IND vs AUS 2022-23, 1st Test: Rohit Sharma's 15th Test 50 allows India to trail by 100 at stumps on Day 1
IND vs AUS 2022-23: India finished Day 1 of the opening Nagpur Test against Australia on top across departments. While Ravindra Jadeja dominated with the ball, Rohit Sharma shone with the bat, thanks to his 15th Test half-century.
Team India has been on a roll in the longest format, and the side again displayed it on Day 1 of the opening Test against Australia for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Being played at the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium in Nagpur on Thursday, the hosts finished the day on top, dominating across departments. While leg-spinner Ravindra Jadeja rattled the visitors with the ball, skipper-cum-opener Rohit Sharma struck his 15th Test half-century to help his side finish the day on top.
After winning the toss and opting to bat, The Australians were restricted to a paltry total of 177. Besides Jadeja, veteran off-spinners Ravichandran Ashwin also bagged three wickets, while seamers Mohammed Siraj and Mohammed Shami also scalped a wicket each, dismantling the Aussies. Only four batters reached the double-figure mark for the visitors, while Marnus Labuschagne (49) was the top scorer.
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The Indians were off to a good start, with Rohit (56*) and KL Rahul (20) putting on a 76-run opening partnership before the latter was caught and bowled off the debuting off-spinner Todd Murphy. Ashwin came out as the night watchman, as he and Rohit batted out the final over of the day, with India being at 77/1 at stumps and trailing by 100 runs.
So far, Rohit has faced 69 deliveries, hitting nine fours and a six at a strike rate of 81.16. Four bowlers have been utilised for the Kangaroos, while pacer Scott Boland has also been economically practical. However, skipper-cum-pacer Pat Cummins was the most expensive of all, giving away 27 at 6.80 in just four overs.