Bowlers put India in command on First Day of Boxing Day Test against Australia
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India responded brilliantly after their feeble show in the First Test match as they dismiss Australia on Day one of the Boxing day Test.
The visitors walked back on 36 runs for the loss of one wicket at stumps after they had bowled out their opponents for 195.
Tim Paine won the toss and opted to bat which would also have been the decision of his compatriot Rahane had he won the toss.
Australia came out to bat and the Indians were off to a perfect start as Joe Burns nicked a Jasprit Bumrah delivery straight to Rishabh Pant and walked back on a duck.
The MCG pitch was a far cry from the flat batting heaven it was in the 2018 Border-Gavaskar trophy with both seamers and spinners getting help from the track.
Matthew Wade tried to counter it by coming forward but could only slog the ball high in the air which was caught by Ravindra Jadeja, who almost collided with Shubman Gill but managed to hold on to the ball.
Ten balls later, Ashwin weaved his magic again and got Steve Smith out after he edged the ball to Pujara at leg slip and departed without scoring a run.
Australia were 38 for three before Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne steadied the ship.
However, even they were not confident in their strokeplay with both Head and Labuschagne playing shots that almost carried on to the fielder’s hand.
The Indians were desperate to get a breakthrough and it was Bumrah again who provided it after Head edged the ball to Rahane at fine gully.