Head and Labuschagne temper India's aspirations


After a strong performance by Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head on the final day of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2023, Australia was able to keep India hunting for wickets.

Early in the day, R Ashwin eliminated the nightwatchman Matthew Kuhnemann using an undercutter that trapped him LBW, giving India a lift. This also signaled the beginning of a stretch of play during which all three of India's spinners gained some ground on the field.

There were many plays and misses throughout, but Head and Labuschagne were able to quickly move beyond them. Every time a chance presented itself, both batters sought to score runs, and they took advantage of those lofting Ashwin pitches.

On the day, Ashwin continued to lead India and asked several questions, even though the answers did not always go in his favor. On a mostly favorable surface, he kept India's pursuit for wickets alive.

Late in the session, Head defeated Ashwin in an LBW review, and because the umpire's call stood, Indi also did not lose a review. With just one wicket lost and the margin being reduced, Australia was able to enter the interval and inch closer to winning the match.


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