Ind vs Aus: Ashwin tried to threaten him with a Mankad in the 15th over. While that stunned Smith, it brought out laughter from Virat Kohli promptly.
Delhi: The spinners from India ruled the roost on the third day of the second Test in Delhi. Ravindra Jadeja picked up seven wickets, while Ravichandran Ashwin collected the remaining three to bundle out Australia for a paltry 113 in their second essay on Sunday. But it was an incident during the game that caught the eye. It was when Steve Smith was at the non-striker’s end. Ashwin tried to threaten him with a Mankad in the 15th over. While that stunned Smith, it brought out laughter from Virat Kohli promptly.
Here is the clip:
Ashwin again 😂👌. Look at Virat Kohli and Steve Smith #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/OsOCQseqwJ
— Nitish Tiwary (@TiwaryT21821046) February 19, 2023
Meanwhile, the tourists will be mighty disappointed by some extremely questionable shot selection and squandering the advantage they had at stumps on day two. Resuming from 61/1, with a healthy run-rate of 5.08 at the end of day two, Australia imploded spectacularly to lose nine wickets for 53 runs in the morning session on day three.
They were playing the sweep and reverse sweep as if this was the only way to play against spin on a pitch which had variable bounce and turn. Travis Head began day three by driving wide of cover against Ashwin. But two balls later, Ashwin got Head to come forward and fox him by getting the ball to turn in late and take a faint inner edge behind to wicketkeeper KS Bharat.
Marnus Labuschagne then took two boundaries off Ashwin — a paddle through fine leg was followed by reverse sweep going wide of backward point. Ashwin had trapped Labuschagne lbw, but India lost the review as replays showed impact of the delivery being outside of off-stump.