India and Australia battle it out in the opening day of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, with Ravindra Jadeja taking
India took command of the first Test in Nagpur after dominating the first day of their series against Australia.
Australia was bowled for 177 on a shifting field shortly after tea, with spinner Ravindra Jadeja taking 5-47 in his injury comeback.
Prior to their collapse of 8-93 against India’s three spinners, the tourists had reached 84-2 thanks to a steady stand of 82 between Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith.
When Rohit Sharma, the captain, finished the day 56 not out, the hosts had increased to 77-1.
India victory bigger than Ashes, according to Smith
The top two teams in the rankings and World Test Championship standings are Australia and India, with India needing a 3-1 victory in the much awaited series to ensure qualification for the championship match at The Oval this summer.
Australia, who is now in first place, simply needs to draw one of the four Tests to secure their spot. They also hope to break India’s streak of 15 straight home series victories, which dates back to 2012.
In the first three overs, Usman Khawaja and David Warner were both bowled for one runs after falling to seamers Mohammed Siraj and Mohammed Shami, respectively.
Labuschagne and Smith then maintained Australia’s composure for the remainder of the morning session, putting their team in what appeared to be a respectable position.
But four overs after lunch, Labuschagne was stumped by Jadeja for 49, and the left-arm spinner then lbw caught Matt Renshaw for a first-ball duck.
With his 11th Test five-wicket haul, Jadeja, who had not represented India since August because to a knee injury, also sent Smith through the gate for 37.
The build-up to the game was dominated by talk over the pitch, which India has been accused of only watering and rolling particular portions of the wicket to produce a turning surface to favor their spinners. However, while eight wickets fell to spin, there was rarely much movement.
Ravichandran Ashwin, an off-spinner, recorded 3-42 wickets, including his 450th Test victory. Second only to Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, who claimed his 450th wicket in his 80th Test, he accomplished the feat in 88 games.
Australia’s bowling performance in their 24 overs allowed India to comfortably go to 76-0 when KL Rahul returned a catch to off-spinner Todd Murphy in the last over.