Washington Sundar who is better known for his tight spell in the powerplay of T20 and earn applause from around the world during the previous season of the Indian Premier League in 2020, is made his Test debut in the ongoing Ind vs. Aus 2020-21 Test series. He becomes the 3rd youngest to represent India in Test and becomes 301st player to play Test cricket for India. Luckily he got his maiden Test wicket in the form of Steve Smith who was looking dangerous and once again looking for a big score.
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Ind vs Aus 2020-21: Watch how Washington Sundar picked the key wicket
Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne once again added 50+ partnership to resurrect Australia’s innings and both looking for big scores. However, Sunder got a big wicket in the form of Steve Smith. Washington Sundar started his day with three maidens in trot. Smith chipped the ball towards the mid-wicket where Rohit Sharma was fielding.
He conceded 63 runs and took one wicket in his 22 overs on Day one. After the Day’s play end, Sunder shared his thoughts on today’s play through virtual press conference. A clip is posted by BCCI in which he said
“I am very happy that I got Steve Smith out. Yes, felt good today while bowling for India, and the first wicket felt really good”.
He also praised Natarajan and said, “I think Nattu (Natarajan) bowled really well today, he brought us back into the game. Wade and Labuschagne had a 120-odd partnership going, and he took both of them out”.
Ind vs Aus 2020-21: Summary of the Day 1
Australia once again won the toss in Ind vs. Aus 2020-21 Test series and chose to bat first on a dry pitch. India had forced to make four changes due to injury. Mohammed Siraj snared the breakthrough on the first over of the day in the form of Warner. The Australian opener David Warner once again failed with the bat in this Ind vs Aus 2020-21Test series. Both the Australian openers back to their sheds under 10 overs.
Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne took the charge and completely snatched the momentum away. Labuschagne looked watchful and patient while Steve Smith looked impenetrable in the 2nd hour of the morning session. Steve Smith missed out on converting his inning into a big inning and dismissed on 36.
Once again, Marnus Labuschagne was dropped by Indian captain and Pujara before reaching to century. He now holds the record for most runs in the Test at the Gabba after three innings. Marnus along with Matthew Wade put a big partnership and when they looked like they were on course for a big first-innings total, Natarajan struck twice in quick succession in the final session of Day one of Ind vs Aus 2020-21.
After that Shardul Thakur dropped a caught and bowled chance and gave life to Cameron Green. India’s fielding was not at its best today. Tim Paine(38) and Cameron Green(28) held fort to ensure there was no more damage done. Australia scored 274 runs for the loss of five wickets on Day one. (source)
Day 2 will be important for both teams and may decide who will win Ind vs Aus 2020-21 Test series.