Head and Labuschagne temper India’s aspirations

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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 signalled 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.