Axar Patel’s strong 84 on Day 3 of the first Test in Nagpur dashed Australia’s chances of capturing the Indian tail early. Mohammed Shami, an Indian bowler, provided him with significant assistance as India collected 400 runs in their first innings to increase their lead to a massive 223 runs. Shami scored fast (37 off 47 balls). To increase their lead to as close to 200 runs as possible, India had a solid start at 321/7, but Jadeja’s self-assurance was dented when a Todd Murphy delivery went straight with the arm and slammed into his off stump.

Axar and Shami’s important 52-run stand for the ninth wicket, though, almost forced Australia to forfeit the game. Shami was dropped by Scott Bolland early in his innings, but he swiftly reached 37 by smashing three sixes and two fours in response. In the 133rd over, he was eventually out caught, becoming debutant Murphy’s eighth victim.

As Australia struggled to get the last wicket, Axar Patel fought to get his first century in international play. Mohammed Siraj also put in a lot of effort. Sadly, Pat Cummins, the captain of Australia, bowled the left-hander for 84 runs.

Ajay Jadeja, a former cricketer, responded to India’s dominance in the third day’s first session by claiming that the visitors “rubbed salt and lemon into Australia’s wounds.”

“After being burnt and hurt, Australia felt agony for the first two days. But today during the first session, India rubbed salt and lemon into those wounds “Jadeja remarked on Cricbuzz.

As Australia won’t be able to manage the turn produced by the Indian spin trio of Ashwin, Jadeja, and Axar, the former Indian batsman predicts that India would likely win the match by innings.

“When India was bowled out for 177, I had earlier said that I would be shocked if they needed to bat again. Day 2’s early session gave the impression that Australia was staging a comeback, but after lunch, India’s domination had a psychological impact on the Australians. One little favor Australia received was that lunch was served at the time the last Indian wicket fell; otherwise, their openers would have had to hurry in “said he.

Jadeja gave Axar Patel great praise for coming in at No. 9 and playing a crucial knock. “Recently, he has been hitting the ball quite effectively. Throwing is not as easy as it seems. Rohit and Axar both batted similarly. He made it seem easy. If Ravindra Jadeja needed 30 to 40 matches to develop as a batter, he has only done it in three to four matches “Added he.