India is defeated by Australia for 109, dominating the opening day of the third Test.

Australia completely controls the first day of the third Test before defeating India for 109.

India is defeated by Australia for 109 dominating the opening day of the third Test

Australia completely controls the first day of the third Test before defeating India for 109.

  • Rookie spinner Matt phenomenon takes 5-16 in Indore
  • Tourists then reach 156-4 to establish lead of 47

Australia has recovered from two humiliating losses to enjoy a rare day of domination in India and seize control of the third Test on a nasty turner of a wicket in Indore.

Australia’s spinners shredded India during a tumultuous opening session at Holkar Stadium, and the tourists headed to stumps on day one with a lead of 47 and a score of 156-4.

But, India’s brilliant all-rounder Ravi Jadeja (4-63) once more made an effort to win the match for his team by taking all four Australian wickets, including the prized catch of acting skipper Steve Smith for 26 just before the end of play.

Travis Head, Usman Khawaja (60), Marnus Labuschange (31) and Smith, Australia’s top four, were lost, but in-form Peter Handscomb and all-rounder Cameron Green remain on seven and six, respectively.

When Jadeja tried to maintain his hold on Australia, India already torched all three of their reviews.

Despite their position of dominance, Australia doesn’t need to be reminded of how swiftly India can recover after falling down during the second Test in Delhi.

Left-armer, who was taking part in his second Test, shone with 5-16 as India collapsed for 109, their shortest innings in terms of balls since 2008 and their fourth lowest total against Australia at home.

Before Mohammed Siraj was run out 30 minutes into the second session, Australia’s spin combo of Todd Murphy, Nathan Lyon, and Kuhnemann had claimed nine wickets.

While Kuhnemann and Lyon (3-35) shocked the visitors, India faltered to lunch at 7-84 after captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and decided to bat.

Similar to the difficulties Australia encountered throughout the first two Tests, India lost 5-18 in a collapse.

Todd Murphy (1-23), a young spinner with much promise, got the Indian superstar’s wicket for the third time this series after Virat Kohli (22) temporarily provided the hosts with stability.

Axar Patel (12 no.) and Ravichandran Ashwin (three), two bowling all-rounders, rescued India from a dire scenario during the second Test, but their bravery was not replicated.

The drama in Indore began when Sharma intercepted Mitchell Starc’s first-ball delivery to wicketkeeper Alex Carey.

Australia decided not to challenge the decision after umpire Nitin Menon ruled Sharma not out.

Starc trapped Sharma in front on the fourth ball of his first over; replays revealed that the India opener would have been out if Australia had used DRS.

Nevertheless, Sharma only managed to score 14 as Carey stumped him while he was attempting to smash a Kuhnemann delivery.

The most amazing wicket of the day belonged to Lyon, who managed to get a ball to turn and keep low before smashing it through Cheteshwar Pujara’s stumps.

After playing in their first game since each had a finger injury during the Boxing Day Test victory over South Africa, Starc and Green started the contest by opening the bowling.

Once the captain decided to go back to Sydney to be with his critically ill mother, Starc took over as Australia’s frontline quick.

After Cummins took over as Australia’s leader in red balls in November 2021, Steve Smith has served as captain a total of three times.

Whoever prevails in Indore will guarantee their place in the World Test Championship grand finale at The Oval in June.

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