Match Report – India v Australia 1st Test – India Beat Australia By 31 Runs

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INDIA BEAT AUSTRALIA BY 31 RUNS

India beat Aussies by 31 runs in the first Test at the Adelaide Oval to complete a historic victory. This was India’s first win in an opening Test of an Australian tour and their first win in Australia since year 2008. In 2012, India has lost 0-4 before going down 2-0 in 2014-15.

India ended a 10-year-wait for a Test win Down Under as Indian team outplayed Australia by 31 runs in the first of the ongoing four-match series in Adelaide.

The Asian giants last won in Australia under Anil Kumble at Perth during their trip Down Under in 2007-08. They were blanked 4-0 under MS Dhoni in 2011-12 and suffered a 2-0 defeat during the 2014-15 tour despite Kohli scoring a truckload of runs.

India had failed to seize crunch moments in the opening Tests during their two previous overseas tours of the year in South Africa and England but Kohli’s men made sure they ended up third time lucky on Monday, defending a 323-run target successfully.

With the win, India also went up 1-0 in a Test series for the first time in Australia, ending a 70-year-long drought.

Cheteshwar Pujara (Player of the Match): I think playing here before has helped me a lot. I think what has helped me is the preparation. Ultimately winning the Test match credit to all the bowlers. The first innings lead of 15 gave us the belief batting in the second innings. I always back my ability and I’ve got enough experience…It means a lot, he’ll be a proud father. I’d like to thank him for all his support throughout my career.

Virat Kohli (winning captain): It’s important to stay calm. The odds were stacked up against them as soon as we got Pat Cummins out. I wouldn’t say I was cool as ice but you try not to show it. It was just a matter of one mistake or one good ball. Super proud to have four bowlers and take 20 wickets to win this Test match. It’s up to our batsmen to step up in this series. Pujara and Rahane stood up in this match. I thought we were the better team and deserved to win. I think when they bat together like that they are our most solid pair. I think it took a lot of grit and determination to put us past Australia. I think our middle order and lower order could’ve done better. These things are things to keep in mind for Perth. But if you had given me 1-0 up after the first game I would’ve taken that.

 

Day 4

 

  • 18:00 Local Time: Another productive day’s play. Team continue to Dominate although that collapse in the second session will have given the Australia a little hope.  Marsh has looked strong out there but needs a companion to combat this strong Indian bowling line-up. Harris and both Handscomb dominated a lot but fell to loose shots while Khawaja’s has to be the most poor shot of those dismissals. India’s bowling line-up  have been unstoppable, hardly giving anything away and that target looks a huge at this stage. Not an unplayable pitch but run-scoring has been difficult and there is turn on offer. India will be smelling victory into the final day but a wicketless first session tomorrow could potentially create the suspense. You never know in this sport. 

 

  • Stumps Day 4!! Australia are 104/4 at the end of Day 4 and They Still Require 218 More Runs with 6 wickets in their Hand. Ashwin and Shami both take two wicket each to counter Australia.

 

 

Jasprit Bumrah of India of India reacts after injuring his shoulder while fielding during day four of the First Test match

 

 

 

Live India v Australia
  Mohammed Shami and Virat Kohli of India celebrate getting the wicket of Peter Handscomb
  • Ashwin dismissed Aaron Finch and Khawaja while Shami got rid of Handscom and Harris.
  • India put 307 runs on Board in their second Innings.
  • Australia Last Chased a Target of 200+ successfully in a Adelaide Test in the Year 1902.
  • Pujara was India’s batting mainstay once again Scoring 71 off 214.
  • Interesting Drama before the Tea break. Finch is adjudged caught bat-pad off Ashwin but he chose not to review it. Australia go into the break, trailing by 295 and giving India a boost late in the Second session.

