New Delhi: In their 82-year Test cricket history, India fell to lowest-ever innings total here in Adelaide as they could score only 36 runs in their second innings against mighty Australia. Before this, India’s worst Inning total was 42 against Mike Denness’s England at Lord’s in 1974.
Mohammad Shami, the No. 11 batsman, could not bat as he was retired hurt. The game turned out exactly as the Australia would have wanted with Indian batsmen losing wickets in every 2-minute of the game.
Australia has now come to bat and need only 90 runs to take 1-0 lead in the five-match series. Thanks to India’s 53-run lead in the first innings, the host will take some time to register victory in the first match.
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.
In a matter of few minutes, India lost Wriddhiman Saha and R Ashwin on successive deliveries to be 26 for eight. Hanuman Vihari tried to save the innings but couldn’t take it much forward with India ending up the third lowest of score of all time in the history of world Test cricket.
Australia’s bowling was just majestic in the second innings. Pacer duo of Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc along with Josh Hazlewood wrecked havoc in the Indian team.
The visitors were bowled out for for 21.2 overs.
Meanwhile, Australia has started its innings with a steady game. As of now, the hosts have scored 15 runs without losing any wicket.