‘Madness…’: Steve Smith explains how the Delhi and Ahmedabad Tests differ
After his team’s loss to India, Australian skipper Steve Smith said the wicket was too flat in Ahmedabad and to get results, his team started playing better cricket as the series went on. Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne scored half-centuries to help Australia win the fourth and final Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against India at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Monday. “It ended slowly. There was a nice apartment in the back. The boys had a great time. The hospitality was amazing. The crowd was shocked. We started playing better and better. series was going on. An hour of madness in Delhi cost us this game. The wicket here was too flat, we can’t get results. The spinners played very well. Murphy and Kuneman played it cool. Lyon got the win, the best performance in the first innings here, the best I’ve ever seen him play. I’m a bit old (he was asked if he would tour India after four years),” Smith said during the post-match presentation.
This Border-Gavaskar trophy was not overwhelming for Smith. In four games and seven innings, he managed to score 145 runs at an average of 29.00. His personal best in the series was 38.
India thus won the four-match Test series 2-1.
Australia started the final day of the match 3/0 with Matt Kuneman (0*) and Travis Head (3*) remaining unbeaten. They were responsible for overturning India’s 88-run lead in the match.
After Ravichandran trapped Ashwin Kunemann for just 6 early, Head connected with Test number one Marnus Labuschagne to put Australia ahead.
The duo put on 139 for the second wicket while Axar scored 90. Labuschagne scored an unbeaten 63 and helped the side draw with substitute captain Steve Smith (10*) and finish his innings at 175/2. .
Earlier, India led Australia by 91 runs and scored 571 in the first innings.
Virat Kohli ended his century drought in Test cricket, marking his 75th international century and 28th century in Tests. It was his first century in Tests since November 2019. He scored 186 runs off 364 balls with 15 fours during the marathon.
Shubman Gill also scored a century with 128 runs off 235 balls. Axar (79), KS Bharat (44) and Cheteshwar Pujara (42) also played important knocks that put India ahead of Australia.
Todd Murphy (3/113) and Nathan Lyon (3/151) were the pick of the bowlers for Australia. Mitchell Starc and Matt Kunnemann took a wicket each. Driving in Australia.
Australia scored 480 runs in the first innings. Usman Khawaja (180) and Cameron Greene (114) posted brilliant performances to help the Aussies to a huge lead early in the game.
Ravichandran Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers, taking 6/91 where he didn’t help the spinners.
Virat Kohli was named Man of the Match for his 186 runs.
India’s star all-round duo Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja bagged the Man of the Series award for their heroics in the series.
Ashwin finished as the top wicket-taker of the series with 25 wickets with best bowling figures of 6/91. He also scored 86 runs, a game-high 37, in five innings in the entire series.
Jadeja was also the second highest wicket taker in the series with a total of 22 scalps and best figures of 7/42. He also scored 135 runs in five innings with a half-century and a game-high 70.
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