India’s fast bowler Mohammed Siraj made good impressions with the ball ever since he made a Test debut against Australia. He announced his arrival in the longest format of the game in the Melbourne Test.
The right-arm fast bowler took 2 wickets in the first innings where he dismissed the likes of Marnus Labuschagne and Cameron Green. The pacer then followed it up with another 3 wickets in the second innings.
The 26-year-old fast bowler accounted for Travis Head, Cameron Green, and Nathan Lyon. He had a dream debut as he ended up with a total of 5 wickets in the second Test match. India won by 8 wickets to level the series.
Siraj drew plaudits from every nook and corner for the cricket fraternity for his impressive bowling show. The experts, analysts, commentators, and the fans praised the Hyderabad bowler for his subtle bowling variations of good line and length.
Siraj gets emotional during the national anthem
The fast bowler who impressed everyone on his debut match was once again picked by the Indian team management for the third Test match which is being played at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney.
Australia won the toss and decided to bat first. Ahead of the match, players of the respective teams assembled together for the national anthems. Meanwhile, the cameras were panned into Siraj. The fast bowler broke down during the national anthem as he was seen wiping away his tears. The video of the same went viral across social media platforms.
Australian openers namely David Warner and Will Pucovski walked out to bat with the hope to construct a big partnership. Indian bowlers bowled really well to mount early pressure on the hosts.
Siraj provided a sensational start to Team India by getting rid of dangerous David Warner. The left-handed batsman was earlier ruled out of the T20I series and the first two Tests due to an injury.
After regaining his fitness, Warner was finally back in the side to give his team a good start. After scoring just 5 runs, he fell prey to Siraj’s bowling early on in the innings.
The incident happened during the 3rd ball of the 4th over when Siraj bowled a tad wide which tempted the opener to play the shot. As it turned out, Warner got an inside edge and ended up finding Cheteshwar Pujara at the slip.
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Australia in complete command
The hosts are in the driver’s seat against the visitors on Day 1. The showers might have delayed the game for a while but the Aussies continued from where they left off. Despite losing Warner early on, Will Puckovski and Marnus Labuschagne added a 100-run stand for the second wicket.
Puckovski was dismissed leg before wicket off Navdeep Saini’s bowling on 62. Labuschagne scored a half-century whereas Steve Smith is looking good ever since he came out to bat.