The team India has been touring Australia to play against the hosts in their beautiful grounds. ODI series and T20I series have already been done and dusted. Australian cricket team won the ODI series by 2-0 whereas the T20I series landed in the hands of the Indian cricket team by the same margin of 2-0.
Now it was time for the test series which had its first match on 17th December. Let’s take a look and read about how the hosts overpowered the guests and left them and the world surprised.
As it happened
In the first innings, India posted 244 runs on the board. Their captain, Virat Kolhi was the highest run-scorer as he made 74 runs in 180 balls which was followed by Cheteshwar Pujara’s 43 in 160 balls. The bowling side also had some remarkable performances as Mitchell Starc grabbed 4 wickets and Pat Cummins was able to send 3 batsmen back to the pavilion.
Next up, the Australian cricket team came to bat in which they were all out on 191. The 191 runs were achieved by the contribution of Tim Paine’s 73 off 99 balls and Marnus Labuschagne’s 47 off 119 balls. Ravichandran Ashwin’s bowling figures 4/55 and Umesh Yadav’s 3/40 were the highlights from the bowling side. India had taken 53 runs lead.
India’s all-time low
Now it was time for the Indian team to add some hefty numbers to their target but their plans were crushed heavily by the Australian bowlers.
As shocking as it seems, the whole Indian team was sent back to the dressing room when there were only 36 runs on the scorecard (which became the lowest total by the team in 65 years). None of the Indian batsmen was able to score any double figures. Mayank Agrawal’s’ 9 runs and Hanuma Vihari’s 8 runs were the most runs that any Indian batsman could achieve. Josh Hazlewood left 5 of the batsmen stunned conceding only 8 runs and Pat Cummins deprived 4 of the batsmen’s right to bat. Mohammad Shami was retired hurt, eventually ending India’s innings.
In contrast, Josh Hazlewood becmae the 18th Australian bowler to take 200 Test wickets.
Australia had to chase the target of 93 runs which was accomplished very convincingly as Mathew Wade scored 33 runs and J. Burns scored 51 runs with the loss of two wickets.
With the victory, Australia now takes the lead in the four match Border-Gavaskar series 1-0.