The Australia cricket team defeated the hosts India by nine wickets in the third Test match played at the Holkar Stadium here. To win, the Australian team had to score 76, which it did on Friday, the third day of the match, losing just one wicket in the first session. With this, Australia has kept alive its efforts to save the series. After winning the first two matches, India has kept the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with itself. If Australia had lost the third Test match, it would have lost the series as well, but now it has a chance to equalize in the series.
India is ahead 2-1 in the series at this time. The fourth Test match is to be played in Ahmedabad and if Australia wins this match then the series will be equal to 2-2. In the third test match, India got trapped in its own spin trap. They made a spinner-friendly pitch for this match in which Australia’s spinners, especially Nathan Lyon, trapped India’s batsmen.
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The second innings of the Indian team was piled on 163 runs on the second day and with this it was also announced to end the day’s play. India had scored 109 runs in their first innings. At the same time, Australia had scored 197 runs in their first innings and took a lead of 88 runs. After this, India finished its second innings after which it gave Australia a target of 76 runs. This target cannot be called easy on this wicket because this wicket is helpful to the spinners and in such a situation India has three excellent spinners. Even in front of Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel, however, Australia was not affected by this and easily achieved the target.
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Although India had dismissed Usman Khawaja in the first over of the third day and it seemed that it would be heavy on Australia, but Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne did not allow any more wickets to fall and won the match with positive strokrplay after playing quietly for the first 15 overs . Head returned after scoring an unbeaten 49 off 53 balls with the help of six fours and a beautiful straight six. At the same time, Labuschagne scored an unbeaten 28 off 58 balls and both of them pounced on any loose balls to score boundaries .
Nathan Lyon got the player of the match after getting 11 wickets in the test including 8 in the second innings .