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Australia suffers humiliating defeat in first Test as India win by innings and 132 runs

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (5/37) returned with a five wicket haul as India shot off Australia for 91 in 32.3 overs in their second innings just before tea.

Ravichandran Ashwin of India celebrates taking the wicket of Alex Carey of Australia during day one of the First Test match in the series between India and Australia at Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground on February 09, 2023 in Nagpur, India. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

By: Melvin Samuel

India thrashed Australia by innings and 132 runs inside three days in the opening Test to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series here on Saturday.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (5/37) returned with a five-wicket haul as India shot off Australia for 91 in 32.3 overs in their second innings just before tea. Australia conceded a massive first-innings lead of 223. This was Australia’s second-lowest total against India after 93 in Mumbai (2004).

Bowling a probing length, Ashwin ran through the Australian top order and annexed his 31st fifer in just his 10th over, before Ravindra Jadeja (2/34), Mohammed Shami (2/13) and Axar Patel (1/6) completed the formalities.

Earlier, Patel hit a career-best 84 (174 balls; 10x4s, 1×6) in an entertaining 52-run ninth-wicket partnership with Shami who was at his aggressive best in his 37 from 47 balls (2x4s, 3x6s).

In reply to Australia’s 177, India was bowled out for 400 at lunch on a turning Jamtha wicket.

The left-handed Patel, who was overnight 52, looked calm and was in control to give India a solid batting depth at No 9.

For Australia, debutant off-spinner Tod Murphy was the pick of their attack to return with impressive figures of 47-12-124-7.

Brief Scores: Australia 1st innings: 177 and 2nd innings: 91 all out in 32.3 overs (Ravichandran Ashwin 5/37).

India 1st innings: 400 all out in 139.3 overs (Rohit Sharma 120, Axar Patel 84, Ravindra Jadeja 70; Todd Murphy 7/124). India win by an innings and 132 runs.

(PTI)

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