Indian spinner Ravindra Jadeja grabbed a five-wicket haul on his worldwide return as India dominated the opening day of the primary Test towards Australia on Thursday. Jadeja returned figures of 5-47 and fellow spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took three wickets to bowl out Australia for 177 within the remaining session on a turning Nagpur pitch. In reply, India have been 77 for one at stumps, with skipper Rohit Sharma on 56 and Ashwin, but to attain, on the crease. The hosts nonetheless path Australia by 100 runs. Rohit started by hitting three boundaries off Australian skipper Pat Cummins’ first over, and placed on 76 runs with opening companion KL Rahul, who made a laboured 20.
The Indian captain reached his fifty with a 4 off Nathan Lyon and remained sharp to see off the day’s play.
Rahul fell caught and bowled off debutant spinner Todd Murphy, who celebrated his first Test wicket.
Jadeja, a left-arm orthodox bowler who got here again into the Indian facet after a knee damage, stood out along with his guile, taking key wickets together with these of Marnus Labuschagne (49) and Steve Smith (37).
Both Australians had launched a fightback with their third-wicket 82-run stand after dropping openers Usman Khawaja and David Warner early within the day.
Peter Handscomb (31) and wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey (36) additionally placed on a partnership of 53 earlier than Ashwin ended Carey’s spell on the crease to file his 450th Test wicket.
Jadeja’s double strike on successive balls quickly after lunch rocked the vacationers as he despatched again Labuschagne after which trapped Matt Renshaw for a first-ball duck.
He later bowled Smith with a supply that went by his bat and pad.
Ashwin and Jadeja stored up the cost to get into the Australian tail when the vacationers took tea at 174-8, and added simply three runs within the remaining session.
Earlier, seamer Mohammed Siraj struck on his first ball to get Khawaja trapped lbw for one with a supply that swung in to the left-hander, after the vacationers elected to bat initially of the four-match sequence.
An attraction was turned down by the on-field umpire however India efficiently reviewed the choice.
Mohammed Shami raised the noise within the subsequent over when the seamer bowled the left-handed Warner for one.
Australia controversially ignored in-form left-hand batsman Travis Head, whereas India handed Test caps to Twenty20 sensation Suryakumar Yadav and wicketkeeper Srikar Bharat.
(This story has been edited by Mahaz News employees …)
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