India defeated Australia by an innings and 132 runs in the inaugural Test match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium in Nagpur. Following this tremendous victory, India has grabbed a 1-0 lead and is sure of winning the series and securing a position in the World Test Championship (WTC) final.
Ravindra Jadeja returned to the pavilion early on day three of the tournament after scoring a vital 70 runs. The hosts, though, were undaunted by the veteran’s dismissal, as Axar Patel (84 runs) and Mohammed Shami (37 runs) proceeded to attack the Australian bowlers. At 400, India lost their last wicket, leaving Australia with a massive job ahead of them.
Following the first innings, India had established a commanding lead of more than 200 runs. To stay in the game, Pat Cummins and his team needed to put up an amazing performance against Indian bowlers in the second innings. Nevertheless, it was not possible as the Indian bowlers folded the Baggy Greens with 91 runs on the board.
Australia had their lowest Test total against India in India with this score. Ravichandran Ashwin, who was supposed to be dangerous against the visitors, was the major wrecker. The 36-year-old smashed Australia’s top order with his considerable experience and amazing ability.
Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Matthew Renshaw, Peter Handscomb, and Alex Carey were all bowled out in his 12-over stint. Apart from him, Ravindra Jadeja emerged as a threat, taking two wickets, one of which was dangerous Marnus Labuschagne.
Even after incorporating the first Test against Australia, the Indian squad is still ranked second in the points system. Rohit Sharma and his team, on the other hand, have 111 points and a victory percentage of 61.67. Australia continues to lead the standings with 136 points and a win percentage of 70.83. But, if Australia fails to win or draw on this trip, Sri Lanka’s chances of reaching the final would increase.