Early wickets would be top priority for India on the final day of the Adelaide Test. Mohammed Shami and Ravichandran Ashwin tore through the Australian top order on Day 4, leaving them on 104/4 while chasing a target of 323. At one point on the penultimate day, it looked like India might bat Australia out of the game but a lower order collapse ensured that Australia remained alive at the start of their second innings.
Shaun Marsh and Travis Head will be continuing from their overnight scores of 31 and 11 respectively. Nathan Lyon had said on Sunday that Australia have to invoke the spirit of Dubai to save this Test. Catch live score and updates of Day 5 of the first Test between India and Australia from Adelaide.
India had to deploy Murli Vijay, the opening batsman, to do some bowling.
Marsh looked dangerous, but couldn’t see through, fell to Bumrah nicking one for Pant the wicket keeper. It was a superb innings nevertheless, looked rock solid from ball one, hardly flustered at all, but…..
Tim Paine, the skipper, could not finish the match himself.
R Pant got 11 victims in this match, his 6th Test. It is equal to the world record. It is the best as the most dismissals as a WK in a Test for India so far. Only Russel and DeVilliers have done so earlier.
More than four-fifths of the job done. Australia fell just a few runs short to wipe out the past memories. Australia’s 10th wicket pair – Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood stitched together a frustrating partnership.
India’s lower order batting, who fall like pack of cards every time, got some patient batting lessons from Australia’s lower order. Even Pant has to admire Pat Cummins, Starc and Lyon who displayed the virtues of patience.
India has never won the first test of a series in Australia. That will change today. But India has had to huff and puff for it.
India did win the Test match after a long time to regain authority in overseas tours.
PLAYER OF THE MATCH : Cheteshwar Pujara
This is the first time they’ve won the first Test match of a series in Australia..