Test of Spin and Patience: Australia Dominate on India’s Turf
Australia made strides in the third Test against India, claiming a first international five-wicket haul from left-arm spinner Matthew Kuhnemann and batting highlights from Usman Khawaja’s 60.
The Indian team were sent packing for a mere 109 runs after winning the toss and electing to bat first in the spin-friendly conditions.
Nate Lyon’s 3-35 was also integral to India’s batting downfall.
In Australia’s 156-4 response, Rohit Sharma was tested by two wickets that umpire Nitin Menon did not deem out.
Khawaja was initially struggling in the tough conditions, as were Virat Kohli and Shubman Gill, both of whom were caught out.
A 96-run stand between Labuschagne and Khawaja was the stand out performance for the Australians before Khawaja was caught out for 61.
Amit Jadeja was India’s star bowler, claiming the impressive figures of 4-63.
Australia’s Head and Smith both fell to Jadeja, the former lbw and the latter caught behind.
The pitch at this Test drew criticism from former Test batsmen Mark Waugh and Matthew Hayden who said it was not up to Test-standard, with balls going through too quickly in the first twenty minutes.
Indicating the excessive weight given to spin bowling, Hayden said it “shouldn’t be a spin-bowler’s paradise.”
The two-nil scoreline heading into the third Test meant that Australia were out of contention to win, the players on both sides nonetheless put on an intense show, with the day ending in favour of the tourists.