Ravindra Jadeja was the star of the show when India saw Australia for 338 to make a strong comeback on Day 2 of the India vs. Australia 3rd test in Sydney.
Jadeja, who could only see three overs on the first day, orchestrated India’s comeback with the ball on Friday, picking up a fourth place for 62 points, the third best record in test cricket at home.
If that wasn’t enough, Jadeja showed off his worth as a three-dimensional cricketer to end Steve Smith’s brilliant innings. Jadeja was hit directly in the square leg to finish Smith’s 131 run knock. This also turned out to be Australia’s last turnstile.
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Smith wanted a double but chose a different defender. Jadeja was hit with a stump to aim.
Jadeja bowled two yokers in the second session. The first one cleans Pat Cummins for the ducks, and the next one puts Nathan Lyon in front again for the ducks.
Of course, the left arm rotator started to slide in the first session. Australia was cruising twice with Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith in 2016, when Jadeja got the outer edge from Labuschagne’s bat at the age of 91 and got stronger when Jadeja bounced off the length.
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A few times later Jadeja assaulted Matthew Wade trying to attack the Indian spinner by pulling the length as the left-handed rushed through the turnstile. Wade was dismissed for 13 years.
After Jadeja’s double strike in the morning, Jasprit Bumrah did the rest with a second new ball. Bumrah fired Cameron Green for 21 balls before lunch and after that cut Australian captain Tim Payne in half to clean one point.
Among all this, Steve Smith was Australia’s leading rock, hitting the 27th Testone. This was also the first example of an Australian hitter to record a century in this series. Smith shrugged the low score string by hitting 226 balls with 131 balls. This was also his 8 ton in tests with India.