Team India’s new debutant T Natarajan is having the time of his life. After impressing in the ODIs and T20Is, the young left-arm pacer also made his marks in the red-ball format scalping three wickets in the debut game against Australia in Brisbane.
The inexperienced bowling kept plugging away this morning, but had to wait until the stroke of drinks in the first hour to send back Tim Paine, out for an exact 50. Cameron Green – the other overnight batsman and Pat Cummins fell soon after – at 315 for 8, it looked like Australia would struggle to get to 350.
T Natarajan removed Josh Hazlewood to end Australia’s innings
But Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, and Josh Hazlewood all chipped in with double digits to make it happen. Given the circumstances, it’s still a good job done by an attack that boasted of only 6 Tests before this one. Meanwhile, T Natarajan was the pick of the bowlers while Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur also chipped in with useful contributions.
T Natarajan delivered full and fast delivery aimed at the three stumps. Josh Hazlewood was late in pressing forward, the ball burst past the inside edge and crashed onto the timber ending Australia’s first innings and they have managed to accumulate 369 runs with the tailenders chipping with crucial runs in the morning session of day 2.
T Natarajan finished with figures of 3 for 78 which is the second-best figure by an Indian left-arm fast bowler on debut after RP Singh, who had scalped 4 for 89 against Pakistan in 2005-06 in Faisalabad.
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Meanwhile, Team India will have to bat out of their skins to take a crucial lead in the Test match and be on top in this contest. Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma started off well in the last two innings and will hope to continue their good form going. Mayank Agarwal, who missed the last Test due to dismal form, will bat in the middle-order after Hanuma Vihari was ruled out with a calf injury.