India and Australia are fighting it out in Border-Gavaskar Trophy in India. Finally, Indian Team management has decided to drop KL Rahul, the out of form opener from Test team. Shubman Gill opened for India in this Indore Test. Before Toss, Rohit Sharma and Australia Captain, Steve Smith – in the absence of Pat Cummins – unveiled Indian great CK Nayudu statue at Indore. India team has bundled out for spin of Australia on a low and slow turning wicket. Rohit Sharma had two lives in the first over bowled by Mitchell Starc and Shubman Gill went after pacers in the first two overs to show his authority. But India ended up scoring 109 runs and bundled out just after Lunch session.
Rohit Sharma skipped out of the crease to hit Matthew Kuhnemann, in his first over. But ball gripped and turned. He got stumped out for 12. Soon, Shubman Gill got out after scoring 21 (16) to the same bowler. India found themselves deep in trouble as Cheteshwar Pujara (1), Ravindra Jadeja (4), Shreyas Iyer (0) fell quickly to Nathan Lyon and Matthew Kuhnemann, respectively. Virat Kohli and Srikar Bharat tried to stem the wicket fall. India from 45/5 tried to slowly recover.
But Todd Murphy got Virat Kohli (22) LBW and Srikar Bharat (17) got out to Nathan Lyon. First Test Batting hero, Ravichandran Ashwin (3) fell for Matthew Kuhnemann. Umesh Yadav went after spinners and smacked quick 17 and became 5th wicket for Matthew Kuhnemann. Mohammed Siraj (0) got run-out to end India score at 109 in 33.2 overs. Matthew Kuhnemann (5/16) got his first 5-wicket haul and Nathan Lyon (3/35), Todd Murphy (1/23) did well for Auatralia. Axar Patel (12) remained not out for India.
In reply to this aggression of Australia, India started their bowling innings with spinners. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja (1/13) started the innings. Ravindra Jadeja dismissed Travis Head and Australia is on 23/1 in 6 overs. The pitch is already keeping low and slow, turning square. It would need super human effort from Australia batsmen to survive on this wicket and more application from India batsmen in second innings.
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