It is a horror show for India’s batting in the morning session of day 3 at the Adelaide Oval in the ongoing pink-ball contest. Josh Hazlewood accounted for five wickets while Pat Cummins picked four as the visitors managed only 36 runs in their second essay.
India started the day at nine for one with Mayank Agarwal and nightwatchman Jasprit Bumrah as the overnight batsmen. Pat Cummins took only two overs to draw first blood as he removed Bumrah in the fourth over of the day before India’s batting crumbled upon. Josh Hazlewood was on money right from the start as he dismissed Mayank Agarwal with the first ball of the day and then there was no stopping back for him.
Josh Hazlewood finishes with 5 for 8
He picked a double-wicket maiden to start day three and finished with five for eight in five overs to register the most economical five-wicket spell by an Australian in the last 75 years. Hazlewood’s tally included Mayank Agarwal, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha, Hanuma Vihari, and Ravichandran Ashwin.
He picked his eighth five-wicket haul and also joined the 200th Test wicket club as Hazlewood was unreal on Saturday morning at the Adelaide Oval. Former Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath took to microblogging site Twitter to hail Josh Hazlewood for his impeccable display of fast bowling. Incidentally, many consider Hazlewood to be modern day’s McGrath.
“Congratulations to Josh Hazelwood on taking 200 Test Wickets. Intelligence combined with pace, bounce, control & consistency. So proud of you mate,” Glenn McGrath wrote on Twitter.
Congratulations to Josh Hazelwood on taking 200 Test Wickets. Intelligence combined with pace, bounce, control & consistency. So proud of you mate #fastbowler #FBC #200wickets #ausvind https://t.co/Eq5bqGVeD8
— Glenn McGrath (@glennmcgrath11) December 19, 2020
Meanwhile, India registered their lowest score in Test cricket as they finished at 36 for nine after Mohammed Shami was retired out getting hit by a venomous Pat Cummins bouncers. Their previous record of 42 against England at Lord’s in 1974. It is also the seventh-lowest score in the history of Test cricket and just the second time ever no batter scored double figures.
Australia made a thumping start in their pursuit of 90 runs to go 1-0 ahead in the ongoing four-match Borde-Gavaskar Trophy