India on Monday (Dec 10) claimed historic victory against Australia as they have never won a series in Australia. India won the first Test against Australia at the Adelaide Oval by 31 runs. Australia were all out on 291 in their second essay. Earlier, India removed Travis Head and Shaun Marsh in the first session of the fifth and final day to close in on victory.
Set a target of 323, Australia reached 186 for six at lunch at the Adelaide Oval. Starting from overnight 104 for four, the Head-Marsh partnership lasted only 7.4 overs before India forced a breakthrough with the old Kookaburra ball. Wicketkeeper Pant made history by matching the record 11 catches in a Test currently held by England’s Jack Russell and South Africa’s AB de Villiers. In doing so, he beat the record 10 catches in a game by an Indian that was previously held by Wriddhiman Saha.
It was a huge breakthrough for Virat Kohli’s men, with Australia always proving a tough hunting ground. The last Test they won in Australia was at the WACA Ground in Perth in 2008, and the last one in Adelaide was 2003, with just six victories now in more than 70 years – and never one in the first match of a series Down Under. Rohit Sharma went off the field an hour before lunch with a lower back issue and is being receiving medical attention.
India scored 250 in their first innings with Cheteshwar Pujara anchoring with his 16th Test century. Australia replied with 235 and conceded a 15-run lead. The visitors then finished 307 in their second innings, including a collapse of 5 for 25, and set a 323-run target on day four.
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17 November, 2019