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India vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 5 at Adelaide Highlights - As It Happened

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: December 11, 2018, 7:24 AM IST

1st Test, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide 06 - 10 December, 2019

Toss won by India (decided to bat)

India beat Australia by 31 runs

Man of the Match: Cheteshwar Pujara


11:25(IST) Well, this happened as well!

Ravi Shastri:  "We lost the first Test in England by 31, lost the first Test in South Africa by about 60 runs, so this is a very good feeling  When you get off to a good start, there's belief. There was some rash shots played in the first innings, that was foolish cricket, but they learnt from it. Pujara was absolutely magnificent, we've asked him to be a little more upright to counter bounce in these conditions. The pacers need to a have to rest, to hell with the nets. You just come there, mark your attendance and get away to the hotel. We know the Perth track will have something for the fast bowlers. They need rest. I thought the bowlers were brilliant in the first innings, defending 250, the discipline was magnificent. They've worked on it, it's not come in overnight. As a bowling unit, when you show that discipline, it doesn't matter which side you play against. You will be successful.

You have to allow him to play his game (Rishabh Pant), that's the way he has come into the side, but he has to be a little more sensible now. He did the hard work in getting Lyon to spread his fields, so he has to be smarter. You make a mistake now, but don't repeat it.

The coach also admits that the management was worried by the way Aussie tail was performing!


Cheteshwar Pujara is named man-of-the-match: Playing before in Australia helped me, had prepared accordingly. We still need to improve as a batting unit overall and the credit for the victory should go to the bowlers. It means alot, my father was the one who started coaching me when I was 8. I am sure he would be proud of me today.


Virat Kohli: It was important to stay calm. The odds were against them after Pat Cummins was dismissed. I wouldn't say I was cool as ice but you try not to show it. It was just a matter of one mistake or one good ball. Super proud to have four bowlers and take 20 wickets to win this Test match. As I said earlier, it's up to our batsmen to step up in this series. Pujara and Rahane stood up in this match. I thought we were the better team and deserved to win overall.


Tim Paine: It was a really shattering loss, proud of fight by our lower order, we had a lot of opportunities to get ahead in 5 days, so credit to India.. We backed ourselves to win today, just needed someone to get a big score and we know our tail is capable, unfortunately none of us (Paine, Marsh and Head) couldn't bat long enough with the tail. Felt Pujara was the difference between two sides, we had a lot of opportunities to win this game. We will take a lot of confidence from today in Perth.


Rishabh Pant to broadcaster: It was very nervous in the end as they got close to the target, I am very happy to contribute to win, first time I am happy with the milestone as I also contributed to the win. I am happy as this is also my sixth Test. (On India's sixth Test win in Australia)


WICKET! Finally some reward for Ashwin, he tosses the ball up, Hazlewood looks to play it through the covers but gets an outside edge and KL Rahul takes a great low catch here. Kohli is delighted and India heave a sigh of relief. Lyon stands dejected and its all smiles for India. Also, a historic win as India have never won the first match of a series in Australia.


FOUR! Hazlewood is playing the upper cut now, but some really ordinary captaincy from Kohli here. The field is all spread and easy singles on the offer for both batsmen here, surely something needs to change here!


Still Ashwin fails to trouble the batsman from the other end, one really can't understand Kohli's tactics here. Probably the last couple of overs before tea here.


No ball from Ishant otherwise Lyon was a dead duck there, looked plumb but before India could appeal, Dharmasena had called no ball for overstepping. Lyon edges one to the boundary couple of balls later, 40 runs required now for Australia!


The required runs have come below 50 here, Lyon continues to get the runs while Hazlewood isn't having any difficulty in blocking the ball. He has already faced 28 balls here, Lyon has playd 29, is there another twist in the tale here


Most catches in a Test match

34 - SA vs AUS, at Cape Town, 2017-18

34 - AUS vs IND, at Adelaide, 2018-19

33 - AUS vs IND, at Perth, 1991-92


It seems every lower order batsmen will get in here, even Hazlewood looking solid at the moment against the Indian bowling. Still 53 runs required for victory here. 


Ashwin continues his fruitless labour here, Lyon looks to sweep him a couple of times but gets nothing. Probably time for Kohli to look at Ishant and Bumrah from both the ends


Hazlewood has come out to join Lyon now, still 63 runs required for victory. Surely, that's alot to do for Australia or can Lyon still script something memorable here


WICKET! Bumrah strikes, Cummins finally departs. Looks to go for the square cut but gets an outside edge and straight to Kohli at first slip. That was hit hard and was a sharp catch from the captain, his reaction tells the story as he throws the ball on the ground in frustration


Australia cross 250 here, they certainly aren't going down without a fight here. Lyon quickly moves to 16 off 19 balls. Required runs come below 70 at the moment, still no Ishant Sharma since lunch for India


Not the best of days for Ashwin as he continues to toil hard but without any result, he himself will certainly be disappointed with his effort. Still final two wickets remaining here and India need 76 runs for victory!


