The final test match between India and Australia is becoming a naturally high voltage fixture being the series decider. But there are more to add into the excitement as the match is turning out to be a see-saw game. In the first inning, India toppled the Aussie batting line up, but they could not restrict the team from scaling the 300-mark batting for the first day. India scored 332 runs in playing until the first session of the third day. The team restricted fall of wickets, but could not haul the score to a considerable mark. Australia took the pitch again for its second inning by the afternoon session of the third day and lost 6 wickets in 106 runs, with Indian spinners reaching a dominant position in the match.
In the first inning, Australia played 88.3 overs. The best strike was from captain Steve Smith, who scored 111 runs. The other players who knocked half centuries are David Warner and Mathew Wade. Warner scored 56 and Wade added 57 to the tally. The rest could not deliver better run falling on the hands of Indian spin bowlers. Debutant Kuldeep Yadav spearheaded the bowling attack taking down four wickets including David Warner. With his ingenious left hand leg break spin, the bowler came out as the inning decider for India. Umesh Yadav toppled two wickets and Jadeja, Ashwin and Bhuvneshwar Kumar had a single wicket each. Ashwin took Smith’s wicket.
In the second inning, India could not show up a strong batting instance. However, the team effort was magnificent. There were three half centuries in the stretch, one each from Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja, scoring 60, 57 and 63 respectively. Rahane was dismissed at 47, while Ashwin and Wriddhiman Saha played for 30 and 31 runs respectively. India tallied 332 runs in the inning leading Australia by 32 runs. It was after the morning session when India handed the pitch to Australia.
In the second inning, Australia had to face the wrath of India’s spinners. The top batting order was scalped before even reaching the 100 mark. By tea beak in the session, the team was fell to 92 for 5 wickets, while India had to bowl only 25.3 overs. The best score in the stretch was from Glenn Maxwell, adding 45 runs. Smith was down at 17 runs. It is the third day and Australia lost half of its line-up before the evening session. The match further would be interesting even if India is clearly at a dominant position.
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