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IND vs AUS: Kuhnemann helps visitors bowl out India for 109 on rank turner


INDORE: Australia bowled out India for 109 in their first innings soon after lunch on the first day of the third Test Wednesday, with spinner Matthew Kuhnemann taking five wickets and Nathan Lyon three.

Virat Kohli top-scored in Indore with 22 followed by opener Shubman Gill, picked instead of the struggling KL Rahul, who made 21. Kuhnemann took 5-16 and Lyon 3-35.

Like the last two Tests, the pitch was expected to offer plenty of turn but the ball turning square in the first hour of play and the odd one keeping low came as a slight surprise.

Matthew Hayden on air called the black soil surface at the Holkar Stadium a day-three pitch and it sure behaved like one.

Three batters including skipper Rohit Sharma (12), Ravindra Jadeja (4) and Shreyas Iyer (0) perished while trying to attack.

Virat Kohli (22 off 52) looked assured in the middle before being trapped lbw by Todd Murphy towards the end of the session.

Winning the toss for the first time in the series, India expectedly decided to bat first. Shubman Gill replaced an out-of-form K L Rahul in the playing eleven while Umesh Yadav was brought in for the rested Mohammad Shami. Rahul has been struggling for runs and finally, Gill, who is in terrific form of late, got a chance.

Having regained match fitness, both Mitchell Starc and Cameron Green made Australia’s playing eleven. Starc’s first over to Rohit was among the highlights of the session.

Before the spinners ran through the Indian batting, Starc got the ball to swing giving the Indian skipper a tough time. Rohit got a faint outside edge on the very first ball he faced but Australia did not take a review. Three balls later, Starc got the ball to swing back in and it flicked Rohit’s pads. Ball tracking showed the ball would have hit the off stump but Australia decided against taking DRS again.

Gill faced Green from the other end and began his innings with an elegant cover drive.

Spin was introduced in the sixth over and Kuhnemman got the ball to turn sharply. In the last ball of the over, Rohit stepped out to play across the line and got beaten in the flight and Alex Carey made a clean stumping. Kuhnemann had Gill caught at first slip with the opener getting a thick outside edge while offering a forward defence.

Cheteshwar Pujara’s stay lasted only four balls as Lyon got one to turn massively from wide off stump that crashed into the middle stump. The ball kept a tad low as well and Pujara was found wanting on the back foot.  Jadeja’s fall made it 44 for four. After surviving a close DRS call, the southpaw went for the attack against Lyon and was caught at short extra cover. Kuhnemann got this third wicket of the morning when Iyer played an attempted cut onto his stumps and within the first hour of play, India had lost half their side.

Kohli and K S Bharat shared 26 runs for the sixth wicket and looked confident in the middle.

However, both departed towards the end of the session to end a rather forgettable for the hosts. Kohli was adjudged leg before off Murphy while trying to flick one that pitched on the off-stump and turned to hit the middle. Bharat, who slog-swept Murphy for a six, was out lbw to Lyon while offering a long defensive stride.

Brief Scores

India 1st Innings: 109 all out in 33.2 overs
(Virat Kohli 22; Matthew Kuhnemann 5/16, Nathan Lyon 3/35).