Australia vs India 1st Test: Australia is set to play the 1st test of the 4 match series against Australia in Adelaide Oval, Adelaide. India toured Australia to play 3 ODI, 3 T20I, and 4 Test match series.
Earlier India lost the ODI trophy to Australia and lifts the T20I trophy. Two teams lock their horns to play the much-awaited test series. In the previous tour, India beat Australia and lifts the test series trophy in absence of Steve Smith and David Warner.
Once again the two teams lock their horns to prove their worth in the longest format of the game. In the current test match, India will miss the service of Rohit Sharma owing to a hamstring injury.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli also granted paternity leave by BCCI and will leave Australia post the 1st test match.
Match: AUS vs IND, 1st Test
Venue: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Toss: India won the toss and opt to bat.
Australia vs India 1st Test Highlights(D/N)
Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal get into the crease to lead India. Australia’s Starc opens the bowling attack. Starc in the second ball of the innings dismissed Shaw and makes a huge blow for India.
Prithvi Shaw gone for 🦆 on just second ball of the 1st test.
— Times of Sports (@timesofsports) December 17, 2020
Early wickets will cost a lot in the long format games. According to that India will suffer a lot later. Cheteshwar Pujara gets into join hands with Mayank Agarwal and team India expects a descent partnership from the duo.
While India start to score in steady Cummins dismissed Agarwal for 17 runs. Mayank’s wicket boosts the Australian bowlers’ confidence as they dismissed Indian openers before the 1st break of the innings.
Mayank Agarwal Gone!
— Times of Sports (@timesofsports) December 17, 2020
Skipper Virat Kohli joins hands with Pujara and gets in pressure to build a massive partnership. With a steady inning, the duo leads India to score 41 runs for 2 wicket loss before the dinner break of the 1st day.
Post the dinner break Virat Kohli and Pujara continue the batting. The test expert Pujara and skipper Virat Kohli starts a steady innings and drags India to cross 50 runs in total.
The duo makes the much-needed partnership and Aussies struggles to break the partnership. Kohli injured his thumb while facing the 43rd over from Starc. The injury literally starts to bleed luckily for Kohli the ball fell well wide of the man at short mid-wicket to his right.
Virat Kohli hurts his thumb finger while defending starc 😑
— Times of Sports (@timesofsports) December 17, 2020
Starc starts to tease Virat Kohli with back to back bouncers. Virat for his counterpart remains calm and focused in his batting. The long stand of Pujara comes to an end while scoring 43 runs from 160 deliveries.
Lyon makes the massive wickets for Australia by dismissing Pujara. Pujara loses his wicket while India scored 100 runs for 3 wicket loss. Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane joins hands with skipper Kohli and expected to make a massive partnership which could strengthen the middle-order players’ mindset.
After Pujara’s wicket Kohli and Rahane play a slow inning inorder to save the wicket. The duo only gathered only 7 runs post his wicket. Tea break comes into effect at the end of the 55th over.
At this stage, India scored 107 runs for 3 wickets loss where Kohli and Rahane scored 39 and 2 runs respectively. Indian skipper Virat Kohli reached his half-century with controlled gameplay. Pressure starts to build over Aussies’ bowlers after Virat Kohli reached his half-century.
The duo poses a threat to Australia as their partnership crossed 78 when India scored 178 runs for 3 wickets at the end of the 75th over.
While the innings have been in the perfect way Virat Kohli loses his wicket in an unwanted runout. Bad call from Rahane, as a result, Kohli departures after scoring 74 runs. Hanuma Vihari gets in to join hands with Rahane.
Soon after Virat Kohli’s dismissal, Starc dismissed Rahane and sent backs to Pavillion while scoring 42 runs. Indian wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha gets into the crease and join hands with Vihari.
This duo too soon faces trouble when Hazlewood dismissed Vihari for 16 runs. Vihari scatters the expectations of scoring massive runs where India scored 207 runs for 6 wicket loss.
Ravichandran Ashwin and Saha lead the strike and need to set a decent first 1st innings against a team like Australia.
Day 1 Stumps
India scored 233 runs for 6 wickets loss. Where Ashwin and Saha remain in the crease after scoring 15 and 9 runs respectively.
Watch Aus vs Ind Day 1 Highlights
India’s lower-order batsmen are in pressure to drag India towards a total of 300. While a lot to happen Ashwin loses his wicket off the third delivery of day 2 innings. Starc in the followed over dismissed Saha for 9 runs. India’s dream of scoring 300 gets in doubt after Saha’s dismissal.
Can India reach 300 in total only with their bowlers unit?
India’s lower-order batsmen should execute a dramatic inning inorder to reach a total of 300 runs. Pressure builds over Bumrah and Yadav. Indian lower order strikers had never given a chance to face the aggressive Australian bowlers.
Starc dismissed Yadav for 6 runs. In the followed over Cummins dismissed Shami and puts an end to India’s first innings. Team India scored 244 runs at the end of the 1st innings.
