On a pitch that was providing little turn and assist to bowlers, India desperately needed someone to take the onus to put them on the path for an unlikely win in the ongoing Ranchi Test. With Ravichandran Ashwin looking off-color, the chances were looking bleak. However, Ravindra Jadeja, who has been one of India’s most impressive bowlers along with Ashwin in the last couple of years or so, took the responsibility and gave the hosts a brilliant start by castling David Warner and Nathan Lyon during the last session of the penultimate day.
The presence of Australia skipper Steven Smith was still a big worry for the world number one team as the in-form Aussie batsman could have dashed their hopes of making early inroads on the final day of the match. But Jadeja once again proved his worth by dismissing the top-ranked Test batsman in the world. The Australian tried to play the ball with the pad but the ball after taking a turn from the rough, went on to disturb his off-stump. At lunch, the visitors were 83/4, still trailing India’s first innings total by 69 runs.
Meanwhile, the fans showered their praise on Jadeja for his brilliant bowling performance. At the same time, they also trolled Smith for the way he was dismissed. Here are some of the best reactions:
For a bowler who is at you all the time and doesn't do too much, Jadeja is very difficult to leave. Smith not the first. Could be the match.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 20, 2017
Smith says the reason he left the ball is that he hurt his shoulder while fielding
— Dennishant Sharma (@DennisCricket_) March 20, 2017
Why did you left the ball which pitched on leg stump?
Steve Smith: Brain fade!
— Sarcastic Dude (@Sarcasticdudee) March 20, 2017
Steve Smith has started his practice for the upcoming IPL by doing what Kohli does. Leaving a delivery, wrong DRS reviews . #IndvAus
— Shashi (@AllTimeBakchod) March 20, 2017
— Pritam Sharma (@VanDiablo) March 20, 2017
And how poor of Steven Smith to mock Virat Kohli's leave. #IndvAus
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) March 20, 2017
Steve Smith has a brain fade! Opens his shoulders to allow a peach from Jadeja to turn from the rough and knock his off stump! #PlayBold
— Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) March 20, 2017
Steve Smith is so lucky that he didn't come out to bat. Could have done nothing about this delivery, apart from a wrong referral #IndvAus
— Shashi (@AllTimeBakchod) March 19, 2017
— Ryan Fitzgerald (@FitzySA) March 20, 2017
I've detected a weakness. When Steve Smith doens't make 180, we struggle.#IndvAus
— Greg Baum (@GregBaum) March 20, 2017