Australia win, India lose in the most brutal of the fashions.
After day two, it seemed that India are ahead of the game and will give Australia plenty of headaches in the remaining days to come but it reversed. It took Australia only 15.2 overs to rip through the nine batsmen and take the lead 1-nil in the Border-Gavaskar trophy.
Day two ended at the score of 9-1 with a good-looking lead of 62 runs with all the advantages and favors on Indian side and they were all set for a 1-0 lead over the Australians. But, but. What happened? Australia won the day-night Adelaide game by eight wickets in the second session on day three. Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood combined to pick nine wickets and peg back the visitors.
Australia started proceedings with rampage
After day two, India were way ahead of the match and were all set to take a hefty lead but the day started with Mayank Agarwal and Jasprit Bumrah coming to the crease.
It all started in the second over of the day when Pat Cummins had trapped Bumrah caught and bowled to bring the normal batsman, Cheteshwar Pujara on strike.
India needed its best batsmen to perform on the day but that didn’t happen. And soon that happened which no one had thought. Wicket after wicket started to crumble.
Pujara was out on a duck again to Cummins. Score, 15-4.
Josh Hazlewood came out to bowl for the first time in the second innings and immediately he made an impact. A good length ball had got the edge and Agarwal, top scorer for India with 9, departed on the first ball. A three balls later, another jolt. Ajinkya Rahane, who will captain India after the departure of Virat Kohli from the second test, has nicked in the same fashion as that of Agarwal and departed. The score which was 15-2 now became 15-5.
But still we have Virat Kohli on-strike. Wait, the next over, Kohli is gone. Pat Cummins had got the Indian skipper and Cameron Green caught him in the gully. Surely, India are on their way to register their lowest ever score.
It was then just a matter of time. All team was back to the pavilion at the score of 36. Mohammed Shami was hit on his hand by Cummins and he retired hurt. That means India are bundled for just 36 runs, their lowest score in Test cricket.
Australia win day-night Adelaide game by eight wickets
Target to win, 90 runs. That was done without any fuss or drama. The game was end in the second session with Australia winning it by comfortable eight wickets and taking the lead in the four-match Border-Gavaskar trophy 1-nil.
Matthew Wade was dismissed in the most unusual method. Hitting the ball to silly leg with Saha then throwing it to the stumps. Marnus Labuschagne was dismissed in trying to go for the maximum but top-edged the ball and was caught.
Joe Burns and Steve Smith got the team comfortably to an eight-wicket win. Burns finishing the chase with six that also brought up his fifty.
After the Adelaide game the teams will move to Melbourne for the second Test. Virat Kohli will take farewell from the Australian tour as he will head back to India on paternity leave. In his absence, Ajinkya Rahane will captain India in the remaining matches.
Tim Paine was the man of the match in the first match of the series. He scored a fighting 73 not out in the first innings effected seven dismissals in the game, all catches.
Man of the Match: Tim Paine
Result: Australia won by 8 wickets and lead four-match Border-Gavaskar series 1-nil