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Arjun Bhalla ∙ Mar 1 2023, 11:39 AM

IND vs AUS, 3rd Session Report: Kharismatic Khawaja Brings India Bowlers To Their Knee


image-lepj0lafKhawaja is the only half-centurion in Indore (AP Photo)

Suddenly the ball stopped spinning and gripping and started getting that extra bounce that it was getting when India was batting. However, a lot of its credit has to go to Australia, who finally adapted well to the spin-friendly conditions.

For India, Ravindra Jadeja snapped three wickets in the session, helping India save a bit of their pride. After castling Marnus Labuschagne on a no-ball, Ravindra Jadeja finally bowled the World No.1 with an arm ball that kept low.

After Labuschagne's dismissal, the left-handed Usman Khawaja took the charge and took the opposition bowlers at bay. He played Ravichandran Ashwin the best, which is the most commendable job that he did as the Indian off-break becomes twice lethal against a southpaw.

The Queenslander was firm in his defence. He was driving the ball like a dream, punches and sweeps were caressing off his blade. However, he again perished off a sweep. 

Then came Steve Smith to the middle, but the stand-in captain couldn't take the momentum forward as he knicked Jadeja into KS Bharat's gloves. 

Talking about the stumper, he took a sharp scalp of Smith but dropped two chances behind the stumps. 

Cameron Green and Peter Handscomb remain the unbeaten batters at the stumps on Day 1, with the Australian lead reaching 47 runs. If the rest of their batters continue with the same approach tomorrow, they have the chance of batting India out of the Test match.


Talking Points

  1. India's most daunting Test weapon Ravi Ashwin couldn't get enough revs behind the ball, which resulting him in bowling too full or too short. If he doesn't correct his lengths on Day 2, India may have pay a big fine.
  2. Australian batters, especially Usman Khawaja, were firm with their technique. They tried of playing most with the straight bat, instead of bringing out the flat-batted strokes.
  3. When the Australian started to put on runs, Rohit Sharma's India went on the back-foot, which hinted in their body language. Ground fielding was a point of concern, while the Indian captain wasted all his reviews without even thinking twice.
  4. Some of the umpiring decision were just howlers. If we corrected them right, one of the standing umpires gave six wrong decisions in the day.


Brief Score

Australia - 156/4 (54 overs)
Peter Handscomb - 7* (36), Cameron Green 6* (10)
Ravindra Jadeja - 4/63 (24)

Australia lead by 47 runs.