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Border- Gavaskar Trophy 3rd Test Match ( Last Innings)
March 30, 2017
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Australia started their 2nd Innings and was in trial by 152 runs. Australia started with Matt R and David W and India with Spin combo of R Ashwin and R jadeja.

Australia started very poorly and lost its 1st wicket very early on the team score of 17 runs in 5.1 over’s in the form of David W on the bowling of R Jadeja and then Nathan l was sent as Night watchman to safeguard the other batsman as only 2-3 over’s remaining in the 4th day of the Match. Nathan L was out bowled by R Jadeja on the team score of 23 runs and that marks the end of the 4th day of the match as well.

On the 5th day Australia was in trouble as they were still under trial by 129 runs and with only 8 wickets in hand. In the 1st session of the 5th Day, India managed to take both the wickets of Matt R and Aussie Skipper S Smith Cheaply and Aussies were in trouble as they were reduced to only 63 runs at the loss of 4 wickets.

But destiny has something other in the store as both Peter H and S Marsh batted very defensively and safely to negate any more wickets to India and put Australia out of danger of losing this test match. India do managed to get the wicket S Marsh at the Aussie team score of 187 runs but at that time it was all too late and also wicket of Glen M on score of 190 runs but it was all too late.

Australia managed to score 204 runs in 100 over’s at the loss of 6 wickets and the Bottom line of the match is, match ends in a Draw and C pujara was the Man of the match for his great batting.

Writers Analysis:  India was closer to win this match but it was very great batting of Peter H and S Marsh who negate any more wickets to India and that has resulted in drawing this test match.

Border- Gavaskar Trophy 3rd Test Match ( 3rd Innings)
March 30, 2017
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Australia posted total 451runs in its 1st Innings and this means India needs to bat very well so that they don’t concede any lead to Australia in this 3rd test Match.

India started with pair of K L Rahul and M Vijay and Australia with pace bowlers Pat C and Josh H.

India started very well and was off to a very nice start and did not lose any wicket till score of 90 runs. India lost its 1st wicket in the form of K L Rahul on team score of 91 runs in 31.2 over’s on the bowling of Pat C. After that India batted well but lost some wickets in hurry to put themselves in difficult situation at score of 328 runs and at the loss of 6 wickets and it was looking like that India will concede a Big lead to Australia but Indian wicket keeper Batsman W Saha and C Pujara batted defensively and so very well to negate any lead to Australia and was able to put total of 603 runs in 210 over’s at the loss of 9 wickets, so India declared their Innings at score of 603 and are now with lead of 152 runs which will surely prove handy. For India C Pujara Top scored with 202 runs in 525 balls with 21 fours and W Saha made 117 runs in 233 balls with 8 fours and 1 six and other contributors were M Vijay who made 82 runs in 183 balls with 10 fours and 1 six, K L Rahul with 67 runs in 102 balls with 9 fours and in the lower Middle order R jadeja made unbeaten 54 runs in 55 balls with 5 fours and 2 six at the strike rate of 98 runs in 100 balls faced.

For Australia Pat C was the pick of bowlers with 4 wickets by conceding 106 runs in his 39 over’s and S O Kefee who took 3 wickets by giving away 199 runs in 77 over’s. Other two wickets were taken by Josh H and Nathan L.

Writers Analysis:  India was down and in trouble but it’s the batting and adaptability of C Pujara and W Saha that put India back in the game and are now in winning condition as well. On the other hand Australia will surely be very disappointed that they let go the chance of bowling out India cheaply as at one Time it was looking like that India will concede a very big lead to Australia but India kept their nerves and were able to post a very Nice total of 603 runs and now have a big lead as well, Australia are in trial by 152 runs and now it’s their turn to feel the pressure as Pitch has started to deteriorate and will assist the spinners more and with 4 sessions left in the game, only 2 results are possible now. Either it will be a Draw test match or will be won by India, so India is no danger to lose this match and can put more and more pressure on Aussie batsmen to bowl them out and took lead of 2-0.

 

Border- Gavaskar Trophy 3rd Test Match ( 1st Innings)
March 30, 2017
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Australia won the toss and decided to bat first in the 3rd and crucial test mach of the Border Gavaskar Trophy.

