India takes a 1-0 lead by winning the 1st test by 31 runs on Day Five at Adelaide Oval. Austalia who were chasing the target of 323 after India put a competitive total of 307 also adding the 15 runs lead in the first innings.
Aussies lost wickets in succession after 11 overs, at the end of the Day 4 Australia’s scoreboard looked like 104-4 in 49 overs where both left-handers Shaun Marsh (31) and Travis Head (11) returned safely to the pavilion with 219 runs still to chase.
The chase continued on Day 5, Australia saw an early blow as Travis Head was send-off by Ishant Sharma with a lofty bouncer where Ajinkya Rahane was running ahead from gully to take an easy catch. Marsh kept scoring along with his skipper Tim Paine as both constructed a 41-run partnership which seemed to threaten India’s win.
Finally, Jasprit Bumrah came into the attack and got a break-through for India by nicking off Shaun Marsh who was batting at 60 which was the turning point of the match, and later got the wicket of Australian Skipper shortly after lunch.
Australia’s lower batting order stretched the chase as Cummins(28), Starc(28), Lyon(38*) and Hazlewood(13), each batsman contributed in double-figure scores, yet India managed to pick all the wickets before the end of Session 2 and thrilled with a dramatic victory.
The Saurashtrian star Cheteshwar Pujara played back-to-back knocks of 123 and 71 in the two Innings, leading India’s scoreboard. He was awarded as the man of the match for his wonderful batting.
The right-arm off-breaker R.Ashwin played an important role with the ball by chipping early wickets in both the Innings especially taking Australia’s tail’s man Usman Khawaja’s wicket twice who has the ability to put a big score on the board.
Jasprit Bumrah was the man responsible to get break-through whenever required, he got Peter Handscomb in the first innings for a soft dismissal who was looking all set, and later in second innings, he got Shaun Marsh who seemed very dangerous in the run-chase.
Stats and records:
- India is visiting Australia for the sixth time since 1999 to play a test series and it is the very first time that India has won the first test match of the series. The past 5 results of the first test of the series were L D L L L.
- Cheteshwar Pujara becomes 12th Indian batsmen to score more than 5000 runs in Test cricket. He is usually compared to the legendary batsman, Rahul Dravid and there is a co-incidence where both the batsman has reached the milestone of 3000,4000 and 5000 runs in the same number of innings.
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- Virat Kohli becomes the 4th Indian batsman to score more than 1000 runs in Australia. Players before him to score 1000 runs in Australia are Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, and VVS Laxman.
- Rishabh Pant surpassed Wriddhiman Saha in terms of most number of dismissals by an Indian wicket-keeper, taking 11 catches in this match. Previously Saha took 10 catches against South Africa in Cape Town.
- It was the match which saw the most number of dismissals in caught-outs that is 35 wickets out of 40 were taken as caught out by fielder or wicket-keeper. The previous one was 34 between South Africa and Australia earlier this year in Capetown.
The second test will start on December 14 at Perth Stadium, Perth.