Live India v Australia Live Blog and  ScoreCard:-

Australia Men VS India Men

Australia Men 235 & 291 ( 98.4 & 119.5 ) overs
India Men: 250 & 307 ( 88.0 & 106.5 ) overs
India win by 31 runs
Toss - India won the toss and elected to bat.
Batsmens
R
B
4S
6S
SR
38
47
3
0
80.85
13
43
1
0
30.23
Bowler
O
M
R
W
Econ
52.5
13
92
3
1.74
Man of the Match
Cheteshwar Pujara
Commentry
In over# 120
Runs : 0 Bowler: Ravichandran Ashwin Wickets : 1
Over 120. no runs. Bowler: Ravichandran Ashwin. Australia: 10-291(rr 2.42)
119.5
W
OUT! Caught. Ravichandran Ashwin to Josh Hazlewood. Off break half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, outside edge to second slip, by Rahul. There it is, India win and Ashwin grabs the final wicket. KL Rahul snaffles a sharp chance to end the stubborn tenth wicket stand. Nathan Lyon is down on his haunches at the non-striker's end, spare a thought for him as the tourists celebrate wildly. Unbelievable scenes at the Adelaide Oval. Five days of drama and excitement have ended in an historic Indian victory in Adelaide. It's been an incredible Test match, full of hard-fought battles, skilful cricket and incredible action. The tourists came into today big favourites, but Australia's lower order showed fantastic application to push them close. Cheteshwar Pujara is the hero for India, his batting proved to be the difference between the two sides in the end with a steadfast display of concentration and discipline across both innings. Virat Kohli will be proud of his men for holding their nerve, they were involved in a couple of close Test matches in England recently that they couldn't quite get over the line in. Tim Paine should also be proud of his side though, many teams would have folded under pressure today but they can hold their heads high after playing their part in a wonderful match. It's been a great start to the series and there are three matches to come, the next of which is in Perth and starts on Friday.
119.4
.
Ravichandran Ashwin to Josh Hazlewood. Off break length ball, outside off stump on the front foot defending, to silly point for no runs.
119.3
.
Ravichandran Ashwin to Josh Hazlewood. Off break length ball, outside off stump on the front foot defending, to silly point for no runs.
119.2
.
Ravichandran Ashwin to Josh Hazlewood. Arm length ball, off stump on the front foot defending, back to bowler for no runs, fielded by Ashwin.
119.1
.
Ravichandran Ashwin to Josh Hazlewood. Off break length ball, off stump on the back foot defending, inside edge to short leg for no runs, fielded by Pant.
In over# 119
Runs : 8 Bowler: Jasprit Bumrah Wickets : 0
Over 119. 8 runs. Bowler: Jasprit Bumrah. Australia: 9-291(rr 2.45)
118.6
1
Jasprit Bumrah to Josh Hazlewood. Seaming away length ball, down leg side on the back foot defending, thick edge to third man for 1 run, fielded by Sharma.
118.5
4
FOUR! Jasprit Bumrah to Josh Hazlewood. Short, down leg side on the back foot cutting, well timed in the air under control past third man for 4 runs. Hazlewood leans back and unfurls a ridiculous uppercut that sails gloriously to third man. Australia are starting to believe they can pull off a miracle, all the pressure is on India. These two batsmen are doing an outstanding job.
118.4
1
Jasprit Bumrah to Nathan Lyon. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, thick edge in the air uncontrolled to third man for 1 run, fielded by Shami.
118.3
1
Jasprit Bumrah to Josh Hazlewood. Back of a length, down leg side on the back foot Steer, to deep backward point for 1 run, fielded by Sharma.
118.2
1
Jasprit Bumrah to Nathan Lyon. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, to deep backward point for 1 run.
118.1
.
Jasprit Bumrah to Nathan Lyon. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, to point for no runs.
In over# 118
Runs : 0 Bowler: Ravichandran Ashwin Wickets : 0
Over 118. no runs. Bowler: Ravichandran Ashwin. Australia: 9-283(rr 2.40)
117.6
.
