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08 Dec 2018

#IndiaInAustralia: Ishant Sharma now has 50 Test wickets against Australia

#AUSvIND: Ishant leads India's pace attack in Adelaide

Ishant Sharma has been a revelation as India's leading pace bowler and he looked terrific in the first Test against Australia, being held in Adelaide.

Sharma took two wickets on Friday and in the process, he became the third Indian pacer, after Zaheer Khan and Kapil Dev, to pick 50 Test wickets against Australia.

Australia ended the second day with their score reading 191/7.

In context

#AUSvIND: Ishant leads India's pace attack in Adelaide
Ishant accounts for wickets of Finch and Paine

Performance

Ishant accounts for wickets of Finch and Paine

Sharma took 41 innings to pick 50 Test wickets against Aussies.

In the first innings of Aussies, Sharma dismissed opener Aaron Finch for a duck and then accounted for skipper Tim Paine's dismissal in the 63rd over.

He ended the day with figures of 2/31 to keep the Aussies at bay and help India maintain a 59-run lead at the end of day two.

Down Under

Ishant has bagged 22 Test wickets in Australia

Out of the 50 wickets, 22 have come in Australia in 11 Tests for Ishant.

3/38 is his best performance against the Aussies in their own backyard.

At home, Ishant has 28 wickets against Australia from 12 Tests.

The right-arm pacer has 258 career wickets to his name in 88 Tests.

Apart from the Aussies, Ishant has 50+ wickets against England as well.

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Ishant has picked 32 wickets in 2018

Tests

Ishant has picked 32 wickets in 2018

Ishant is enjoying a terrific year and has already picked up 32 wickets in 9 Tests in 2018.

He is the third highest wicket-taker this year for India in Test cricket.

R Ashwin (35) and Mohammed Shami (33) are ahead of him at the moment.

Sharma's modest economy rate of 2.68 tells you the story of his brilliance in keeping things tight and simple.

Bowling

Ishant has 28 wickets outside the sub-continent this year

The Indian pace attack thrived away from home in both South Africa and England and once again they have started off well as a pack in Australia.

Indian pacers have been consistent with their line and length this year.

Ishant was terrific in England with 18 scalps to his name.

Against SA, he took eight wickets in the two Tests he featured in.

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