The debutant Kuldeep Yadav put up a memorable show on the first day of the decisive Test in Dharamsala, as Australia were restricted to a below-par score of 300 in their first innings. The left-arm wrist spinner weaved his magic in a stunning session of play, as he picked up wickets of David Warner, Peter Handscomb and Glenn Maxwell to change the theme of the day.
After having won the toss and elected of bat first, Steven Smith’s men had cruised to 131 for 1 at lunch interval to comfortably win the first session of play. But Australia took no time in consuming their rest of the wickets for just 169 to be all out on 300 in 88.3 overs, just minutes before stumps.
Yadav, who had come into the side in place of Virat Kohli, maintained immaculate line and length and was clever enough to use his varieties, as he returned figures of 4 for 68.
Steven Smith (111) was once again the standout player for Australia with another magnificent hundred — his third in the series and 20th overall in Tests — but could not find any support from any other player, except Mathew Wade who played sensibly for his 57, as wickets fell one after another.
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