Ravichandran Ashwin to Josh Hazlewood. Off break length ball, outside off stump on the front foot defending, to backward point for no runs, fielded by Vijay. The crowd are applauding every single delivery now, it's an amazing atmosphere at the Adelaide Oval. Just 40 more runs required for an unlikely Australian win.
117.5
.
Ravichandran Ashwin to Josh Hazlewood. Carrom length ball, outside off stump on the front foot defending, to silly point for no runs.
117.4
.
Ravichandran Ashwin to Josh Hazlewood. Off break length ball, off stump on the front foot defending, to short leg for no runs.
117.3
.
Ravichandran Ashwin to Josh Hazlewood. Off break length ball, outside off stump on the front foot defending, to short extra cover for no runs, fielded by Kohli.
117.2
.
Ravichandran Ashwin to Josh Hazlewood. Off break half volley, middle stump on the front foot defending, back to bowler for no runs, fielded by Ashwin.
117.1
.
Ravichandran Ashwin to Josh Hazlewood. Off break back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot working, to mid wicket for no runs, fielded by Bumrah.
In over# 117
Runs : 9 Bowler: Ishant Sharma Wickets : 0
Over 117. 9 runs. Bowler: Ishant Sharma. Australia: 9-283(rr 2.42)
116.6
4
FOUR! Ishant Sharma to Nathan Lyon. Seaming away length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, outside edge in the air uncontrolled past third man for 4 runs. Kohli only has two slips in place and this soars wide of them, the crowd is starting to make more and more noise. The momentum is with the hosts, India need the tea break to come now. They will be telling themselves it just takes one delivery to finish this off.
116.5
.
Ishant Sharma to Nathan Lyon. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, to short extra cover for no runs.
116.5
1
No ball Ishant Sharma to Nathan Lyon. Length ball, off stump on the front foot flick, hit pad to point for 1 run. Ishant is about to unleash a vociferous appeal but he turns around to see the umpire holding out his arm for a no-ball. It looked pretty plumb, ball tracking shows it would've been umpire's call on leg stump. Could that be a big moment?
116.4
.
Ishant Sharma to Nathan Lyon. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot working, back to bowler for no runs, fielded by Sharma.
116.3
2
Ishant Sharma to Nathan Lyon. Length ball, off stump on the front foot working, to deep square leg for 2 runs, fielded by Bumrah.
116.2
1
Ishant Sharma to Josh Hazlewood. Reverse Swing-In yorker, off stump on the front foot working, to mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Vijay.
116.1
1
Ishant Sharma to Nathan Lyon. Length ball, off stump on the front foot flick, to deep mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Rahane.
In over# 116
Runs : 2 Bowler: Ravichandran Ashwin Wickets : 0
Over 116. 2 runs. Bowler: Ravichandran Ashwin. Australia: 9-274(rr 2.36)
115.6
.
Ravichandran Ashwin to Josh Hazlewood. Off break length ball, outside off stump on the front foot defending, to silly point for no runs.
115.5
.
Ravichandran Ashwin to Josh Hazlewood. Carrom length ball, outside off stump on the front foot, Left to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Pant.
115.4
.
Ravichandran Ashwin to Josh Hazlewood. Off break length ball, outside off stump on the front foot pushing, to mid off for no runs, fielded by Shami.
115.3
.
Ravichandran Ashwin to Josh Hazlewood. Off break length ball, outside off stump on the front foot defending, to short extra cover for no runs, fielded by Kohli.
115.2
.
Ravichandran Ashwin to Josh Hazlewood. Off break length ball, off stump on the front foot defending, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Pant.
115.1
2
Ravichandran Ashwin to Josh Hazlewood. Off break back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot working, to square leg for 2 runs, fielded by Bumrah.
Australia Men: 235 & 291 ( 98.4 & 119.5 ) overs
India Men 250 & 307 ( 88.0 & 106.5 ) overs
Toss - India won the toss and elected to bat.
India win by 31 runs
RR : 0
CRR : 2.43
Batsmen
R
B
4S
SR
L Rahul

