Ind vs Aus 3rd Test at SCG: Debutant Navdeep vs Debutant Pucovski, Indian pacer wins battle between two first timers; Watch video

Ind vs Aus 3rd Test at SCG: Debutant Navdeep vs Debutant Pucovski: In the battle of two debutants, Navdeep Saini beat Will Pucovski to give India its second wicket against Australia in the third Test at Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday. The Australian batsman was looking dangerous bringing up his fifty right before Tea break. But in the 35th over, Saini made sure to make an impact.

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In the first ball of Indian bowler’s over, Marnus Labuschagne and Pucovski brought up the century partnership. However, in the next ball shuffling across his crease, he was trapped in front by Saini. It was a great response by the Indian debutant to get rid of the Australian debutant, having been taken for 15 runs in his first two overs. He sent the danger looking Australian batsman back for 62.

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With this he has also joined a unique list: He is only the fifth Indian bowler to take his maiden wicket of an opposition debutant.

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The first one to do so was Vijay Hazare who took Alec Bedser’s wicket at Lord’s in 1946.

Here are other Indian bowlers whose Maiden Test wicket was that of an opposition debutant:

VS Hazare – AV Bedser, Lord’s 1946
SG Shinde – JT Ikin, Lord’s 1946
Arshad Ayub – WKM Benjamin, Delhi 1987/88
Zaheer Khan – Mehrab Hossain, Dhaka 2000/01
NA Saini – WJ Pucovski, Sydney 2020/21

Ind vs Aus 3rd Test, 2nd Session: Pucovksi puts Australia on top

Riding his luck, debutant Will Pucovski combined with Marnus Labuschagne to put Australia on top in the second session of the first day.

In the second session, 23.5 overs were bowled and Australia’s score reads 93/1. Pucovski and Labuschagne were unbeaten on 54 and 34 respectively when the umpires called for the tea break. While Pucovski did bring up a fifty on debut, he did get a few chances to help prolong his stay in the middle. In the 21st over of the innings, wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant dropped a regulation chance off the bowling of Ravichandran Ashwin and India lost an opportunity to put the hosts in a spot of bother.

The misery for Pant did not end there, as he dropped another catch off the bowling of Mohammad Siraj, and as a result, Pucovski got his second reprieve of the day. The opener kept riding his luck and after a couple of catching chances, he looked ready to get run out after a miscommunication with Labuschagne. But a poor throw from Jasprit Bumrah saved him again.

With rain and a wet outfield playing spoilsport in the second session as well, almost two hours were lost. Finally back on the ground — with the score on 21/1 — Pucovski and Labuschagne mixed caution with aggression and the duo saw off some impeccable deliveries being bowled by the Indian bowling attack. But the duo also made sure they capitalized on the loose balls being bowled and as a result, both batsmen kept the scoreboard moving.

The second session also saw Indian pacers bowling on the shorter side, and as a result, Pucovski and Labuschagne had no problems in either leaving the ball or getting behind the line to defend it.

Earlier, rain had forced an early lunch and David Warner’s wicket was the only gain for India after Tim Paine won the toss and decided to bat at the historic SCG.
Brief Scores: Australia 93/1 (Will Pucovski 54*, Marnus Labuschagne 34*, Mohammad Siraj 1-33)