The Indian team was bowled out for just 244 on Day 3 of the India vs Australia 3rd Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney. After conceding a 94-run lead, India started the second innings on a bright note as they dismissed both Australian openers Will Pucovski and David Warner in quick succession.
While Pucovski was caught behind of Mohammed Siraj's bowling for 10, Warner was trapped in front of the wicket by R Ashwin for 13. Ashwin who is renowned for making left-handers dance to his tunes was at it once again as he claimed the wicket of Warner. Notably, this is the 10th time in Test cricket that Ashwin has dismissed Warner, which is the most for him against a batsman. Ashwin has dismissed former England captain Alastair Cook nine times.
Moreover, what is remarkable is that Warner who has sensational numbers in Australia in Test match cricket, has never found success against Ashwin even on home soil. The southpaw has scored just 36 runs against Ashwin in Australia at a miserable average of 7.20 while getting dismissed by the offie on five occasions. Remarkably, Warner was Ashwin's 193rd left-handed victim which in itself is a world record. Ashwin is followed by legendary spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, who has dismissed 191 left-handers in his Test career.
Twitter was abuzz after Ashwin dismissed his 'bunny' Warner for a record 10th time. Several reactions poured as fans lauded the off-spinner and his record against southpaws. Here's a look at a few reactions.
Ashwin has got Warner 10 times and Cook 9 times in Tests - Dont think anyone is as good as Ashwin to left handers. One of the finest ever.— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) January 9, 2021
Most time dismissing Warner in Tests:— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) January 9, 2021
Ashwin to Left handers a sight to beholdpic.twitter.com/dpFDMpQeMG— . (@sanket7262) January 9, 2021
Love watching Ashwin bowl, ball does a hell of a lot— Geraint (@methead13) January 9, 2021
Ashwin and Left-hand batters— Vijaymad 2.O (@imPVK94B) January 9, 2021
Likes Jadeja and Run outs..👌👌#INDvsAUS
Meanwhile, after getting dismissed for 244 and conceding a 94-run lead, India made a bright start to their second innings by sending both Australian openers back in the hut. While Will Pucovski's was caught behind off Mohammed Siraj's bowling for 10, David Warner was trapped in front of the wicket by Ashwin for 13. However, Australia's batting mainstays Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith steadied the ship by playing some cautious cricket. At the time of publishing this article, Australia's scorecard read 87/2 after 21 overs with Labuschagne batting on 35 and Smith unbeaten on 21.
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