Day 1 of the Gaba test has ended on the Australian side scoring 274/5 with Marnus Labuschange stealing the show. He scored 108 runs before giving his wicket to debutant T Natarajan.
The Indian team is reeling under injuries but its inexperienced bowling side did well before the Australians bounced back in the game. At stumps, captain Tim Paine and Cameron Green were batting on 38 and 28 respectively. Dropping the catch of Labuschange at 37 by Ajinkya Rahane proved fatal to the Indian side as his 204-ball knock had nine boundaries.
The Indian team was forced to make four changes and has depleted in its attack as it missing Jasprit Bumrah and R Ashwin. But the inexperience in bowling did not show up in the early start of the game as India managed to stun the Australian side with two early wickets. Then Smith and Labuschange saved the day for the Australian side by making the match steady.
The Australian pacer was a bit disappointed as he could not continue his knock. “You know you don’t need to be playing at anything around 4th stump line or even 3 and a half stumps. I tell myself to be cool, when you get to a hundred just carry on. It’s about how that moment is, I don’t plan my hundred celebrations. A little bit disappointed that I got out,” The host broadcaster was told by the pacer himself after the play concluded on day one.
The Border-Gavaskar series is tied at 1-1 and the Gaba test will be the deciding factor for both sides.