Twitteratti left in awe as Ravindra Jadeja owns SCG on Day 2
Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was the star on Friday for the Ajinkya Rahane-led Indian cricket team as the visitors wrapped up Australia for 338 runs on the second day of the third Test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground. India ended Day 2 on 96/2 with Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara at the crease.
Starting the day on 166/2, Australia looked in complete control with Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne seemingly comfortable at the crease. However, Jadeja struck immediately after the duo had forged a 100-run partnership.
The left-arm spinner was given more overs to bowl on the second day after his limited action on Day 1, and the Saurashtra player didn’t disappoint. After dismissing Labuschagne earlier in the day, Jadeja took wickets of Matthew Wade, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon to finish with a figure of 62/4.
If breaking the deadlock with his bowling wasn’t enough, Jadeja was solely responsible for the biggest breakthrough for India as his brilliant piece of fielding sent a dangerous-looking Smith back to the pavilion.
Experts and followers of the game took to Twitter to express their love for the 32-year-old all-rounder!
Later in the day, the Indian openers saw off the new ball well. Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill knitted the visitors' first 50-run partnership for the opening wicket. They outlasted more overs than all of the openers combined in the first four innings.
While Rohit fell to Josh Hazlewood for 26, Gill went on to bag his maiden Test half-century as India trail by 242 runs after Day 2.