The Indian cricket team had the advantage in the match against Australia after winning the toss and opting to bowl first. The host nation made quick work of the Australian batsmen, dismissing them for a total of 177 runs in the first innings. India’s strong start was largely due to their captain, Rohit Sharma, who scored a crucial half-century (56*) to finish the day with a score of 77 for 1. While KL Rahul may have been disappointed with his dismissal late in the day, Ravichandran Ashwin, who was sent in as a nightwatchman, helped prevent any further wickets from falling.
The Australian openers were quickly sent back to the pavilion as India’s bowlers found early success. Mohammed Siraj’s first delivery of the match was a full-swinging delivery that caught Usman Khawaja leg before wicket, while Mohammed Shami sent David Warner’s off-stump cartwheeling with a delivery from around the wicket. With these two early wickets, Australia found themselves in trouble with a score of 2/2.
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At this stage, Smith and Labuschagne, Australia’s best players of spin, formed a crucial partnership of 82. Both players used their feat pretty well to get to the pitch of the ball and proved the pitch had no demons in it. But Jadeja got one to spin sharply to get Labuschagne stumped.
Renshaw was dismissed lbw the very next ball by Jadeja. Smith was set up beautifully by the left-arm spinner after a series of off-breaks, he got one go in with the angle to castle Smith.
Carey and Handscomb added a brisk 50-run stand before Carey missed a reverse sweep and was bowled. Ashwin took care of the tail-enders to dismiss the Australians for 177.
Unlike the Australians, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul made sure India got off to a good start with the bat. While Rohit was the aggressor, KL Rahul took his time and played cautiously. Rohit added a quick fifty but at the close of play, debutant Murphy dismissed Rahul to end India’s score at 77/1.