Ravindra Jadeja celebrated his return to international cricket with three quick wickets at the start of the second session on Day 1 of the India vs Australia Nagpur Test on Thursday. After recovering from early strikes, Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne were building a solid partnership for Australia with some brilliant batting against spinners, but Jadeja broke the 82-run stand to clinch his first wicket of the match.
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He flighted the ball which turned away to outfox Labuschagne on 49 as the keeper KS Bharat removed the bails to cause a stumping dismissal.
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2 wickets in 2 balls
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In the same over, Jadeja dismissed Matt Renshaw LBW for a duck. The ball again turned from the middle to beat Renshaw’s bat as he attempted a flick.
Back-to-back wickets from Ravi Jadeja finds the Aussies in a bit of trouble.
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Jadeja finished the over as wicket-maiden and had an opportunity to take a hat-trick in the next over but Peter Handscomb managed to avert the danger.
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A few overs later, Jadeja bowled a beauty to get rid of the dangerous Steve Smith. The Australian batter attempted a forward defence thinking the ball will turn but it went straight through the gap to disturb the stumps. With Smith getting out on 37, Australia have lost half of their batters.
That when @imjadeja let one through Steve Smith's defence!
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Jadeja is returning to international cricket after a long break. He last played for India in August 2022 before having knee surgery in September which kept him out of action for a while.
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