Aus vs Ind, Adelaide

India won by 31 runs

Aus - 291 & 235
Ind - 307 & 250

4pm local: A great Test match to kick off what should be an incredible series between these two teams. Indian fans have seen decades of the same cycle repeating again and again. Waking up at ungodly hours with anticipation, then watching the nightmare unfold through their half-open eyes. But this time promises to be different, exemplified none better than by how their quicks outbowled Australia's. However, this isn't one and done. Australia are hurting. They're not going to go down that easy as their lower-order showed today. Perth can't come sooner. But we'll wait, because we know it'll be worth it. That's all from today. This is Sagar Chawla signing off on behalf of Nikhil Jadhav, Hariprasad Sadanandan, Pradeep Krishnamurthy, Raju Peethala and our scorer Venkatesh.


Closest Test wins for India (by runs):
13 v Aus, Mumbai WS, 2004
28 v Eng, Kolkata, 1972-73
31 v Aus, Adelaide, 2018
37 v WI, Port of Spain, 2002
49 v WI, Kingston, 2006

Six wickets for Ashwin. His best match figures in Australia.
Previous best: 5/209, MCG, 2014

India winning first Test of a series in 'SENA':
Dunedin, 1967/68 (Won series 3-1)
Auckland, 1975/76 (1-1)
Lord's, 1986 (2-0)
Joburg, 2006/07 (Lost 1-2)
Hamilton, 2008/09 (1-0)
Adelaide, 2018/19 *

India is the second Asian side to win the first Test of a series in Australia after Pakistan at the MCG in 1978/79 (series 1-1).

This is the second instance of India winning three Tests outside Asia in a calendar year after three wins in New Zealand in 1968.

Pujara is the only batsman to score 50+ in all of India's three away wins in 2018:
50 off 179, 1st inngs, Joburg
72 off 208, 2nd inngs, Trent Bridge
123 & 71, Adelaide

Virat Kohli is the first Indian captain to win Tests in Australia, England & South Africa.
Rahul Dravid & MS Dhoni won Tests in England & South Africa but not in Australia.

Virat Kohli's record when he wins the toss:
Tests: 20
Won: 17
Draw: 3

Highest inngs totals without a 50+ stand:
291 Aus v Ind, Adelaide, 2018 *
284 Ban v WI, Kingston, 2004
277 Aus v SA, Brisbane, 1952
275 WI v Eng, Leeds, 1988
In eight away Tests he won the toss, India went on to win seven and draw one (vs Ban, Fatullah, 2015).

Among captains who haven't lost a Test after winning toss, Don Bradman in the second best after Kohli - nine wins & one draw in ten Tests.

Last three instances of Australia losing first Test of a home season:
2018/19 v Ind, Adelaide
2016/17 v SA, Perth
1988/99 v WI, Brisbane

Most batsman out caught in a Test:
35 SA v Aus, Cape Town, 2018
35 Aus v Ind, Adelaide, 2018
33 Aus v Ind, Perth, 1992


Ravi Shastri: Very very happy with this win. It was a tough, tough Test match. The boys were disciplined and they stuck to their task. We lost in England by 31 runs, we lost a close first match in South Africa by around 60 runs but this is a very good win, feels really good. There's belief in the team when you get off to a good start. There were some rash shots played, some foolish cricket but they learnt from their mistakes and rectified it in the second innings. They'll have to rest (the pacers) and be fully fit for Perth. There's plenty on offer for the fast bowlers but they'll have to be at their best. The pacers were brilliant in the first innings, something they've worked on. As a bowling unit when you show such kind of discipline, you can put any side under pressure. You gotta allow him (Pant) to play his game. He has to be a bit sensible and smart now. If he makes a mistake I'll be in his ears.

Pujara, MoM: Most important thing for me was the preparation. When I was back home, I knew what to expect from Australian pitches. The hundred was special. Ultimately winning the Test, credit goes to the bowlers. Getting a 15-run lead was a psychological advantage. Self-belief from the teammates was what made it possible. Always back my ability, have got enough experience playing for the Indian team. As a batting unit, we have a lot to improve on. We learn from our mistakes, and played much better in the second innings. Means a lot. He's someone who started coaching me when I was 8 years. He would be a proud dad.

