India on Monday registered a dramatic victory against Australia by 31 runs at the Adelaide Oval in the first Test match. This is the tourists’ first win against the Aussies since 2008 and only sixth Test win in Australia ever. India now lead the four-Test match series 1-0.
The hosts were chasing a target of 323 runs to win, but were all out for 291 runs. Australia had resumed the day five in Adelaide on 104 for 4. They were reduced to 187 for 7 after Shaun Marsh played a gutsy knock of 60 and Tim Paine scored 41. Nathan Lyon made 38.
Australia were playing without the suspended Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft. It was their first home Test series since the ball-tampering scandal rocked the Australian cricket in March this year.
India’s Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored 123 in the first innings and 71 in the second, was declared Man of The Match. He dedicated his honours to his father, who he said had begun coaching him from the age of eight. “It means a lot, he started coaching me when I was just 8-years-old and he is very passionate about the game. He will be a proud father today. He believed in me more than I did. I would like to thank him for all his support throughout my career.”
The two sides will lock horns in the second Test match in Perth on Friday.
Reacting to India’s victory, skipper Virat Kohli said, “Obviously it’s a great feeling, we’ve never taken a lead in a series in Australia. I think our fast bowlers came in and bowled with great heart but we knew (Australia) were not going to throw in the towel.”
Australian skipper Tim Paine said that the result was ‘pretty shattering’ for his side. He said, “Really proud of the fight of the lower order but I think over the five days we had a number of opportunities to get ahead of the game but failed to capitalise on any of them and India thoroughly deserved to win.”
Indian wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant equaled the record by taking 11 catches in the match. Previous Eland’s Jack Russell and South Africa’s AB De Villiers had achieved this feat.