Australia started the Innings with Matt R and David W and India started bowling with Pace Bowlers I Sharma and U Yadav. Australia started very aggressively and India kept dropping easy catches in the slip cotton. Australia batted superbly well in the 1st Innings of the match and post total of 451 runs in 137.3 over’s at the loss of 10 wickets with top scores of Aussie Skipper S Smith who made 178 runs in 361 balls with 17 fours and strike rate of 49 runs in 100 balls faced, Glen M on his comeback to Aussie team made 104 runs in 185 balls with 9 fours and 2 sixes at the strike rate of 56 runs in 100 balls faced. Other contributors were Matt R who made 44 runs in 69 balls with 7 fours and Aussie wicket keeper batsman M Wade who made 37 runs in 50 balls with 6 fours.

For India R Jadeja was the pick of the bowlers with 5 wickets by conceding 124 runs in his 49.3 over’s, U Yadav chipped in with 3 wickets by giving away only 106 runs in 31 over’s and R Ashwin took 1 wicket by conceding 114 runs in 34 over’s and Josh H was out Run out by the combo of K L Rahul and R Jadeja.

Writers Analysis:  At one time Australia was in trouble when it lost its 4 wickets at the team score of 140 runs but it’s the partnership of S Smith and Glen M that took Australia pass to a very good score. If India could have managed to get Glen M or even S Smith cheaply, that would have helped India a lot. This total was going to be very challenging for India’s team and they need to bat properly to avoid conceding any more lead to Australia in this crucial Test match.

Border- Gavaskar Trophy 3rd Test Match ( Pre Start)
March 30, 2017
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India managed to win the 2nd Test match of Border Gavaskar trophy by a Good margin to level the series 1-1 with 2 more games to play and with that win the series is now wide open and both teams have equal chance to win the series and take lead firstly by winning the 3rd Test Match.

The 3rd Test match of the Border Gavaskar trophy was played on JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi, India from 16th to 20th March.

This is how Australian team and 11 was looking like in this 3rd Test Match: Shaun Marsh, Matthew Wade (wk), David Warner, Steve O’Keefe, Steven Smith (c), Josh Hazlewood, Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Matt Renshaw

And Indian team and 11 was looking like this in this Test match: Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Murali Vijay, Umesh Yadav, Karun Nair, Lokesh Rahul

Team News: Australian team hampered by some unavoidable changes in the team as their pace spare head M Stark is injured and was sent back to Australia and his replacement Pat C is  included in the team and M Marsh also got injured and sent back to Australia and on his place Glen M is included in the Lineup. For India, M Vijay is declared fit to play so he’s in playing 11 and A Mukund is out of the team.

Writers Analysis: India would be pleased to see M Stark out of the team as he alone can make India pay on a given day and Australia will surely miss his pace and his all around abilities with bat and in the field as well and Injury to M Marsh is also very terrible, it will give an opportunity to Glen M to prove his worth and make his way in the Aussie Team as well and also he can bowl a bit of slow off spin as well, so it will give Australia another spin bowling option.

Border- Gavaskar Trophy 2nd Test Match ( 4th Innings)
March 30, 2017
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Australia only needs to get 190 runs in their 2nd Innings to win this 2nd Test match and take lead of 2-0 lead in the series.

Australia started with David W and Matt R and India with Spin and fast combination of I Sharma and R Ashwin. Surprisingly India started well and took Aussies 1st wicket on the score of 22 runs in the form of Matt R on the bowling of I Sharma. After that Aussie Skipper batted well and played some very good shorts but other Aussie batsman were troubled by the Indian bowlers and mostly by R Ashwin.

Australia kept losing wickets at regular intervals in the 2nd Innings and was only able to make 112 runs in 35.4 and lost all their 10 wickets and game as well by 75 runs. India team was well delighted with their performance and why not they have bowled very well and this win has put India back in this series. For Australia Skipper S Smith Top scored with 28 runs in 48 balls with 3 fours and Peter H made 24 runs in 67 balls with 2 fours.

For India R Ashwin was the pick of the bowler and other bowlers chipped in as well, R Ashwin took 6 wickets by giving away only 41 runs in 12.4 over’s and U Yadav took 2 crucial wickets as well by conceding 30 runs in 9 over’s and other 2 wickets were shared between I Sharma and R Jadeja.

