Team India continued their dominance in Border-Gavaskar Trophy as they clinched 1st Test of the series in just two and a half days in Nagpur. The four-match Test series started with Indian spinners outplaying the quality Australian batters in both innings.
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While making a comeback in the international set-up after the five-month-long break, Ravindra Jadeja was once again at his best as he bagged seven wickets and played a match-defining knock of 70 runs in the 1st innings. R Ashwin was another Indian spinner who posed a tough challenge to the Australian batters as he picked up eight wickets in the match, including a five-wicket haul in 2nd innings. For Australians, debutant Todd Murphy was the only takeaway as the off-spinner took seven wickets in the match.
India had a win percentage of 58.93 heading into the series opener but after the win, it jumped to 61.67%. While Australia holds the top spot with 70.83 in the World Test Championship points table.
Team India still needs to win Border-Gavaskar Trophy with a 3-1 margin to set up its clash against Australia in the final. Behind India , Sri Lanka with a win percentage of 53.33, is currently placed in third position. while South Africa (48.27-win percentage) at the fourth position.
Talking about India vs Australia Test, Pat Cummins opted to bat first but the Indian bowlers proved his decision wrong as they kept taking wickets at regular intervals. Marnus Labuschagne (49 off 123), Steven Smith (37 off 107), Peter Handscomb (31 off 84) and Alex Carry (36 off 33) helped the visitors to somehow post 177 on board in the 1st innings.
In the second innings, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma made headlines for his incredible batting where he smashed his ninth Test century. Besides Rohit (120 off 212), Ravindra Jadeja (70 off 185), Axar Patel (84 off 174) and Md. Shami (37 off 47) batted beautifully and helped India post 400 runs on board.
This total was too much for the visitors in the second innings as Australia was bundled out at 91/10 in just 32.3 overs. Ashwin was the star performer here as the hosts registered a win with innings and 132 runs.
Let’s look at the updated WTC points table after India vs Australia, 1st Test:
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