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‘A disservice to the game of cricket’: Pitch for third Australia-India Test bagged after 14 wickets on day one

Even Indians are questioning if curators have gone too far in producing spin-friendly pitches against Australia in the Border-Gavaskar series.

On day one of the third Test in Delhi, 14 wickets tumbled, with all but one of them, a run-out, falling to spin.

The visitors came out on top after a chaotic opening day, going to stumps at 4-156, a lead of 47.

After captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and decided to bat, India were rolled for 109 on a minefield, where the ball spun sharp and kept low.

Nathan Lyon ripped a fierce, low-bouncing off-break into the stumps of India veteran Cheteshwar Pujara, to set in motion an extraordinary collapse.

India batting coach Vikram Rathour was pressed hard by local media about the state of the Indore pitch.

“First day of a Test match, the pitch did a lot more than we expected,” Rathour said.

“But, to be fair on the curators also, I think they hardly [had] time to prepare this wicket.

It was pretty late that it was decided that the game was shifted from Dharamshala to this venue, so I don’t think they [had] enough time to really prepare the wicket.

“As a team, we want to play on turning tracks. This is what our strength is as a team.

“So, it is challenging. You need to bat really well to score runs.”

Marnus Labuschagne was brought undone by a ball that skidded low and straight to hit the stumps — and he was not the only one.(Getty Images: Robert Cianflone)