Ravichandran Ashwin 2016
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In the first half hour of day one; it was the Australian team who dominated and showed promise but it was Indian team who hit back and kept the visitors subdued under pressure for the rest of the session.

The first session of the day one of Ranchi Test match was a flashback of the last two games as David Warner after having a good start, once again, wasted the opportunity to convert a start into a substantial innings. The opening pair of Matt Renshaw and Warner shared a half-century stand in 9.4 overs and were looking in the hunt for a big one but Warner, after smashing Ravindra Jadeja for a four in his first over tried to emulate it again and was caught out caught and bowled.

It was not the first time in the series when Warner rolled out a red carpet for himself but ended up being walking to the pavilion.

Steve Smith, probably the unhappy captain joined the junior pro-Renshaw out in the middle. Both were patient, having a good time at the crease as singles were coming easily, though Ravindra Jadeja was asking some questions via good bowling. Still, both were absorbing the pressure.

Just when the game entered the last half hour before the lunch break, the Indian skipper Virat Kohli produced a masterstroke as he introduced Umesh Yadav, who straightaway spoiled Australia’s party and came up with a wicket of Matt Renshaw, who edged one towards the slip cordon into the hands of Virat Kohli.

Australian batting line-up crumbled post this wicket as Shaun Marsh too followed Renshaw back to the pavilion with a score of two alongside his name. This wicket, though, was a special one for India as it came when Indian players asked for a review and the umpire was forced to change his erstwhile verdict which happened for the first time this series.

Australian team let slip the early advantage that they earned in the first half hour which just changed the course of the game and it was the home team that had a dream last 90 minutes of the first session of the debutant JSCA Stadium.

Brief Scores: Australia 109/3 (Matt Renshaw 44, Steve Smith 34*; Ravindra Jadeja 1-22, R Ashwin 1-30) vs India at JSCA stadium in Ranchi.


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