Left-arm chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav, who today became India’s Test player No. 288, made a spectacular debut and didn’t take long to snap his first Test wicket. After being brought into the attack in the 30th over of the day’ play, the 22-year-old claimed opener David Warner as his first Test victim in just his fourth over of his career. It was double delight moment for the entire team as they celebrated the youngster’s important personal achievement and a crucial breakthrough that brought back the hosts in the contest.
The first session was a dull one for India who was asked to bowl first by Australia who won the toss earlier in the morning in the backdrop of the scenic HPCA Stadium, Dharamsala. Things began well as Umesh Yadav clean bowled Matt Renshaw with an in-swinger with the 4th ball of the second over. However, the greenish wicket and fast outfield served as a perfect setting for the in-form skipper Steve Smith and David Warner to build the innings quickly.
Smith looked happy batting in the lush green park where on one occasion an outside edge from Jadeja ran away boundary, beating Ashwin who chased the ball from the first slip position. Warner, on the other hand, took time but soon began to flourish and the duo batted in a pretty much ominous ways. The pair went on to add 134 runs for the second wicket and looked smooth in the post lunch session as well before the introduction of Kuldeep brought a good turnaround.
In the 35th over, Warner miscalculated the turn and nicked away an easy catch at first slip to bring his downfall. The Indian was elated after finally seeing an opportunity to get the upper hand over the Aussies after losing the opening session them. As anticipated, the chinaman opened the gates and snapped one more wicket that of – Peter Handscomb before Umesh Yadav dismissed Shaun Marsh to put India in a firm position.
Here is the video of Kuldeep Yadav’s first dismissal: