (4/63) for India. Australia leads India by 47 runs at the moment.
India chose to bat first, and Virat Kohli and Shubman Gill each added 22 runs.
Left-arm spinner Matthew Kuhnemann (5/16) and shortstop Nathan Lyon (3/35) excelled for Australia on a track with a steep bend.
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