Former captain Ricky Ponting said that the Australian batsmen underestimated veteran Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and his aggressive attitude against the bowler shattered the team’s batting in the first innings. The 34-year-old bowler showed his talent, taking four wickets, including giving veteran Steve Smith the path to the pavilion.
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The former veteran batsman, who worked with Ashwin as coach of Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League, said, “They were trying to score runs against Ashwin but it backfired.”
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Ashwin took four wickets for 55 runs in 18 overs in the first innings, giving the Indian team a 53-run lead in the first innings. India have scored nine runs for one wicket in the second innings till stumps, taking their total lead to 62 runs.