The Bottom line of the Test match was, India won the match by 75 runs and K L Rahul was the Man of the Match for his great batting in both Innings of the Match.

Writers Analysis:  India won the match by applying themselves properly in the 2nd and most crucial innings of the match. This win will help in boosting India’s morale for the rest of the series and now the other 2 remaining games will be worth watching as both teams will try to take lead in the 3rd Test match.

Border- Gavaskar Trophy 2nd Test Match ( 3rd Innings)
March 30, 2017
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India was behind by 85 runs as per the total scored by Australia in their 1st Innings of the match.

India needed to bat well in their 2nd innings to have any chance of winning this match and having any hopes of winning this series. India started with K L Rahul and A Mukund.

India started well but lost the wicket of A Mukund on the teams score of 39 runs in 10.4 over’s on the bowling of Josh H. India batted a bit better then 1st Innings and was able to make total of 274 runs in 97.1 over’s at the loss of all 10 wickets and with top scores of C Pujara who made 92 runs in 221 balls with 7 fours and strike rate of 42 runs in 100 balls faced, A Rahane made 52 runs in 134 balls with 4 fours and K L Rahul made 51 runs in 85 balls with 4 fours and strike rate of 60 runs in 100 balls.

This means Australia needs to get only 190 runs to win this 2nd Test match to get 2-0 lead in this 4 Match test series.

For Australia Josh H took 6 wickets by conceding only 67 runs in 24 over’s and S O Kefee took 2 wickets by giving away 36 runs in 21.1 over’s and M Stark took the remaining 2 wickets by only conceding 74 runs in 16 over’s.

Writers Analysis:  This batting performance of India and Bowling Performance of Australia put them in commanding position in this game and a golden chance for Aussies to won this match and take lead of 2-0 in this 4 match test series which will also means that the Border Gavaskar trophy will be with them even if India went to won the both remaining 2 test matches. For India, they need to bowl very well and took al catches and create more opportunities to take wickets and stop the flow of runs as well.

Border- Gavaskar Trophy 2nd Test Match ( 2nd Innings)
March 30, 2017
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India only able to make 189 runs their first innings and that gives opportunity to Australia to take a good lead in their first innings.

Australia started with David W and Matt R and India with I Sharma and U Yadav.

Australia started well and briskly with David W playing shots at will until he was dismissed by and out bowled by R Ashwin on the team score of 52 runs in 21.1 over’s. Though Australia as well kept losing wickets at regular intervals in the 1st Innings but still they were able to make total of 274 runs at the loss of all 10 wickets in 122.4 over’s and with top scores of S Marsh who made 66 runs in 197 balls with 4 fours and Matt R who made 60 runs in 196 balls with 5 fours and 1 six at the strike rate of 31 runs in 100 balls. Also Aussie wicket keeper M Wade contributed 40 runs in 113 balls with 4 fours and M Stark made 26 runs in 52 balls with 5 fours.

For India R Jadeja was the pick of the bowlers as he took 6 wickets by only conceding 63 runs in his 21.4 over’s and R Ashwin took 2 wickets by giving away only 84 runs in his 49 over’s. Other 2 wickets were shared between pace Bowlers I Sharma and U Yadav.

Writers Analysis: India did well to wrap the Aussie innings early but with the help and knocks of Both M Wade and M Stark Australia ended their 1st Innings with lead of 85 runs. Lead of 85 runs can provide crucial in the result of the match but India now should try to bat well in their 2nd Innings and should try to get themselves out of this trial of 85 runs as soon as possible at the loss of max 2 if not more wicket, So that they can set a good target for Australia in the 2nd Innings.

Border- Gavaskar Trophy 2nd Test Match ( 1st Innings)
March 30, 2017
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India won the toss in the 2nd test match against Australia in the Border Gavaskar Trophy. India started with K L Rahul and A Mukund.

India started poorly again and lost the wicket of A Mukund who was out on Duck or Zero score on the bowling of M Stark at the team score of 11 runs in 2.5 over’s. This dismissal makes way for C Pujara to bat along with K L Rahul to provide India a Good start in this 2nd Test Match. Even C pujara was unsuccessful and India kept losing wickets at regular intervals in the game and was only able to make 189 runs at the loss of all 10 wickets in 71.2 over’s. And top scores of K L Rahul who made 90 runs in 205 balls with 9 fours and strike rate of 44 runs in 100 balls faced and only K Nair was the only one with 26 runs in 39 balls with 3 fours.

