India vs Australia Boxing Day Test score: Siraj gets Labuschagne on debut as India reduce Australia to 136/5

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Updated: Dec 26, 2020 10:39 AM

Skipper Ajinkya Rahane made some impressive captaincy moves which enabled India gain the upper-hand on a track that offered turn and bounce on the first session of a Test match.

skipper Ajinkya Rahane, India vs Australia Boxing Day Test score, Ravichandran Ashwin's double strike, Jasprit Bumrah, steve smithRavichandran Ashwin's double strike helped India reduce Australia to 65 for 3 .(AP Photo)

Senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin’s double strike helped India reduce Australia to 65 for 3 on the opening session of the Boxing Day Test, here on Saturday. Skipper Ajinkya Rahane made some impressive captaincy moves which enabled India gain the upper-hand on a track that offered turn and bounce on the first session of a Test match.

Jasprit Bumrah (1/7 in 8 overs) struck for the visitors in the fifth over, removing Joe Burns for a duck as the batsman nicked a delivery the just moved a bit after hitting the seam to Rishabh Pant behind the stumps.  Introduced into the attack in the 11th over, Ashwin struck in his second over when Matthew Wade (30 off 39) went for a glory shot over square-leg, only to get a top-edge and Jadeja holding on to the catch despite a collision with an onrushing debutant Shubman Gill.

An over later, Ashwin (2/17 in 9 overs) was again on the money, this time accounting for the big fish Steve Smith (0) as he got one that was tossed and the former skipper tried to glance one only to find new vice-captain Cheteshwar Pujara pouch it at leg gully.

At the break, Marnus Labuschagne was batting on 28 in the company of Travis Head (4 not out).  Labuschagne did hit some good shots but also looked a bit edgy in between. He survived a leg-before decision when Ashwin trapped him with flight but the Umpires Review showed that the ball was missing the stumps.

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