Pacer Jaspreet Bumrah produced an excellent spell of bowling to see India beat Australia in the first Test of the series played in Adelaide. Virat Kohli’s men had to work hard to overcome a defiant lower-order resistance from Australia to win the game by 31 runs.
Hosts Australia showed some fight at the end as lower-order more than 100 runs on the final day of the Test match in Adelaide. This is the fifth victory for India in Australia and their first one since 2007-8 series. No Indian side has been able to win a Test series in Australia.
On the final day, India required six wickets to win the game. On the other hand, Australia needed to score 219 runs to close out a historic win. Pacer Jaspreet Bumrah bowled well and did most of the damage for India. He provided crucial breakthroughs for India when he was asked to bowl in the innings.
Travis Head could not replicate his first innings heroics as he was surprised by a vicious bouncer to see gully complete a clean catch. Marsh decided to dig deep and grind out runs against the likes of Ishant Sharma and co. He did struggle against the spin of Ravichandran Ashwin and but became comfortable as he spent more time at the crease.
Left-handed batsman Shaun Marsh showed grit and determination in the middle and scored 60 off 166 balls with the help of five fours. India’s first-choice wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant equaled the world record for most catches taken by a keeper in Test with 11 dismissals to his name. He also became the first Indian wicket-keeper to achieve the milestone in Test cricket.
Bumrah came into the attack in 72nd over of the innings and dismissed Marsh with an edge behind the stumps. He produced an excellent delivery to get rid of Marsh, who had so far shown resilience and application of the highest order. Australian Captain Tim Paine also chipped in with crucial runs and scored 41 off 73 balls with the help of four fours. He was dismissed by a short-pitch delivery from Bumrah to see India needing another three wickets to win the game.
Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc also produced crucial knocks to see India toil hard for wickets. Mohammad Shami came to the attack and dismissed Starc in the 100th over of the innings. Cummins and Starc added 41 runs in space of sixteen overs. Cummins really concentrated and consumed 121 balls for his 28 runs. Jaspreet Bumrah came into the attack and dismissed Cummins to see Australia lose their ninth wicket with 259 runs on the board.
Nathan Lyon played well for his unbeaten 38 off 47 balls and added 32 runs with Josh Hazlewood. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin picked up the wicket of Hazlewood to see India win the game and take 1-0 in the four-match series.
For India, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammad Shami, and Jaspreet Bumrah picked three wickets each. Ishant Sharma picked up one wicket in the second innings.
Bumrah, Pujara shine as India beat Australia by 31 runs in Adelaide
Earlier in the game, India won the toss and opted to bat first. Cheteshwar Pujara scored 123 runs off 246 balls to help India register 250 runs in their first innings. The rest of the batting lineup failed once again but Pujara came to the rescue to make sure India get a decent score on the board.
In reply, Australia’s go-slow approach really hurt their chances as they were dismissed for 235 runs in 98.4 overs. Travis Head was top-scorer for Australia with 72 runs off 167 runs. He added crucial runs with the lower-order to see Australia go past 200-run mark in their innings.
In the second innings, India produced a much better with the bat to score 307 runs in 106.5 overs. Indian Captain Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane produced crucial runs to see the visitors post 322 runs for Australia to win the game.
Cheteshwar Pujara was named the man of the match for his superlative batting performance in the Test match. The second game of the four-match Test series will be played on 14th Dec in Perth.