For Australia Nathan L was the Pick of bowlers who picked 8 wickets by only conceding 50 runs in his 22.2 over’s and other 2 wickets were shared by his fellow spinner S O Kefee and pace bowler M Stark. By dismissing India at such a low score, Australia now has opportunity to win this match and even series as well.

Writers Analysis:  India started and batted very poorly and that has put India in a very difficult situation in the game now, If Aussies be able to score a good score in their 1st innings then it may be a another lose for India and will lose the chance to win this series as well. India needs to bowl very well and should try to bowl Australia out on a lesser score. Indian spinners R Ashwin and R Jadeja needs to chip in this time to give India any chance and pace bowlers I Sharma and U Yadav should also try to bowl in good areas and try to stop the flow of runs from other end.

Border- Gavaskar Trophy 2nd Test Match ( Pre Start)
March 30, 2017
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India was 1-0 down in the Border Gavaskar trophy played between India and Australia as Australia beat India comprehensively in the 1st Test Match played at Pune. India will try to won the 2nd Test to get level in the 4 match test series as they cannot afford another defeat at the hands of Aussies.

The 2nd Test match was played on M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, India between 4th to 8th March. Indian team and 11 was looking like this in the 2nd Test match: Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Abhinav Mukund, Umesh Yadav, Karun Nair, Lokesh Rahul.

Team news was not good as M Vijay was out of the match as he was injured and Abhinav Mukund makes his way in the team as other opening batsman along with K L Rahul.

Australian team and 11 was looking like this in this 2nd Test Match: Shaun Marsh, Matthew Wade (wk), David Warner, Steve O Keefe, Steven Smith (c), Mitchell Marsh, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Peter Handscomb, Matt Renshaw.

India needed to win this match desperately to have any chance of winning this 4 Match test series.

India won the toss and decided to bat first.

India started the innings with K L Rahul and A Mukund who was making his debut for India. And for Australia Pace bowlers, M Stark and Josh H started the proceedings.

Pitch Report: Pitch was expected to play well and as obvious will give more help and assistance to spin bowlers and will help fast bowlers to bowl Reverse Swing as well when the ball gets a bit old may be after 20 or 30 over’s.

Writers Analysis:  India did well to win the toss and decided to bat first but exclusion of M Vijay will hurt India, though A Mukund is also a very decent top order batsman. I think India missed a trick here, they should have gone with 3 spinners here either with 5 bowlers or even 4 bowlers as we mostly see R Ashwin with the new ball many a times started the proceedings for India.

Border- Gavaskar Trophy 1st Test Match ( 4th and Last Innings)
March 29, 2017
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In the 2nd Innings of Indian team which is effectively the 4th Innings of this match, India was required to target 441 runs to won the 1st test match against Australia in the Border Gavaskar Trophy. This totally was quite hard to target as the pitch is assisting to both spin and pace bowlers and it’s a very big total to chase. India have their backs towards the walls to chase this target and draw is not a possibility as still many over’s left in the game.

India started with M Vijay and K L Rahul and Aussies with M Stark and Nathan L. India started poorly and lost both its openers at the team score of only 16 runs in 5.3 over’s. India kept losing wickets at regular intervals in the game and was bowled out for only 107 runs in 33.5 over’s at the loss of all 10 wickets and with top scores by C Pujara who made 31 runs in 58 balls with 2 fours and A Rahane who made18 runs in 21 balls with 3 fours. For Australia Spinner S O Kefee took 6 wickets by conceding only 35 runs in his 15 over’s and other spinner Nathan L took remaining 4 wickets by only conceding 53 runs in his 14.5 over’s.

The Bottom Line of the Match is Australia won the match by 333 runs and are now 1-0 ahead in this 4 Match Test series with 3 more games still to play. S O Kefee was the man of the match for his Great spin bowling.

Writers Analysis: Australia beat India by a very big margin of 333 runs to take lead of 1-0 in the series and it is always good for a visiting team to have a early lead in the series which can surely help Australia in winning the Test series here in India after many years. The main reason for Australia’s win here is that Australia came here fully prepared and have applied their plans very well.