Sydney: Australia in the first innings two overs in 55 overs on Thursday, on the first day of the third cricket Test rain against India, thanks to the brilliant half-centuries of Marnus Labuschen (67 not out) and debutant Will Pukowski (62). Won 166 runs at the loss of wicket.
India’s fast bowler Mohammad Siraj and Test debutant fast bowler Navdeep Saini took one wicket each. Saini became the 299th Indian to make his debut and Pukowski was the 460th player to make his Australian debut.
Labushen scored an unbeaten 67 from 149 balls with the help of eight fours, while Pukowski faced 110 balls and scored 62 runs with the help of four fours. At the time of stumps, Labushen 62 and Steven Smith are at the crease by scoring 31 runs with the help of five brilliant fours in 64 balls. Smith batted strongly leaving behind the failure of the last two Tests and did not allow Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin to dominate himself. Returning opener David Warner was dismissed after scoring five runs after being ruled out for two Tests.
Australia captain Tim Paine won the toss and decided to bat first but Siraj caught Warner in the slip by Cheteshwar Pujara in the third ball of the fourth over of the innings to give the hosts the first blow on the score of six runs. Warner returned to the pavilion after scoring five runs in eight balls. Warner had scored four centuries and two half-centuries in the last five Tests at the Sydney ground, but this time he returned to the pavilion with just five runs.
Then Labushen, who came to bat at number three, supported Pukovski brilliantly, and both played slowly, taking the innings and pushing the team’s score forward. Meanwhile, intermittent rain caused the game to stop several times and only 55 overs were played on the first day.
Pukowski and Labushen shared a superb 100-run partnership for the second wicket. Fast bowler Navdeep Saini, who is making his Test debut for India, broke the partnership by lbw to Pukowski. Pukowski scored 62 runs with the help of four fours while facing 110 balls. Saini took his first Test wicket in his debut match and became the sixth bowler from India to dismiss the opposition team’s debutant.
Pukowski got life twice in the innings. For the first time, Pukowski’s easy catch on a personal score of 26 was left by wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant off Ashwin, while in the second time, Siraj’s ball on the score of 32 runs missed another opportunity to send Pukowski to the pavilion. Was overwhelmed. Pukowski took advantage of these two lives to complete a half-century in his debut Test.
After Pukowski’s dismissal, veteran batsman Steven Smith, who came in to bat at number four, appeared to be in excellent form and he began to make quick checks. Labushen and Smith combined to bring the Australian team’s score to 150. Meanwhile Labushen also completed his half-century. There has been an unbeaten partnership of 60 runs between the two batsmen.
None of the bowlers from the Indian side troubled the Australian batsmen much. Bumrah bowled three maiden overs in 14 overs but did not get any wickets. Siraj took one wicket for 46 runs in 14 overs. Ashwin bowled 17 overs but he too was not successful. Saini took one wicket for 32 runs in seven overs. Ashwin, who troubled Smith in the last two Tests, could not leave an impact on Smith so far.
Smith and Labushen are taking over the innings of the host team and are trying to lead the team to a strong score. If India has to prevent Australia from making a strong score then on the second day the Indian bowlers will have to do something amazing. Jasprit Bumrah has been unable to take any wickets for 30 runs in 14 overs, Ashwin 56 runs in 17 overs and Ravindra Jadeja for two runs in three overs while Siraj got one wicket for 46 runs in 14 overs and Saini one for 32 in seven overs. Got a wicket.