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India v Australia 2022/23

‘Spin pitch boomerangs on India’ – Hosts suffer huge loss as proud home record crumbles on turner

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Australia defeated India by nine wickets in Indore, easily chasing down the target of 76 runs to bring the Border-Gavaskar Trophy scoreline to 2-1.

Trailing 0-2 in the series, the Steve Smith-led side took the early advantage after bowling out India for 109 in the first innings.

Without skipper Pat Cummins and David Warner, the visitors scripted a remarkable Test win, defeating India convincingly on a wicket that turned vociferously from day one. After winning the toss and batting first, the hosts were shot out for 109 and conceded an 88-run lead. India could only manage 163 in their second innings, with Nathan Lyon picking up 8-64 to turn the game in Australia’s favour.


Their chase of 76 got off to a rocky start when R Ashwin dismissed Usman Khawaja off just the second ball of the fourth innings, but they coasted along after that, reaching the target in 18.5 overs to hand India only their third Test defeat at home since 2013 in Tests.
Australia have now clinched a spot in the final of the World Test Championship, while India will need a win in the fourth game, at Ahmedabad, to confirm a berth.

India, who have been accused of being “complacent” during the Test by Matthew Hayden were undone by the rank-turner, as their batting skills and overall approach were under the scanner.


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