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Australia cruises to victory in Adelaide after demolishing India for 36

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Australia has galloped to victory by eight wickets in the first Test after producing an astonishing display of fast bowling to knock over India for a woeful 36 — its lowest ever score in a Test innings and the fourth lowest of all time.

Not one Indian batsman reached double figures in a humiliating, 21.2-over innings that will surely leave mental scars ahead of the rest of the series, in which Australia now has a 1-0 lead.

Although as pitiful as the Indian card looks, India’s batsmen did little wrong on day three in Adelaide in the face of what Josh Hazlewood (5-8) described as the best spell of bowling of his career as he notched his eighth five-for in Test cricket.

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Any frailties in the Indian line up were brutally exposed by some precision fast bowling from the trio of Hazlewood, Pat Cummins (4-21) and Mitchell Starc (0-7).

Australia’s success came as a result of bowling a fuller length on a pitch that played harder and faster than on the previous two days.

All three Aussie quicks relentlessly targeted the top of off stump, forcing the Indians to fend and protect against a ball that was moving laterally and climbing precipitously off the third-day deck.

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After night watchman Jasprit Bumrah (2) was dismissed in the second over of the day, spooning a catch back to Cummins, the floodgates opened.

Australian bowler Pat Cummins catches out Indian batsman Jasprit Bumrah.(AAP: Dave Hunt)

Cummins landed the big breakthrough the very next over when Cheteshwar Pujara (0) feathered one behind to Tim Paine for an eight-ball duck.

Paine took five catches overall, including two in the very next Hazlewood over as Mayank Agarwal (9) and Ajinka Rahane (0) both followed Pujara into the sheds without adding a run in a double-wicket maiden.

With India’s hopes of a first Test victory tumbling around him, Virat Kohli (4) abandoned his first-innings strategy of restraint and attacked.

He flashed one ball from Cummins past gully for four to get off the mark, but when he attempted to repeat the trick next up he fired it straight to Cameron Green.

Green juggled and bobbled the ball on his way to the ground, but the video showed no evidence that he had grassed the ball and Kohli had to depart.

Those first five wickets of the day fell in just 35 balls — for the addition of just 10 runs.

With his tail up, Hazlewood raced towards his five-for with another double wicket maiden by dismissing Wriddhiman Saha (4) and Ravichandran Ashwin (0) in successive balls, before claiming Hanuma Vihari (8) in his next over.

Things could not get much worse for India, but Cummins helped make sure this was a day to forget by forcing Mohammed Shami to retire hurt after slamming a rising delivery into his forearm, leaving India a bowler short for Australia’s chase.

With Australia’s opening pair coming off a poor first innings, it would have caused a few jitters if they had gone early, even with just 90 runs to chase.

But Matthew Wade (33 from 53) showed he wasn’t going to take a cautious approach to the chase, and while Joe Burns did have a nervous start, he soon found his comfort zone and the runs were gobbled up quickly.

The only hitches were a bizarre run-out for Wade and a skied shot by Marnus Labuschagne (6).

Burns hooked for six to secure the win and snatch an unbeaten half century.

The Australians secured the win before supper on day three, to take a firm grip on the four-match series after India had started an incredible day’s play as the firm favourites to win this Test.

See how it all unfolded in our live blog.

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Australia wins the first Test by eight wickets!

         

Well, who would have predicted this when India were 1-9, 51 runs ahead of Australia at the start of play?

         

A monumental bowling performance from Australia to knock over India for a frankly pathetic 36 – its lowest ever Test score.

             

Then, Joe Burns, whose spot in the team was in serious doubt right up to the morning of the Test, hits a six off the final ball to get a fifty and win the game.

         

Cricket hey?

Audience comment by also longing for gifs

Well played (non) Beardy Burnsie… I don’t know if it will save you given the form/talent makeup we have, but great to see you deliver!<br><br>Follow up question: what do I do for the next couple of days?

Audience comment by Mike

Thanks for an entertaining blog guys, see you in Melbourne.

By Simon Smale

Loved every moment of this test blog. Three cheers for Simon and Dan for making me feel like I was there. Are you rostered on for Boxing Day?

-Han

         

Thanks Han.

       

On Boxing Day it will be myself and Dean Bilton in the hot seat.

By Simon Smale

‘It really hurts’: Virat Kohli

             

AP

         

Indian skipper Virat Kohli said that the team were devastated by the performance with the bat today.

             

“It is very hard to put those feelings into words,” Kohli said.

           

“[We] just collapsed completely. As I said, it is very hard to find words to express how everyone is feeling in the change room.

               

“When you work hard for two days, you play some good cricket to get yourself in a good cricket to get yourself in a good position and then in literally an hour you put yourself in a position where it is impossible to win, it really hurts.”

