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09-Feb-2023 15:53:00 GMT
Ind vs Aus - 1st Test, Nagpur, day 1

Jadeja and Rohit puts India in comfortable position

India 77 for 1 (Rohit 56*, Murphy 1-13) trail Australia 177 (Labuschagne 49, Jadeja 5-47, Ashwin 3-42) by 100 runs

Nagpur: After Ravindra Jadeja's five-wicket haul helped India bundled out Australia for 177, captain Rohit Sharma's unbeaten 56 put hosts in a dominant position against visitors at the end of Day 1 in the first Test match of Border-Gavaskar Trophy at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium on Thursday.

India's score read 77/1 at stumps on Day 1, with Rohit Sharma (56) and Ravichandran Ashwin (0) unbeaten at the crease. The hosts still trail by 100 runs.

Resuming the day after the tea break, Indian bowlers wreaked havoc on the Australian batters as Jadeja bagged five wickets haul while Ravichandran Ashwin scalped three wickets to bundle out visitors for 177.

Indian skipper Rohit Sharma made a statement to begin his side's innings with a boundary on the bowling of Australia captain Pat Cummins, before hitting another two fours in the over and giving the strike to KL Rahul. 13 runs came off the first over.

The duo of Rohit and Rahul gave India a solid start as the India captain slammed Australian bowlers for quick boundaries at regular intervals.

After a sublime four off Lyon's delivery, Rohit brought up his half-century in 66 balls. Rohit was on the front foot from the start and followed his 50 with another boundary.

In the 23rd over, Todd Murphy provided Australia with a breakthrough as he broke the partnership of 76 runs in 138 balls between Rohit and Rahul.

Ashwin was promoted to bat at number three and walked out as the nightwatchman with 7 balls left in the day.

Earlier in the day, Indian bowlers clawed back as Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin rattled Australia in the second session on Day 1.

At the tea break, Australia's score read 174/8, with Peter Handscomb (29) and Nathan Lyon (0) unbeaten at the crease.

Resuming the second session at 76/2, Ravindra Jadeja's back-to-back strikes after lunch dented Australia's progress.

Jadeja did not waste any time as he struck soon after lunch, and KS Bharat got his first stumping in Test cricket. Ravindra Jadeja bagged back-to-back wickets as he removed Marnus Labuschagne, the Australia batter fell one run short of his 15th Test fifty.

Matt Renshaw then fell prey to Jadeja as he was trapped by a duck.

However, Steve Smith kept on scoring runs at a brisk pace. Smith slammed Axar Patel for 12 runs featuring three beautiful fours.

Jadeja then delivered a stunner straight ball and rattled through Smith's stumps, claiming his third wicket of the match. Smith went back to the pavilion after scoring 37 runs in 107 deliveries, leaving Australia tottering at 109/5.

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