The International Cricket Council (ICC) has termed the Indore pitch used for the third India-Australia Test match as poor. The fixture lasted for two days with a total of 31 wickets falling in the match. 26 out of 31 wickets went to the spinners on a track where they were getting help from the very first session of the first day. Notably, this was the third consecutive Test match in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy to end inside three days.
While the hosts had used the spinning wickets in the first two Tests to register emphatic victories in both the Tests, the plan backfired as the hosts tasted their own bitter medicine, losing the match by 9 wickets after scoring 109 runs. Went. Scored 163 runs in the first and second innings respectively.
Australia’s off-spinner Nathan Lyon took 11 wickets in the contest and was named player of the match, taking 8 wickets in India’s second innings to set their batsmen a target of only 76 runs in the fourth innings.
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– ICC (@ICC) March 3, 2023
According to the ICC report, match referee Chris Broad said, “The pitch, which was very dry, did not provide balance between bat and ball, in favor of the spinners from the very beginning.”
“The fifth ball of the match broke through the surface of the pitch and continued to break the surface occasionally causing little or no seam movement and excessive and uneven bounce throughout the match,” he underlined.
Indore’s Holkar Stadium has also got three demerit points after the match referee’s assessment of the wicket. Meanwhile, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will now have a period of 14 days in which to appeal against the world cricket governing body’s assessment.
Recently, the ICC also rated the pitch used for the Rawalpindi Test match as “below average”, but on appeal from the Pakistan Cricket Board, they withdrew the demerit points awarded to the international cricket venue. .