New Delhi: Australia has won the first test of four match series on Day 3 at Adelaide Oval on Saturday. After India were bundled out for their lowest Test total ever – 36 – in 21.2 overs in the second innings, Australia needed 90 runs to win with visitors conceding a 53-run lead in the first innings.
Opener Joe burns, who remained unbeaten on 51 off 63 balls while, sealed the victory with a six.
Australian bowlers showed some brilliant performance as they finished India’s mighty batting line up in a matter of minutes. Pat Cummins (4/21) and Josh Hazlewood (5/8) caused a carnage to skittle out India for just 36 which remains which is the third lowest total in the history of cricket.
India has begun their inning at the overnight score of nine for one and lost four wickets at the total of just 15 runs. India lost all its hope after skipper Virat Kohli, too, went back in the form of sixth wicket.
Mohammad Shami, the No. 11 batsman, was retired hurt and could not bat. The game turned out exactly as the Australia would have wanted with Indian batsmen losing wickets in every 2-minute of the game.
“It’s very hard to put those feeling into words. We had a lead of 60-odd when we arrived. And then just collapsed. Played two days of good cricket to get in a position and then just lose it in an hour. Really hurts. Probably didn’t have enough intent in the batting today. It’s something that needs to be reflected and learnt from. Bowlers bowled similar kind of areas in the first innings as well, but then our mindset was to get runs. There were some good balls. But I don’t think it did anything drastic. Just the atmosphere was created where runs were difficult to come by. I think it was a combination of both – lack of intent, and bowlers bowling in good areas. Obviously you want to be committed to the team’s cause. Confident the boys going forward will reflect on this and come up with a better result on Boxing Day. No news on Shami, he’s going for a scan now. Was in a lot of pain, couldn’t even lift his arm. We’ll probably know in the evening what happens,” said India skipper Virat Kohli.
“Said in the media both these attacks have the ability to take quick wickets. Didn’t expect it to come that quick. Was expecting a real dogfight. To hang in, give our bowlers a chance, and then turn up and start the day the way we did. Full credit to our bowling attack again. Nice to get off to a good start. Chuffed with the way we bowled in this Test. Still a bit of work to do with our batting. Burns is a really important part of our team. All cricketers know how hard it is to come out of a rut like that,” said Australia captain Tim Paine