c: Finch b: Hazlewood

2
8
0
25
M Vijay

c: Paine b: Starc

11
22
1
50
C Pujara

run out (Cummins)

123
246
7
50
V Kohli

c: Khawaja b: Cummins

3
16
0
18.75
A Rahane

c: Handscomb b: Hazlewood

13
31
0
41.94
R Sharma

c: Harris b: Lyon

37
61
2
60.66
R Pant

c: Paine b: Lyon

25
38
2
65.79
R Ashwin

c: Handscomb b: Cummins

25
76
1
32.89
I Sharma

b: Starc

4
20
1
20
M Shami

c: Paine b: Hazlewood

6
10
1
60
Not bat : Jasprit Bumrah
Bowlers
O
M
R
W
Econ
19.0
4
63
2
3.32
20.0
3
52
3
2.60
19.0
3
49
2
2.58
28.0
2
83
2
2.96
2.0
1
2
0
1.00
Batsmen
R
B
4S
SR
A Finch

b: Sharma

0
3
0
0
M Harris

c: Vijay b: Ashwin

26
57
3
45.61
U Khawaja

c: Pant b: Ashwin

28
125
1
22.4
S Marsh

b: Ashwin

2
19
0
10.53
P Handscomb

c: Pant b: Bumrah

34
93
5
36.56
T Head

c: Pant b: Shami

72
167
6
43.11
T Paine

c: Pant b: Sharma

5
20
1
25
P Cummins

lbw: Bumrah

10
47
0
21.28
M Starc

c: Pant b: Bumrah

15
34
1
44.12
N Lyon

not out

24
28
2
85.71
J Hazlewood

c: Pant b: Shami

0
1
0
0
Bowlers
O
M
R
W
Econ
20.0
6
47
2
2.35
24.0
9
47
3
1.96
16.4
6
58
2
3.48
34.0
9
57
3
1.68
4.0
1
10
0
2.50
Batsmen
R
B
4S
SR
L Rahul

c: Paine b: Hazlewood

44
67
3
65.67
M Vijay

c: Handscomb b: Starc

18
53
0
33.96
C Pujara

c: Finch b: Lyon

71
204
9
34.8
V Kohli

c: Finch b: Lyon

34
104
3
32.69
A Rahane

c: Starc b: Lyon

70
147
7
47.62
R Sharma

c: Handscomb b: Lyon

1
6
0
16.67
R Pant

c: Finch b: Lyon

28
16
4
175
R Ashwin

c: Harris b: Starc

5
18
0
27.78
I Sharma

c: Finch b: Starc

0
15
0
0
M Shami

c: Harris b: Lyon

0
1
0
0
J Bumrah

not out

0
10
0
0
Bowlers
O
M
R
W
Econ
21.5
7
40
3
1.83
23.0
13
43
1
1.87
18.0
4
55
0
3.06
42.0
7
122
6
2.90
2.0
0
13
0
6.50
Batsmen
R
B
4S
SR
A Finch

c: Pant b: Ashwin

11
35
1
31.43
M Harris

c: Pant b: Shami

26
49
3
53.06
U Khawaja

c: Sharma b: Ashwin

8
42
0
19.05
S Marsh

c: Pant b: Bumrah

60
166
5
36.14
P Handscomb

c: Pujara b: Shami

14
40
1
35
T Head

c: Rahane b: Sharma

14
62
1
22.58
T Paine

c: Pant b: Bumrah

41
73
4
56.16
P Cummins

c: Kohli b: Bumrah

28
121
3
23.14
M Starc

c: Pant b: Shami

28
44
2
63.64
N Lyon

not out

38
47
3
80.85
J Hazlewood

c: Rahul b: Ashwin

13
43
1
30.23
Bowlers
O
M
R
W
Econ
19.0
4
48
1
2.53
24.0
8
68
3
2.83
52.5
13
92
3
1.74
20.0
4
65
3
3.25
4.0
0
11
0
2.75

 

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