India’s incredible performance against Australia in the recent Test match resulted in a demolition of the Australian team within just three days. The Indian bowlers dominated the game by bowling out Australia for a mere 91 runs in just 32.3 overs in the second innings. This score was Australia’s second-lowest ever against India.
Ravichandran Ashwin, who had been outbowled by Ravindra Jadeja in the first innings, led the Australian collapse in the second innings with an impressive 5 for 37. It was notable that 15 out of the 20 wickets that India took were either lbw or bowled, highlighting India’s expertise in attacking the stumps without conceding too many runs.
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Australia’s defeat was made even more painful because India’s last three wickets managed to last throughout the entire first session on a pitch that was turning more and quicker than on the second day. Despite starting the day 144 runs behind, Australia had hopes of staying alive in the Test match, but their dreams were soon crushed when they lost Jadeja early on. Axar Patel added 52 and 20 runs with Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj, taking India’s lead to 223.
Coming in at number 9, he batted much like a proper batter and handled the quick turn on the pitch with ease. However, he lost his off stump on 84 after trying to farm the strike with Siraj and looking for a big hit towards the end of an over.
In the second innings, it only took five balls for the slide to begin, with Usman Khawaja falling victim to Ashwin’s spin. In the ninth over, spin was introduced at both ends, with Marnus Labuschagne trying to counter by staying deep in the crease and making Ashwin bowl full. However, this strategy carried a high risk on a pitch with low bounce, and soon enough, one delivery turned just enough to be considered a plumb lbw.
Ashwin accelerated the slide, with David Warner falling lbw to a delivery that didn’t turn, but disturbed the surface slightly and went on to miss his inside edge. Matt Renshaw was caught back to a fullish ball and was caught plumb in front, and Peter Handscomb lbw to a classic off-break from round the wicket.
Alex Carey was caught out for Ashwin’s 100th lbw victim in Tests, and Steven Smith, who had looked calm and composed throughout the game, was eventually bowled by Jadeja for the second time in the Test. Scott Boland was lbw to Shami, but Smith remained unbeaten on 25.