Virat Kohli, winning captain: (About the close finish) These things happen in Tests, ups and downs through a game. You need to just stay calm. Odds were stacked against them. They fought really well but we executed our plans well and got that last wicket which were intending to get. (Whether he felt the heat) I wouldn't say I was cool as ice but you just don't try to show it. Jasprit was getting worked up in his last over but I just told him to relax. Super proud (of the bowlers), to have four bowlers and take 20 wickets is a great achievement. Something that we haven't done in the past. Shows us that if the batsmen step up regularly, we will be gunning for a win in every Test match. Collectively we were the better team and deserved to win. (On Pujara's knock) Priceless from Pujara, we were down and out at lunch on day 1. His grit and determination brought us back in it. We always knew that runs on the board would make the home side tentative. Any lead was gold and we got 15. In the second innings again, he and Rahane batted well. (Whether he thought 323 was enough) I think our lower middle order and lower order could have done better. We could have added another 30-35 runs more which could have taken the game totally beyond Australia. So these are things that we have to think about going to Perth but if someone had told me before the series that I would be 1-0 up as soon we started the series, I would have taken it with both hands.

Tim Paine, losing captain: It's pretty shattering really. Proud of the fight from the lower order. A well-deserved win for India. We thought we could win, no doubt about that, but our batters couldn't bat for long enough with our tail. We saw how the pitch is playing and told ourselves we are gonna dig deep, but unfortunately, myself, Travis and Shaun couldn't bat long as long as we should have. That's (Pujara's innings) the difference between the two sides. Really hard to get him (Pujara) out. We gotta cope with the belief that we can win this Test series, we just need someone in our top six to go big . My finger is fine.

15:40 Local Time, 05:10 GMT, 10:40 IST: Indian players in absolute raptures out there. Mad scenes at the Adelaide Oval. This is the first time they've won the first Test match of a series in Australia, but after the final day we've had, there'll be a lot more to remember it by than just the record. Australia put up a brilliant rearguard today, with their final six wickets making India earn every bit of their success. Nothing was given easy. And through sheer grit and determination, right until the last pair, they made the visitors sweat and took it close. But credit to India too, for keeping their nerves towards the end when they could've easily lost the plot in the face of unbearable tension. No Smith, no Warner, but the massive achievement of their victory should in no way be downplayed. This was sensational! Let's hear from the presentations..

Rishabh Pant: It was very nervous because they were coming close, but we did well in the end. This is my first time getting this milestone (claiming record 11 catches in a Test match), but happy to be winning this Test match. Very thrilled, this is also my sixth Test, that's why I'm happy for Team India. I always enjoy troubling the batsmen actually (talking about the banter behind the stumps) because I want them to concentrate on me and not on the bowlers.

119.5 Ashwin to Hazlewood, out Caught by Rahul!! 33.4 overs without reward today, Ashwin has come and come, and now he's produced the killer blow. The emotions on the field are unlike anything else. What a teaser this ball was, something that Hazlewood just couldn't resist. Thrown up in the air for the drive, he takes the bait and then gets floored by the turn. An amazing low catch from Rahul at second slip. If India wanted one player to be there, it was probably him the way his slip catching has come along. Wow what a Test match. Hazlewood c Rahul b Ashwin 13(43) [4s-1]

Ashwin to Hazlewood, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

119.4 Ashwin to Hazlewood, no run, takes his bottom hand off and safely defends into the ground in front of silly point

119.3 Ashwin to Hazlewood, no run, defended to silly point

119.2 Ashwin to Hazlewood, no run, flighted up on the stumps, defended back down the pitch

119.1 Ashwin to Hazlewood, no run, under-cutter from Ashwin, it slides in off the pitch and catches Hazlewood on the inside edge, before dropping safely off his thigh

118.6 Bumrah to Hazlewood, 1 run, full ball slanted away from off, the ambition rising from Hazlewood who looks to drive through cover but gets a thick outside edge which rollls past second slip and down to third man

118.5 Bumrah to Hazlewood, FOUR, ho-ho-ho-ho! How's that for a shot from Hazlewood. Short ball angling away, he arches underneath and ramps it over the slips. A bit more cheer in that Australian dressing room. This is getting tense

118.4 Bumrah to Lyon, 1 run, no gully, doubt whether he would've got to it in any case. Lyon had gone hard on the drive once again and this flew off his outside edge down to third man

118.3 Bumrah to Hazlewood, 1 run, short of length on middle from over the wicket, Hazlewood flees from the line of this ball and dabs it through to deep backward point

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