The pitch at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore turned out to be a nightmare for the batters. But a paradise for the spinners as India loses 7 wickets in the first session on day one of the third Test against Australia. The pitch is experiencing so much a turn that has troubled most of the Indian batters till now.
Choosing to bat first after winning the toss, India lost the skipper Rohit Sharma at the of 27. Rohit failed to capitalize on the two lifelines he got in the very first over of the match. He got out after trying to hit Matthew Kuhnemann by stepping out of the crease, but the wicketkeeper Peter Handscomb did no mistake in collecting the ball and dropping the bails on time.
Australian spinners took charge
Shubman Gill, who got the chance ahead of KL Rahul, looked in pretty good touch, after scoring 21 runs off 18 balls, but he also got dismissed by Kuhnemann in the eighth over as he tries to play forward and the ball found the edge of the bat and was caught by the skipper Steve Smith at the slip. Cheteshwar Pujara was also got stunned by Nathan Lyon as he became a victim of a huge turn when he goes inside the crease and tried to play it through the offside but the ball stayed low and crashed into the middle stump. Ravindra Jadeja and Shreyas Iyer were also dismissed by Lyon and Kuhnemann respectively.
After that Virat Kohli and KS Bharat hold their nerves and tried to build the innings by adding 25 runs for the sixth wicket. But Kohli also got LBW by Todd Murphy after scoring 22 off 52. A Couple of overs later, Bharat also got out in the same way by Lyon. India were reduced to 82 for 7.
Currently, India are 84 for 7 after the first session with Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel at the crease. Lyon and Kuhnemann shared 3-3 wickets, while Murhpy took one big wicket of Kohli. Fans are not happy with the way the pitch has played till now. It seems like another Test match that will not last more than three days.
Let’s have a look how the Twitter reacted to India’s batting:
They made home advantage pitches which they can't play themselves only 🤣
— Coach 🇦🇺🏴🇿🇦🇳🇿 (@CoachDruvid) March 1, 2023
Coming batters be like pic.twitter.com/DPo5e2z7C9
— Prasun Jha (@jprasun21) March 1, 2023
Rohit said this pitch is different
Yes definitely definitely instead of 3 day match will only last 2 day
— Sahil (@kohlibhakt018) March 1, 2023
Another day 2
100 is a good score 😂😂😭😭
Rohit won the toss and decided low order to bat soon 🔥
— Juilius Sneezer (@itsmewhocares11) March 1, 2023
Missing him. Especially against Lyon pic.twitter.com/ro8IWSUnNh
— Surya Naulakha (@suryanaulakha) March 1, 2023
It so frustrating to watch these kind of pitches.
— pughazh (@pughazh84673540) March 1, 2023
2 and half days for this match…
and we waited for 10 days
— Ro-superhit🇮🇳 (@sachrohSachin06) March 1, 2023
KL Rahul may be thankful for not selecting on this pitch 😂😂
— akshaykhiste20 (@akshaykhiste20) March 1, 2023
— Gopinath Mishra (@Gopinat28727554) March 1, 2023
Unfortunate that India makes scared cricket pitches now
— Nachiket Kher (@NachiketKher) March 1, 2023