India will want to forget their first ever pink ball test against the Kangaroos as soon as they can.
Australia wins the first test match of the series against India, on the second session of the third day’s play. India came strong into the third day with 62 runs lead with 9 wickets in hand. But India couldn’t hold that advantage for too long as they suffered a dramatic collapse. Australia in reply easily chased down with 8 wickets in hand the target of 90 runs.
India – First Innings
Previously, India having won the toss, elected to bat first had a decent first innings , had put up a fairly decent total on the first innings. With Pujara’s 42(160), Kohli’s 74(180) and Rahane’s 42(92), India managed to score 244 runs, before the couple of over at second day’s play. Aussies did a tremendously good job with the ball, with Starc picking 4 and Cummins 3. Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood shared 1 wicket each. Debutant Cameron Green went wicketless despite of a brilliant performance. However, it required a ridiculous miss communication with Rahane to pick the Indian skipper Kohli’s wicket.
Australia – First Innings
Australia didn’t look quite well in reply with the bat, except Tim Paine’s 73(99)* and Marnus Labuschagne’s 47(119). Indian bowlers did a fabulous job with the ball. Ravi Ashwin picked four, Bumrah had three and Umesh Yadav Managed to get two scalps. Australian experiment with the openers Wade and Joe Burns failed as they struggled throughout their batting scoring 8 runs each. Australia scored 191 runs before they got all out.
India – Second Innings
When India came in to bat, they had a fair lead of 53 runs. But they couldn’t take much advantage of that as they got all out for 36 in their second innings. India’s score of 36 is their lowest ever total in an innings. None of the team’s batsmen managed to score a double digit, when three batsman went for the duck. Josh Hazlewood picked a fifer, while Pat Cummins picked four. Shaw, Pujara, Bumrah and Kohli went to Cummins while Agarwal, Rahane, Vihari, Shah and Ashwin were part of the Josh’s fifer. Mohammad Shami was retiredhurt which can be a big blow for India in upcoming matches.
Australia – Second Innings
The target of 90 wasn’t really difficult for the Australians. Australia chased down the total easily in the 21 overs. It was a good chance for Joe Burns and Mathew Wade to get their touch back. Mathew Wade scored 33(53), and was runout by Shah. Marnus Labuschagne scored just 6 while Steven Smith stayed not out on 1(1). Joe Burns hit his 7th test 50, scoring six off the last bowl.
Winning Captain, Tim Paine was given the man of the match for his 73*.
It will be a tough task for the visitors to win this series being 1 – nil after the first test. They will be facing the Aussies without their captain, Virat Kohli, who is going back to attend his son’s birth.
Ajinkya Rahane will be captaining the side for remaining matches. Shami, most likely, being unavailable for the next match can be the headache for him.
India will face Australia in their second test of the tour on the boxing day at the MCG.