DROPPED! That should have been taken from Pant, would have been a record breaking catch. Fine delivery from Bumrah and it induces the edge, Pant though was going to his left and had to immediately change directions. He gets a hand on it but the catch goes down. Lyon survives!


Jasprit Bumrah has come back into the attack, should have happened a while ago. His speed only forcing Australians on the backfoot and making them think. Still 81 runs required for victory here


Crunching cover drive from Cummins and the ball goes for a boundary, before that a fine straight drive helped him pick three. Cummins certainly batting wonderfully at the moment, question is can he get some support from the other end!


Nathan Lyon is the new man at the crease here, he scored an unbeaten 24 in the previous game. A similar contribution right now will certainly help Australia! 


WICKET! Shami finally strikes as Starc runs out of patience, again bowled outside the off stump, Starc goes for the big expansive cut shot but manages an outside edge and Pant takes his 11th catch! It is also a record in terms of catches!

09:20(IST) Will this come back to haunt India then...


India vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 5 at Adelaide Highlights - As It Happened

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Latest Update and Live Score India vs Australia (Ind vs Aus):WICKET! Finally some reward for Ashwin, he tosses the ball up, Hazlewood looks to play it through the covers but gets an outside edge and KL Rahul takes a great low catch here. Kohli is delighted and India heave a sigh of relief. Lyon stands dejected and its all smiles for India. Also, a historic win as India have never won the first match of a series in Australia.

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Day 4 report: India took giant strides towards taking the series lead after reducing Australia to 104/4 in a stiff chase of 323 on Day 4 of the first Test in Adelaide. Ravichandran Ashwin and Mohammed Shami picked up two wickets each for the visitors to set the tone ahead of final day, with India sending down 49 overs in the Australian second innings before stumps were called. Australia started their chase nervously and almost lost opener Aaron Finch in the first over. Ishant Sharma trapped him leg before wicket but the opener decided to review and replays showed Ishant had overstepped. However, Ashwin struck at the stroke of tea, getting Finch caught behind for 11, though the snicko and hotspot showed no signs of any nick. Finch opted not to review.

His partner, debutant Marcus Harris, didn't last long either, edging one from Mohammad Shami to Rishabh Pant for 26. Ashwin then accounted for Khawaja (8) - who played a poor shot, holing out to deep extra cover where Rohit Sharma completed a fine catch - and when Shami removed Handscomb (14), it seemed India would scythe through the Australian middle-order. However, Shaun Marsh showed some fight for the hosts along support from the star of first innings Travis Head and carried them safely to stumps without further dents. Earlier, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane slammed valuable half-centuries as India set Australia a daunting target. Play started 30 minutes early to make up for rain disruptions on Saturday, and India started the day on 151 for 3. Australia were desperate for an early breakthrough but Rahane and Pujara tackled the Australian attack expertly, scoring quickly to extend India's lead. Pujara brought up his 20th half-century with a three off Lyon and hardly looked untroubled until he was snared by Lyon half an hour before lunch. At the other end, vice-captain Rahane was also solid, surviving a review for a bat-pad catch off Lyon. He made the most of the reprieve by smacking the next ball for four and brought up his 16th half-century with another boundary.

Rohit Sharma was the only failure with the bat, out for one with Peter Handscomb taking a good catch at silly point, again off Lyon. Rishabh Pant came out all guns blazing and targetted Lyon, hitting him for 18 runs in one over with three boundaries and a six right after lunch to give the Indian innings momentum. The wily spinner though had the last laugh, dismissing Pant for a quickfire 28 off 16. Rahane became Lyon's next victim as he looked to up the ante, dismissed for 70. The Indian lower-order folded up quickly, with Mohammad Shami and Ishant Sharma being dismissed for ducks. Starc ending with figures of 3/40 and helping clean up the tail. India will start the final morning aware that they hold the edge though Marsh can take some inspiration from his heroics last month at the same venue when he scored an unbeaten 163 to help Western Australia get past 313 to beat South Australia in a Sheffield Shield game. The highest successful fourth innings Test run chase at Adelaide in modern times was 239 in 1982, when the West Indies managed the feat. The only chase of 300 plus was achieved in 1902.

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