INDvAUS, 1st Test, Day 1: Renshaw, Starc fifties help Australia on a turner

Ravi Ashwin

Umesh Yadav combination of pace and reverse swing earned him four wickets on Day 1 of the INDvAUS, 1st Test in Pune as Australia managed 250 for 9 at stumps. The fast bowler consistency hit the right lengths early on and was menacing with his hint of reverse swing later on, as he finished with the figures of 4 for 32.

The fortunes of both sides swung back and forth on Day 1: Australia edged ahead courtesy an 82-run opening partnership between Warner and Renshaw. But the regular strikes from India dented Australia’s momentum as they slid down to 205 for 9. Then the Aussie pace ace, Mitchell Starc, led a fightback as he struck a blazing half century (57), which included 5 fours and 3 maximums, to put Australia on course once again.

A substantial contribution for Australia came from the bat of Matt Renshaw, the 20-year-old who is playing his first Test away from home. Renshaw showcased the right technique and skills to flourish on spin-friendly surfaces as he scored patient 68 from 156 balls. None of his fellow comrades managed to apply the survival techniques to counter the spin threat of Ashwin and Jadeja like he did.

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Ravi Ashwin‘s accuracy throughout the day induced several plays-and-misses and two wickets, while Jadeja also chipped in with two crucial wickets.

On a dry, sluggish track that is turning square, Australia wouldn’t be too displeased with their effort in the end. Especially considering that it will be India batting last on this wicket if the match goes that long.


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