Ravindra Jadeja, India’s star spinner, took seven wickets as India crushed Australia on Day 3 of the second Test. The match is part of the four-Test series for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium.
India had scored 262 in their first innings, trailing by one run. Australia started their second innings with a lead of 62 runs and one wicket down. But they collapsed to 113 all out, thanks to Jadeja’s career-best figures of 7/42 and Ashwin’s 3/59.
Jadeja, who had also taken five wickets in Nagpur Test, dismissed key batsmen like Labuschagne, Carey, Cummins and Lyon. This was his 12th five-wicket haul in Tests.
India need only 115 runs to win the match and take a 2-0 lead in the series. This would also boost their chances of reaching the final of the ICC World Test Championship 2021-23 cycle, which will be played at The Oval, London from June 7 to June 11. Australia are also in contention for a spot in the final, but they have lost their momentum after winning against West Indies and South Africa.
Australia will try to defend their low total and make it difficult for India on Day 4.