The Border Gavaskar Trophy series is heating up as India takes the early lead with a resounding victory in the first Test match! Australia was no match for the Indian cricket team, who steamrolled their opponents with an inning and 132-run triumph. This was a shocking blow to the Australian side and a massive triumph for the Indian team, who are determined to solidify their position at the top of the World Test Championship rankings.

The Indian cricket team has been in scintillating form lately and their dominant performance in the first Test match was a testament to their skill and unwavering determination. The Indian batting line-up was a force to be reckoned with, sending ball after ball flying to the boundary, while their spinners were relentless in their pursuit of wickets. The Australian team was simply unable to keep up with the Indian cricket juggernaut, and the result was a convincing victory for the visiting side. Let’s take a look at what went wrong for Australia. 

Australia’s Low First Inning Score and Jadeja’s Fifer 

The Border Gavaskar Trophy series opener between India and Australia was a match to remember, with India rising to the challenge and claiming victory in a thrilling battle. The Australian side got off to a shaky start, as Warner and Khawaja fell to the pavilion after scoring only 1 run each. The pressure was on for Australia, but Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith rose to the occasion with a scintillating partnership of 82 runs.

However, India’s Ravindra Jadeja had different plans, striking twice to dismiss Marnus and Matt Renshaw, leaving Australia in a precarious position at 4-84. The rest of the Australian batting lineup crumbled, with Peter Handscomb, Alex Carey and Steve Smith’s efforts not enough to keep the side afloat. The lower order contributed only seven runs, and Australia ended up with a low score of 177. Jadeja finished with a fifer, while Ashwin took three wickets, showcasing India’s dominance in the world of cricket.

Rohit Sharma’s Fantastic Ton and Jadeja, Axar Lead Team India to a big total. 

 In this First Test of Border Gavaskar Trophy,The second inning was a batting masterclass by the Indian side, led by the incredible Rohit Sharma, who hit a fantastic ton, scoring 120 runs with a strike rate of 56. He was well supported by Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel, who put on a decisive 88-run partnership to extend India’s lead. Australia’s bowlers were under pressure, but the Indian openers KL Rahul and Ashwin held their own, putting on a 76-run stand. Despite the loss of several key batsmen, including Pujara, Virat Kohli, Surya Kumar and Bharat, India finished the inning with a commanding lead of 223 runs, thanks to Rohit Sharma, Axar and Jadeja’s batting heroics.

Jadeja, who took a fifer in the first innings, proved his worth with the bat as well, scoring a defensive 70, while Axar Patel was outstanding, scoring 84 runs with ease. Mohammed Shami also chipped in with a helpful 37 runs. India’s batting display was a testament to their depth and strength in the Test format, and Australia had to bring their A-game if they wanted to overcome the deficit and win the match.

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Spin Attack Wraps up Australia Quickly 

The Australian batting line-up crumbled under the relentless attack from Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. With a massive lead of 223, the Australian openers once again failed to deliver as Ashwin sent them packing early on in the innings. Warner was dismissed LBW on 10, while Khawaja contributed a mere 5 runs before he was caught by Kohli after outside-edging a delivery straight to him. 

Labuschagne and Smith tried valiantly to save their team from a potentially embarrassing loss, but Labuschagne’s mistake of going back on the back foot proved fatal, as he was trapped and had to depart after scoring 17. The rest of the Australian team only managed to contribute 29 runs, with Steve Smith remaining the highest scorer of the innings with 25 not out. Ashwin’s mesmerizing spell left the Australian batting line-up spellbound, as he took 5 wickets. Shami and Jadeja contributed 2 wickets each, wrapping up the Australian innings quickly and decisively.

What Went Wrong For Australia in First Test of Border Gavaskar Trophy? 

The Border Gavaskar Trophy First Test proved to be a nightmare for Australian batsmans. Australian Batters were unable to develop partnerships, which resulted in low scores from them in both innings. Labuschagne, Smith and Renshaw got some good starts but were unable to convert those good starts into big innings. Both the opener’s failure to give a good start was also the main reason for their defeat. The Australian Team would need to look at these points and improve them in order to win the Border Gavaskar Trophy. 

  • DRS 

DRS made some astonishing decisions which resulted in India’s favour.

  • Failing to Capitalize on missed chances 

Dropped catches can have a big impact on the outcome of a match and give the batsmen another chance to score runs. In this case, Virat Kohli’s dropped catches provided Warner and Smith with a lifeline, but they were unable to capitalize on it and make a significant contribution to the Australian innings. 

Pitch In Nagpur

Australia were very worried about the spinny track in Nagpur for the first test of Border Gavaskar Trophy. Although Fox Cricket admin was so worried about Ashwin and spinny wickets that there was no tweet except the pitch and Ashwin. It was a mystery pitch where Australia were struggling to even defend the ball, on the other hand India were playing the ball with ease which raised many controversies across social media platforms. Australians are still very scared about Ashwin and the pitches and it can be clearly seen here in these tweets:

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