Matthew Wade and Joe Burns get into the crease to lead Australia. Umesh Yadav opens the attack against Australia. Australian openers struggle to make runs as they finished the first 4 over as maiden.
It may be a strategy from the Australian side. Australia feels the importance of David Warner who ruled out of 1st test owing to a groin injury. Indian bowlers need to pick early wickets as the Aussies did in the first innings.
The Australian openers play in a controlled form to avoid the loss of early wickets. Bumrah did the much-needed thing for India by dismissing Wade for 8 runs. The long stand of Wade comes to an end. India made their maiden test wicket while Australia scored 16 runs.
Marnus Labuschagne gets into the crease and poses a threat over Indian bowlers by hitting 4 boundaries. Soon in the 17th over Bumrah again with his spell dismissed Joe Burns for 8 runs.
The much-awaited dangerous batsman Steve Smith enters the yard. Smith who holds the No.1 rank in the ICC Test batsman ranking list is capable of dragging the match towards their side.
India needs to break this dangerous partnership before they add a massive run to the team score. Before the dinner break, Australia scored 35 runs for 2 wicket loss.
Shami opens the attack after the dinner break. Smith holds his bat for too long and seeks perfect timing to start his aggressive striking. The man who pose threat to the Indian bowling team finally dismissed by Ashwin in his very first over.
Ashwin makes the necessary breakthrough. The dangerous Smith walks to Pavillion after scoring 1 run. Travis Head gets in to join hands with Marnus Labuschagne. Though Smith walks off still Labuschagne poses threat over Indian bowlers.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 18, 2020
Indian bowlers struggle to dismiss Labuschagne but they prevent him to make a partnership with other strikers. Ashwin with his spell dismissed Head for 7 runs in the 35th over.
Though Umesh Yadav fails to pick wickets he puts pressure over the batsmen with his impressive bowling economy. Ashwin in addition to this dismissed Green and restrict Marnus Labuschagne to build a partnership.
Tim Paine then join hands with Labuschagne and expects to make a partnership. While Indian bowlers put all their efforts to dismiss Labuschagne who poses a great threat for their side.
Skipper Tim Paine and Labuschagne leads Australia to score 92 runs for 5 wickets loss at this stage. Post the tea break, Umesh Yadav with his perfect spell at the perfect time makes a couple of wickets in the 54th over.
The much-awaited reward for Yadav’s tight bowling. Umesh dismissed Labuschagne and Cummins in the same over and loads pressure over Australia’s batting side. The dangerous batsman walks to Pavillion after scoring 47 runs.
The much-needed breakthrough for India. Still, the skipper is on strike and Starc joins the hands with skipper Tim Paine and leads Australia.
In the 61st over bowled by Ashwin Starc got dismissed by an unwanted run-out while scoring 15 runs. Australia scored 143 runs for 8 wicket loss at the end of the 61st over.
The pressure loads over Tim as he is the only batsman along with the bowlers’ unit. Ashwin again with his spell dismissed Lyon for 10 runs. Hazlewood for his contribution added 8 runs and dismissed in Umesh Yadav’s short delivery.
Tim Paine remains unbeaten after scoring 73 runs. Australia scored 191 runs for all 10 wickets.
India Batting(2nd innings)
This is the first time in eight day-night Tests Australia have failed to secure a first innings lead. Prithvi Shaw and Agarwal get in the crease to lead India. Starc opens the attack on behalf of Australia.
Prithvi Shaw again fails to show his worth as he dismissed by Cummins while scoring 4 runs. In order to balance day 2, Bumrah gets into the crease.
Day 2 Stumps
India ends day 2 after scoring 9 runs for 1 wicket loss. Where Mayank and Bumrah scored 5 and 0 runs respectively.
Watch Day 2 Aus vs Ind Highlights
Day 3 of the 1st test set as the worst nightmare for India as the guest start to lose back to back wickets without scoring even a double-digit run. Hazlewood and Pat Cummins shows their peak form in the 2nd innings as India scored only 36 runs in the 2nd innings while losing 9 wickets.
Hazlewood and Pat Cummins picked 5 and 4 wickets respectively under their names and restrict India to score further. In the 22nd over bowled by Cummins Shami faces an injury due to which he walks off and India’s innings just get over.
Australia Batting(2nd innings)
Wade and Burns get into the crease to lead Australia in the second innings. Wade starts the innings with a boundary of the second delivery. Australian openers played the innings without any pressure.
In the pre-session of the dinner break, Australia scored 15 runs for no wicket loss and in need of 75 runs to win the match. Australia keen to win the first match of the 4 test series in the third day of the match.
The duo continued to add runs with a steady strike rate. Though India has a winning percentage of nearly zero they still have a chance if they make back to back quick wickets as the Aussies did.
But the Australian team post a strong opening partnership and the duo surpassed 50 runs without losing any wickets. Wade in the 18th over loses his wicket via run-out. Ashwin in the followed over dismissed Labuschagne for 6 runs.
