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Border- Gavaskar Trophy 3rd Test Match ( 1st Innings)

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.

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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.

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