India vs Australia, 1st Test Day 1: Top 5 Talking Points




It is proved yet again that playing in India isn’t easy. Over the last couple of years, India have dramatically improved its performance at both home and away matches. This time, Kangaroo team is on their tour of India and looked completely clueless in front of Indian bowling. At stumps, Australia could finish off the day with 256 for 9 on scoreboard with Mitchell Starc (57*) and Josh Hazlewood (1*) out on the crease.

Australia's Mitchell Starc made 57 not out on day one against India and saves the day

Australia’s Mitchell Starc made 57 not out on day one against India and saves the day

#5 – Good Opening Partnership: The Aussie opening pair of David Warner 38 (77b, 4s x 6) and Renshaw 68 (156b, 4s x 10, 6s x 1) struck a fine opening stand of 82 for the first wicket. They gave a blistering start to team and kept rotating the strike even when Ashwin looked absolutely dangerous with the ball. However, the turning track of Pune didn’t trouble the Aussie openers more – they were well prepared.

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#4 – Wasted DRS Options: Indian cricketers have wasted DRS chances today. India did the same at the test match against Bangladesh too. Today, India wasted its DRS opportunities twice by calling for review when the same wasn’t needed. Indian wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha appealed for Renshaw’s caught behind off Ashwin’s delivery in the 10th over when the review clearly showed that it was the sound of the pad. Then again, Umesh Yadav made an LBW appeal for Steve Smith’s dismissal in the 39th Over. He insisted on DRS review and it confirmed that the ball was going away from the leg side.

#3 – Umesh Yadav Back in form: Finally, after a lot of time, right-arm-fast bowler Umesh Yadav did an amazing bowling today. Umesh Yadav produced a fantastic spell of 4 for 32 today. He produced a lot of reverse swings with the ball today. At one stage, Australia were playing well with 149 for 2 on scoreboard, but they were reduced to 205 for 9 once Umesh Yadav finished his spell. It clearly demonstrates how the bowler completely dismantled the Australian batting line-up.

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#2 – Mitchell Starc is a batsman now! Common, he has a satisfied average of 24 in test matches as a batsman. He can get reverse swing the ball as much as he can hit boundaries at ease. The left-arm-fast bowler played a very important knock and saved his team from further embarrassment. He played a responsible and unbeaten knock of 57* (58b, 4s x 5, 6s x 3) when the big names of Aussie batting got dismissed at cheap scores.  Starc came to crease after Wade’s dismissal at 190/6 but guided his team to get passed 250-run mark.

#1 – Ashwin is Astonishing: India’s ace off-spinner was bowling brilliantly. No doubt, his stamina to bowl long spell continuously without lacking any focus is truly admirable. His bowling spell of (34-10-59-2) kept the Aussie batsmen on their toes. He got good support from Ravindra Jadeja from the other end. Interestingly, Ashwin’s economy rate was just 1.74 RPO today. He also chipped in two important wickets of Renshaw and Captain Steven Smith when they were well-set.

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Brief Scorecard:

Australia: 256/9 at 94-Over (Renshwa 68, Starc 57*; Yadav 4 for 32, Ashwin 2 for 59)

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Atish Home Chowdhury is a freelance writer. sports are inseparable from him. He especially loves WWE, Cricket and other sports. It was long ago during his childhood he aimed to become a cricketer first but his creativity didn’t allow him to become a player. Instead he chose to be a sports journalist. This fulfills my aim both as a creative person as well as it keeps me inside the world of sports too.

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