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WATCH: Marnus Labuschagne left distraught after Ravindra Jadeja hit the stumps

Marnus Labushen got out after scoring 31 runs© Twitter

The pitch at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore proved to be a boon for the spinners on the first day of the third Test between India and Australia. In the first session, India lost seven wickets with only 84 runs on the board after Matthew Kuhnmann and Nathan Lyon wreaked havoc on the hosts’ batting line-up. After lunch, India were bundled out for 109 with Kuhnmann and Lyon taking five and three wickets respectively. Later, Team India had a saving grace as their star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja removed Australia’s top batting order and gave his team a chance to make a comeback. Out of the four wickets taken by Jadeja, the dismissal of Marnus Labuschagne became the major highlight of the match.

In the 35th over, Labuschagne completely failed to judge a spinning delivery as the ball pitched low and hit the middle stump. The dismissal left the Australian batsman in disbelief as he was stunned by the brilliance of Jadeja’s spin. A distraught Labuschagne went back to the dugout and watched replays of his wicket.

With this, Jadeja broke the long 96-run partnership between Labushen and Usman Khawaja. This was the fourth time in the ongoing series that Labuschagne was removed by Jadeja. Earlier he was dismissed twice in Nagpur and in the first innings in Delhi.

Speaking of the match, the Indian batsmen’s long-standing struggle against spin was fully exposed before Australia applied themselves to rank turners to take control of the third Test on the opening day of the match in Indore on Wednesday. Did.

Left-arm spinner Matthew Kuhnmann (5/16) took his first five-wicket haul as Australia bundled out India for just 109 shortly after lunch on the first day. For India, Virat Kohli scored the highest 22 runs in 52 balls.

Having trailed the series 0-2, Australia looked strong in determination and purpose to end the day at 156 for four with a lead of 47 runs.

Ravindra Jadeja (4/63) took all four wickets for India, including that of stand-in captain Steve Smith (26 off 38) before the end of play.

(With PTI inputs)

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