Australia on Wednesday made a great comeback as India were bowled out for 109. The Indian team were bundled out for the meagre score just few minutes after lunch. It was a forgettable day for team India as they saw Australia take a lead of 47 with 6 wickets in hand. The end of the day state of play means that Australia now hold all the aces as the Indore test is firmly in the grasp of Steve Smith and his men.
Labuschagne and Siraj in the middle of a heated contest –
Indian spinners had done the bulk of the bowling as the pacers were mere spectators. Mohammad Siraj was called into bowl post the 33rd over and he started to do a bit with the ball right from the word go.
Labuschagne had got a huge inside edge and the ball went down to fine leg. That’s when the Australian number 3 was seen saying something to Siraj. The Indian bowler gave the Australian a stare as he walked past without breaking eye contact. This was perhaps the first instance of a flare up in a series where it has been anything but India vs Australia like.
March 1, 2023
Rohit survives twice before falling for 12–
Rohit Sharma won the toss and chose to bat first. In the first ball of the game, Starc got a huge edge of Rohit’s bat only for the umpire to give it not out. There was another call for LBW but the Indian skipper survived yet again. Rohit hit 3 fours in his 12 before he went down the track and missed the line of the ball and was stumped by Carey off Kuhnemann.
India lost 7 before lunch –
Gill scored 21 off 18 balls before he became Kuhnemann’s 2nd wicket caught at slip. Pujara played back to a ball which came in sharp off Lyon to be bowled for 1. Jadeja then gave a simple catch to Kuhnemann to give Lyon his 2nd wicket. Iyer went for a cut only to give Kuhnemann his 3rd wicket.
Kohli and Bharat then arrested the slide with a 25 run stand for the 6th wicket. Kohli continued his bad form as he fell LBW to Murphy for 22, while Bharat was out LBW to Lyon for 17. This meant India were 83/7 at the time of lunch and needed Ashwin and Axar to get them past 100.
Kuhnemann grabs 5 as India are bowled out for 109 –Ashwin was caught behind for 3 to give Kuhnemann his 4th wicket. Umesh Yadav hit 2 sixes and a four in his 17 before he became the Australian left arm spinners maiden 5th wicket in test cricket. India were soon all out as Axar and Siraj had a mix up between the wickets and Siraj was run out for a duck. India were bowled out for 109 just a few minutes after lunch on the 1st day at Indore.