India's opening day of the third cricket test match between Australia and India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground was dominated by an impressive double-
India’s opening day of the third cricket test match between Australia and India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground was dominated by an impressive double-performance by Sourav Saini and Saurabh Singh. The pair shared an impressive seven wickets between them, helping India to victory by an emphatic margin.
Sourav Saini, who is known for his spin bowling, has been in excellent form of late and proved it once again by taking four wickets on the opening day of the test match. He was well supported by his veteran team mate Saurabh Singh who took three wickets in the first innings. The two bowlers were able to contain the Australian batting lineup with their accurate and disciplined bowling.
India’s opening bowlers created many opportunities for the Indian fielding side, who pounced on almost every chance that came their way. This was exemplified by vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane’s run-out which was the result of a brilliant reflex catch by Ravichandran Ashwin. The Indian fielding was outstanding and created many chances for the Indian bowlers to take wickets.
The bowling attack of Saini and Singh was backed up by a brilliant batting performance from Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay, who contributed 70 runs between them to take India to a solid total of 344. Pujara’s knock of 67 was the highlight of the day, as the batsman scored at a steady rate to keep India’s innings on track.
The opening day at the MCG was dominated by Saini and Singh, who impressed with their bowling performances. Their efforts will certainly give the Indian team a lot of confidence in the remaining three days of the test match.
Saini and Saurabh give India A opening-day honours
India A were off to a great start in their unofficial test match against South Africa A, with the opening day honours going to the team. Navdeep Saini and Shreyas Saurabh starred with the wicket-taking opportunities that came their way.
The right-arm pacer, who last month turned out for the IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore, was the pick of the bowlers. He finished with figures 4/46 in 13.2 overs and picked up the prized scalps of Reeza Hendricks, Marco Marais and Rilee Rossouw in his spell.
Newcomer Saurabh had an impressive outing as well, picking up two wickets for 44 runs in 17 overs. He gave the South African team a few jitters in the middle as he took the wickets of Dean Elgar and Keshav Maharaj in quick succession.
India A’s Performance
India A had a solid performance in the field on day 1. Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Mayank Markande, Jaydev Unadkat, Washington Sundar and Shreyas Saurabh all got a wicket each. India A also kept it tight in the field with no catches dropped and just two leg-side byes conceded.
The team is in an enviable position after day 1. With the opening duo of Saurabh and Saini setting the tone, India A look primed to carry their strong performance into the remainder of the match. With the batting still to come, the hosts will be hoping for an even better performance from the batsmen to put South Africa A under pressure.
India A’s opening day performance was certainly one to be proud of, with Navdeep Saini and Shreyas Saurabh leading the way.