India picks their wickets after the Aussies placed themself in a good position. In the following over with a six Burns bags the victory for Australia.
Watch Day 3 AUS vs IND Highlights
- This is the first time in 26 Tests India have lost when Virat Kohli had won the toss
- This is the 35th time India lost the first Test of a series (2+ Tests) outside Asia – they ended up losing the series in 31 of those with three ending in a draw
Paine | Australia captain and Player of the Match
(Can you believe it?) No, not really. Said in the media both these attacks have the ability to take quick wickets. Didn’t expect it to come that quick. Was expecting a real dogfight. To hang in, give our bowlers a chance, and then turn up and start the day the way we did.
Full credit to our bowling attack again. Nice to get off to a good start. Chuffed with the way we bowled in this Test. Still, a bit of work to do with our batting. Burns is a really important part of our team. All cricketers know how hard it is to come out of a rut like that.
Kohli | India captain
It’s very hard to put those feeling into words. We had a lead of 60-odd when we arrived. And then just collapsed. Played two days of good cricket to get in a position and then just lose it in an hour. Really hurts. Probably didn’t have enough intent in the batting today.
It’s something that needs to be reflected and learned from. Bowlers bowled similar kinds of areas in the first innings as well, but then our mindset was to get runs. There were some good balls. But I don’t think it did anything drastic.
Just the atmosphere was created where runs were difficult to come by. I think it was a combination of both – lack of intent, and bowlers bowling in good areas. Obviously, you want to be committed to the team’s cause.
Confidence the boys going forward will reflect on this and come up with a better result on Boxing Day. No news on Shami, he’s going for a scan now. Was in a lot of pain, couldn’t even lift his arm. We’ll probably know in the evening what happens.
AUS vs IND Live Score
|India||244/10(1st innings), 36/9(2nd innings)|
|Australia||191/10, 93/2(2nd innings)|
Australia won by 8 wickets
AUS vs IND Scorecard
India 1st innings Scorecard
|Prithvi Shaw||b Starc||0||2||0||0||0|
|Mayank Agarwal||b Cummins||17||40||2||0||42.5|
|Cheteshwar Pujara||c Labuschagne b Lyon||43||160||2||0||26.88|
|Virat Kohli (c)||run out (Hazlewood/Lyon)||74||180||8||0||41.11|
|Ajinkya Rahane||lbw b Starc||42||92||3||1||45.65|
|Hanuma Vihari||lbw b Hazlewood||16||25||2||0||64|
|Wriddhiman Saha (wk)||c Paine b Starc||9||26||1||0||34.62|
|Ravichandran Ashwin||c Paine b Cummins||15||20||1||0||75|
|Umesh Yadav||c Wade b Starc||6||13||1||0||46.15|
|Jasprit Bumrah||not out||4||7||1||0||57.14|
|Mohammed Shami||c Head b Cummins||0||1||0||0||0|
Australia 1st innings Scorecard
|Matthew Wade||lbw b Bumrah||8||51||1||0||15.69|
|Joe Burns||lbw b Bumrah||8||41||0||0||19.51|
|Marnus Labuschagne||lbw b Umesh||47||119||7||0||39.5|
|Steven Smith||c Rahane b Ashwin||1||29||0||0||3.45|
|Travis Head||c and b Ashwin||7||20||0||0||35|
|Cameron Green||c Kohli b Ashwin||11||24||1||0||45.83|
|Tim Paine (c) (wk)||not out||73||99||10||0||73.74|
|Pat Cummins||c Rahane b Umesh||0||3||0||0||0|
|Mitchell Starc||run out (Prithvi Shaw/W Saha)||15||16||1||0||93.75|
|Nathan Lyon||c Kohli b Ashwin||10||21||1||0||47.62|
|Josh Hazlewood||c Pujara b Umesh||8||10||2||0||80|
India 2nd innings Scorecard
|Prithvi Shaw||b Cummins||4||4||0||0||100|
|Mayank Agarwal||c Paine b Hazlewood||9||40||1||0||22.5|
|Bumrah||c and b Cummins||2||17||0||0||11.76|
|Pujara||c Paine b Cummins||0||8||0||0||0|
|Kohli (c)||c Green b Cummins||4||8||1||0||50|
|Rahane||c Paine b Hazlewood||0||4||0||0||0|
|Hanuma Vihari||c Paine b Hazlewood||8||22||1||0||36.36|
|W Saha (wk)||c Labuschagne b Hazlewood||4||15||0||0||26.67|
|Ashwin||c Paine b Hazlewood||0||1||0||0||0|
Australia 2nd innings Scorecard
|Matthew Wade||run out (W Saha)||33||53||5||0||62.26|
|Joe Burns||not out||51||63||7||1||80.95|
|Marnus Labuschagne||c Mayank Agarwal b Ashwin||6||10||0||0||60|
|Steven Smith||not out||1||1||0||0||100|