Adelaide, The Indian cricket team led by Virat Kohli scripted a memorable victory on Monday, beating Australia by 31 runs in first Test at Adelaide Oval, taking 1-0 lead in four-match series.
This is India’s first win on Australian soil in the last 10 years and sixth Test win on Australian soil overall. Also, this is India’s first opening game win of a Test series in Australia in the last 71 years.
Chasing a record target of 323 runs, the hosts were bowled out for 291 runs.
However, Australia resumed their second innings from its overnight score of 104/4. Ishant Sharma gave India its first breakthrough on the final day. Travis Head (14) was caught at gully by Ajinkya Rahane off Sharma. He added 31 runs with Shaun Marsh for the fifth wicket.
Marsh was then caught behind off Jasprit Bumrah. He added 41 runs with his captain for the sixth wicket.Australia Skipper Tim pain, who was looking good at the crease, was dismissed by Jasprit Bumrah.Paine went for the pull short, but the ball took a top edge and Risabh Pant ran to his left to get under the ball and took a simple catch. Paine added 31 runs with Pat Cummins.
Mitchell Starc was dismissed by Mohammed Shami for 28 runs off 44 balls. Shami pitched outside off, Starc went for the drive, but the ball took the outside edge and Pant made no mistake.
Starc and Pat Cummins put on 41 runs for the eighth wicket partnership.Cummins was dismissed by Bumrah. He wanted to play the ball in the cover reason but the ball took an edge and captain Virat Kohli took a good catch in the slip cordon.He along with Nathan Lyon stitched together a partnership of 31 runs for the ninth wicket.
In Ishant Sharma’s over, Lyon was plumped in the front of stumps, but the umpire signaled for a no ball.In the end, Ashwin took the 10th wicket of Australia in the form of Josh Hazlewood, trigging a wild celebration from the visitors.
However, Lyon and Hazlewood stalled India’s victory march for a while, but eventually, India emerged victorious.
Cheteshwar Pujara named Man of the match for making 194 runs in both the innings.
Shaun Marsh was the highest run-getter for the Aussies in their second innings with his 60 runs knock off 166 balls followed by Nathan Lyon’s 38 off 47, who came at No 10 to bat and frustrated Indian bowlers.