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Ashwin becomes the first Indian bowler to dismiss Steve Smith for single digits

December 21, 2020

Written By,

Ankit Seth

Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin changed the entire game in India's favor. He picked up the crucial wicket of Steve Smith in Adelaide Oval. Ashwin took the wicket of an in-form Australian batsman in his first over of the pink-ball Test match.

After dismissing Smith, Ashwin has now become the only Indian bowler to dismiss him for single digits in a Test match on the Australian Soil. Furthermore, this was Smith's lowest score in Tests against the Indian team to date.

Steve came out to bat after Burns' dismissal in the 17th over. The right-handed batsman was struggling to get runs as he played 27 dot balls on the lope after scoring his first run.

The Indian skipper introduced Ashwin into the attack to bowl in the 27th over of the Australian innings. Labuschagne managed to take three runs off the first three deliveries as his partner, and Smith got to face the fourth ball.

Smith played the fourth delivery past Ashwin for no runs. Soon after that, he played a defensive shot towards the leg-side on his fifth ball. Ashwin bowled the next ball on off-stump. Steve tried to defend it again, but unfortunately, that delivery got the bat's outside edge. The ball landed in Ajinkya Rahane's hands at first slip.

Ravichandran Ashwin joins Kumar and Jadeja in an elite club

Smith has achieved fantastic success against the Indian side. The Australian batsman has scored 1429 runs in 20 innings against India heading into the 2020/21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

Only two bowlers, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravindra Jadeja have picked up his wicket for single digits before. Bhuvneshwar fazed his stumps for five runs back in 2013 at the PCA Stadium. Four years later, Ravindra Jadeja sent Smith back to the pavilion after scoring eight runs in Bengaluru.

However, Ashwin is now the first Indian bowler to achieve this feat on Australian Soil. The Indian skipper will be playing his last innings of 2020 tomorrow. It will be exciting to witness if he could end his century drought in international cricket.

India was 9 for 1 by the end of Day 2. The visitors took a 62-run lead against Australia in the opening Test in Adelaide. Earlier, the hosts were bowled out for 191 in the first innings. 

Australian Captain Tim Paine was the highest run-scorer for the hosts. He remained unbeaten on 73 runs off 99 deliveries and hit ten boundaries.  Ashwin was the highest wicket-taker for the Indian side. He grabbed four wickets. On the other hand, Yadav and Bumrah took three and two wickets, respectively.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth