India vs Australia 3rd Test Reaction - Where India went wrong on day 1
- Australia took the honours on day one of the 3rd Test against India
- A look at what went wrong for the hosts in Indore
India struggled on day 1 (Getty Images)
In the Indore Test, where the ball spun the most on Day 1 compared to the wickets in Nagpur and Delhi, Team India faltered in their all-round approach as the first two sessions belonged to Australia.
Opting to bat, captain Rohit Sharma found himself in the thick of things in the very first over. He snicked the first ball from veteran Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc, who replaced Pat Cummins in the playing XI, as it carried safely into the gloves off Alex Carey.
On-field umpire Nitin Menon gave the decision in favour of the batter and Australia refused to take a review. However, the replays showed a spike on the UltraEdge.
Moments later, in the fourth delivery the Indian captain got another chance as Australia didn't take a LBW review due to height, but the replays showed the ball hitting the stumps.
The first over set the tone for the match as Rohit looked under pressure. So much so that he tried to step out to Matthew Kuhnemann in the sixth over and was stumped.
And then, barring former India captain Virat Kohli, rest of the batters failed to show application against Australia's spin trio - Kuhnemann, Nathan Lyon and Todd Murphy as they fell like pack of cards.
A Rishabh Pant-like fearless approach to keep the spinners at bay completely lacked from the Team India batters.
The trio, more interestingly, picked up the right lengths to deceive the Indian batters with their spin. The delivery from Lyon in the ninth over of the Indian innings caught Cheteshwar Pujara by surprise as it kept low and spun a mile from outside off to crash into the middle stump.
Enter the trio of spinners for Team India. Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel had hunted in a pack during the first-two Tests to share 32 out of 40 wickets that had fallen for Australia amongst themselves.
But it hardly looked like the case on Day 1 as they failed to pick up the right areas time and again against a more defensive-looking Australian side.
That, however, was not the end of Team India's horrific day on the field. The hosts lost all their reviews inside the third session.
The first-two were lost in one over bowled by Jadeja which also led to a dramatic situation later in the day.
In the 11th over, Ashwin caught Marnus Labuschagne plumb in front of the stumps but after the on-field umpire ruled the decision in the batter's favour.
But the Indian captain denied wicket-keeper KS Bharat's request to take the review. However, Sharma regretted the decision after the ball-tracking showed the ball smashing into the off-stump.
The hosts' chances of booking a spot in the WTC 2021-23 final, in the Indore Test, now relies heavily on how they bounce back on Day 2 of the 3rd Test.
Australia are now 1.50 favourites with India 2.75 to recover and win this test. A drawn test is a 67.00 long shot.
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