Matthew Hayden, IND vs AUS: As Matthew Hayden saw the tremendous turn the Indore pitch was producing, the veteran Australian opener went on a rage about the spinning conditions while he was on the air.
India is currently playing Australia in the third Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at Indore’s Holkar Stadium. With two wins in a row, India has now taken a 2-0 lead in the series.
After winning the first two games comfortably, Rohit Sharma and company entered the third game hoping to secure the series and ensure their place in the World Test Championship finals. However, fate had other intentions.
“Look at the average turn here. This is why I have a problem with these conditions, because there’s no way in the world that a spin bowler would come on the 6th over. No way!” Matthew Hayden said.
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IND vs AUS: Ravi Shastri’s response to Matthew Hayden’s remark wins the heart
Matthew Hayden appeared to be agitated by the pitch and excess turn that was being provided to the spinners. It’s not the first time he has targeted the pitch conditions.
Matthew Hayden went on to say that the pitch should be made in such a way that batters receive a chance over the first two days of the game. Virat Kohli was the highest scorer for Team India with 22 runs.
Ravi Shastri, Matthew Hayden’s co-commentator in the game, responded to the Aussie commentator with two words – “Home Situation. A good collaboration can make a difference.”
In the first session of the first Test in Nagpur, the ball turned 2.5 degrees for the spinners on average. Whereas it was 3.8 degrees in New Delhi. However, it turned 4.8 degrees at Indore.
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IND vs AUS: India bundles out for 109 runs on the first day of the third test
Australia have their finest day of the series on the back of a maiden Test five-wicket haul from Matthew Kuhnemann. Usman Khawaja scored a spectacular 60 to put the visitors comfortably in control at the completion of day one.
Kuhnemann performed brilliantly through India’s batting after winning the toss, taking 5 for 16 in a superb spell. Nathan Lyon took three wickets, while Todd Murphy took the crucial wicket of Virat Kohli.
After India was dismissed for 109, Khawaja and Marnus Labuschagne put up a 96-run stand to put Australia ahead. Before going out, Khawaja appeared to be comfortable on a tricky pitch.
India’s bowlers struggled to pin down Australia’s batters, with Ravindra Jadeja the only bowler to regularly cause trouble, taking all four wickets. Australia ends day 1 of the third day on 156-4.
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