IND vs AUS: India’s top-order crumbles as Matthew Kuhnemann and Nathan Lyon spin a web in Indore Test
Border-Gavaskar Trophy: India’s top-order crumbled like a pack of cards as Matthew Kuhnemann and Nathan Lyon spun a web on Day 1 of the Indore Test.
IND vs AUS: India’s top-order crumbles as Kuhnemann and Lyon spin a web in Indore (AP Photo)
By India Today Web Desk: Australia’s spin duo of Matthew Kuhnemann and Nathan Lyon ripped through India’s top-order batting in the morning session on Day 1 of the ongoing Indore Test.
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India were reeling at 58 for 5 at the time of writing this article after opting to bat first in the third Test at Holkar Stadium with Virat Kohli and KS Bharat out in the middle. Matt Kuhnemann dismissed both openers Rohit Sharma (12), Shubman Gill (21) and middle-order batter Shreyas (0), while Nathan Lyon got rid of Cheteshwar Pujara (1) and Ravindra Jadeja (9).
“We will have a bat first. It is a pretty good dressing room and like you said the morale is high. The guys are confident about their skills which is a good thing moving forward. We have played a lot of cricket (here) but this one (surface) is slightly different. Looks a little dry and you have to adapt your skills and be at it all the time. We are there yet (WTC final) and we have to come and win this game, we have to try and repeat the things we did in the first two Tests. It is important to stay present. We have made two changes – Gill comes in place of KL. We have rested Shami and Umesh comes in,” Rohit said after winning the toss.
“Looks pretty dry and no surprise Rohit decided to bat first. Hopefully, we can execute our skills early and out the Indian batters under pressure. It (break) came in at a good time for us, obviously disappointing how we ended the last Test match and the guys have had time to reflect, rest and get back into preparation. Just stick to our methods for longer periods, we went away from it, especially in the second innings of the last game,” Steve Smith said during the toss.