Deadline 2023: India demolish Australia in Nagpur Test, winning by 132 runs and an innings

Ravichandran Ashwin gave away 5 wickets for just 37 runs while Ravindra Jadeja took 3 wickets as Australia folded for 32.3

On this day in 2023, India ended Australia's innings in three days and won by 132 runs and an innings. Bue's men crushed them for 91 runs in just 32.3 overs in the second innings, which was the second lowest total against India.

R Ashwin, who was upstaged by Ravindra Jadeja in the first innings and was better than Axar Patel and Jadeja with the bat, led Australia's collapse in the second innings, taking 5 for 37 to secure their 31st over of five wickets. Most of India's 20 wickets came from over dismissals, demonstrating their ability to attack the stumps while minimizing the runs conceded.

Australia faced a tougher challenge as India's final three wickets left them frustrated throughout the morning session on a rapidly deteriorating pitch. Despite these efforts, India extended their lead to 223 runs and Axar Patel made a significant contribution with the bat, just short of what could have been his maiden Test century.

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Debutant Todd Murphy's impressive bowling performance of 7 for 124 consoled Australia, although it was not enough to prevent defeat.

In the second innings, facing the new ball on a spinning pitch, Australia's left-handed batsmen struggled against R Ashwin's spin. This decline began when the dismissal of Usman Khawaja was the trigger for Australia's woes. Despite Steven Smith's resilience, Australia could not withstand India's relentless attack and eventually succumbed to total defeat.

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