Australia Vs India first Test Day 5 match highlights:
- India won the Adelaide Oval test match by 31 runs
- Chasing 323, Australia was dismissed for 291 on Day 5
- Cheteshwar Pujara was adjudged the man of the match for his 123 and 71 run innings
- With the win, India took a 1-0 lead in the four-match series
- The two sides will play the second test match on December 14 in Perth
Australia Vs India first Test Day 5 saw India register a famous win for themselves in Australia after they bowled out Australia on the final day of the test to take an all-important 1-0 lead in the series. A late rearguard effort by the hosts was thwarted by India just before the tea break with Ashwin picking Hazlewood to give India their sixth victory in Australia and only their second win at the Adelaide Oval.
India resumed the culminating day of the series opener 6 wickets away from a win that would see them win the test match of a series in Australia for the first time ever. Getting about their task quickly, India’s pacers were in devastating form in the opening session of the day, nabbing up three quick wickets to all but spell Australia’s doom. Jasprit Bumrah led the charge in the pre-lunch session, dismissing Paine and Starc early on courtesy of a fine spell of pace bowling that saw him bend his back in and knock the ball hard into the surface to extract good pace and bounce on a day 5 pitch that had gone off to sleep.
With the win just a formality away for India, their biggest nemesis struck to unravel the visitors’ nerves. Inability to wrap up the tail yet again in a test match this year saw Australia wage a battle after lunch with Cummins(28), Starc(28), Lyon(38) and Hazlewood(14) sticking around far longer than the Indians would have liked.
As India kept changing tactics bowling the quick bowlers, in short, sharp spells, Australia’s bowlers kept going on their merry way. From a nothing situation, they changed the course of the match to bring their side right back into the game, unsettling the Indians whose body language clearly showed they were under pressure.
However, the Indians refused to chase the game on Australia Vs India first Test Day 5, sticking true to their game and maintaining their focus and concentration. Executing their plan despite it taking longer than expected to come to fruition, India was just a wicket away with Australia needing 64 runs before Lyon and Hazlewood put on a mammoth last wicket stand.
A partnership that started off looking to just delay an impending Indian win brought alive Australia’s hopes of an unlikely victory with Lyon and Hazlewood continuing to chip away the runs. Facing more than 10 overs, the duo put on 33 runs for the 11th wicket, hitting a flurry of boundaries towards the end to edge within 31 runs of the target.
With just an over to go before tea, Ashwin finally gave India the final breakthrough to pick up his first wicket of the day and stamp for India a win that will go down long in the history books of India’s cricket folklore. A win, whose importance was emphasised not only by the emphatic celebration by the players on the field but by the millions of Indian supporters watching from all over.