Finally the day come for the Boxing Day Test that means the second test match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy where India and Australia is competing. After a humiliating loss against hosts in the opening test, visitors march towards the second test to compensate the loss. The match is being played at Melbourne Cricket Ground. In the match, the visitors has won the toss and chose to bat first where an unique incident happen that is none other than of World’s No.1 Test batsman Steven Smith who got out for a duck for the first time in red ball cricket against India. He has again failed to deliver in the series and got out for duck by facing eight balls.
The happiest part for the visitors is that Steve Smith got out on the ball bowled by spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. From the commencement of the match Indian fiercely pacer has put pressure from the start on the hosts and break the backbone in a short span. Jasprit Bumrah was the one who started the attack and gave early breakthrough of Kangaroos. He took wicket of Joe Burns who got out for duck facing 10 balls. The second wicker was took by Ashwin of Matthew Wade in the 13th over. Within a short span, Ashwin again took a wicket and this time that was Steven Smith, batting legend and kept Kangaroos on a hunt.
In the 15th over of the match, Ravichandran Ashwin gave the breakthrough of Steve Smith. He bowled an off spinner which eventually turned towards the leg side and Smith tried to locate the ball towards the square but couldn’t create pace and ball got in the safest hands of Cheteshwar Pujara. This was the first ever duck by Smith against India in the red ball cricket. Before this series, he has tremendous records against Men in Blue by scoring 1429 runs in just 10 matches.
Ravi Ashwin has Steve Smith!
The Aussie departs for a duck 👀
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Furthermore he has also astonishing records in the Boxing Day Test where he has an amazing average of 113 in a span of seven test matches.