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Indore pitch to host third India-Australia Test rated ‘poor’ by International Cricket Council

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Indore pitch to host third India-Australia Test rated ‘poor’ by ICC© AFP

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has declared the pitch used for the third Test between India and Australia in Indore as “substandard” under the ICC pitch and outfield monitoring process and as a result, the Holkar Stadium has received three demerit points. Are. The pitch received much criticism from experts due to uneven pace and bounce, with 30 wickets falling in just two days. Pitch conditions particularly favored spin from both sides with 26 of the 31 wickets falling during the match going to the spin bowlers. The decision was taken after a discussion between match referee Chris Broad and the two captains – India’s Rohit Sharma and Australia’s Steve Smith.

“The pitch, which was very dry, did not provide a balance between bat and ball in favor of the spinners right from the start. The fifth ball of the match broke through the surface of the pitch and continued to break the surface occasionally causing little or no seam movement and there was excessive and uneven bounce throughout the match,” said match referee Chris Broad discussing the condition of the pitch .

According to the ICC pitch and outfield monitoring procedure, any venue can face a suspension if it is given five or more demerit points by the cricket governing body over a rolling period of five years.

Australia made a strong comeback in the series to beat India by nine wickets at the Holkar Stadium here and reduce the four-Test series deficit to 1-2. With this victory, Australia has also qualified for the World Test Championship final.

Australian openers Usman Khawaja and Travis Head came out to bat, needing 76 runs to win. Ravichandran Ashwin got India off to a great start by dismissing Khawaja on the second ball of the day.

Then Marnus Labuschagne and Head batted sensibly. His defensive play meant that India could not get any further wickets, and once they were set they changed gears.

Travis Head started hitting fours and sixes as the visitors crossed the 50-run mark in 14.2 overs.

Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja failed to get the batsmen out and fast bowler Umesh Yadav was also included in the attack but he too failed to make an impact.

Labuschagne hit the winning run in 18.5 overs as Australia chased down the target. Head remained unbeaten on 49 while Labushen remained unbeaten on 28.

(With ANI inputs)

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