               

Kohli said his team did not show enough “intent” when batting and that they should have “moved the game forward a little bit”.

               

“It is something that needs to be reflected and learn from. We need to put in better performances going forward.”

             

Kohli said that the Australian bowlers bowled in similar areas to how they bowled on the first day, although admitted “there were some good balls” and that he did not think “the ball did something drastic.

                 

“I think it was a combination of both lack of intent and consistent areas from the bowlers as well.”

            

Kohli leaves the team to return to India to be at the birth of his first child after this Test, and admitted that he had hoped to get a win to put the side into a good position before he left.

                  

“Well, obviously you want to be committed to the team’s cause and you want the team to perform really well. A result in this game would have been really nice.

             

“We really worked hard towards it in the first two days. But yes, look, I’m pretty confident that the boys going forward will reflect on this and they will come out with a stronger performance on Boxing Day and try to get a result our way so that the series gets more interesting.

                 

“I have no doubt that the boys will reflect and come out stronger.”

By Simon Smale

Tim Paine: ‘We still have a lot of work to do with the batting’

             

Man of the match Tim Paine spoke after the match, saying that he could not believe how many wickets fell in the first session today.

           

“I said this morning in the media I thought both of these attacks have the ability to take really quick wickets. I didn’t think they would be coming that quick,” Paine said. 

           

“We were expecting a real dog fight right to the end, late to day four, maybe day five in this Test. 

               

“Again it shows the talent we have got with the ball. When our boys execute and there is anything in the wicket that’s what can happen.”

              

Paine said his 73 was vital in the context of the game.

         

“For the team, yes, very important to get close to that total and keep us in the game.

            

“Obviously at 5/79, if we lose another couple of quick ones then India are a long way ahead of the Test match.

               

“To hang in to give our bowlers a chance to have a little bit of a crack under lights last night and then turn up and to have Pat [Cummins] start the day like he did and then Josh Hazlewood from his very first ball today was just on.”

        

Paine said that there was still a lot of areas Australia needed to improved on.

                 

“Nice to get off to a good start. No doubt about that. Rapt with the way we bowled in the Test match.

                 

“We still have a lot of work to do with the batting. The first innings batting was well below what we would expect. It is good to have a good win and not play anywhere near our best fills our team with confidence.”

By Simon Smale

Burns always confident of making runs

          

Joe Burns hit the winning runs, but arguably would not have started had David Warner and Will Pucovski been fit to play.

      

He was in woeful form coming into the Test, but came back well today and made a Test fifty, hitting a six to score the winning runs.

              

“I have been trying to keep it as simple as possible,” Burns said.

             

“I know I can do the basics as well, make runs.

           

“[Australia coach Justin Langer] has been fantastic. Obviously the selectors sticking with me as well help.

             

“You get out here, get in the contest, open the batting for Australia it is very easy to get motivated and focussed on the job at hand especially with a great opposition.”

             

Burns took a nasty blow on the elbow, but says  he has an idea on how to cure it.

           

“Pretty sore. Might numb it with a few beers.”

By Simon Smale

Tim Paine, player of the match

       

Five catches this morning, a match-saving 73 runs in that first innings, and Australia’s captain has won the player of the match award.

By Simon Smale

How does India come back from that?

         

What a bruising defeat for India that was. 

             

The first Test of any series is so important, but to lose from such a dominant position mid-way through Australia’s first innings will leave some terrible mental scaring you’d think.

       

Let’s just remember all those appalling dropped catches during Australia’s first innings. Labuschagne and Paine went on to make 47 and 73 after being dropped early in their innings. Take 90 runs off Australia’s first innings total and what do you have? A far more imposing total for Australia to chase, even with India’s poor second innings.

           

Now, with question marks over the fitness of Mohammed Shami – who was the best bowler in the first innings for me, despite not taking a wicket – and captain Virat Kohli leaving the team for the next three Tests, how does India come back?

By Simon Smale

21st over – Yadav to Smith

           

Off the mark first ball is Smith, tucking that ball off his pads to square leg for a single.

             

Burns flashes at that one outside of off stump and that’s four more! This bloke was averaging less than 8 coming into this match for the season, yet he’s now playing with all the timing of a player in great touch. It’s a funny game, cricket.

             

He can’t score off the next ball, fending a fuller ball away.

          

Burns flashes away at another, but does not make contact.

                  

Australia needs three to win, Burns on 45… Six anyone? 

             

OH HE’S GONE FOR IT! SIX RUNS!

       

GAME OVER! AND FIFTY FOR BURNS!

          

A lovely hook shot down to the fine leg boundary, Bumrah made a valiant effort but could not stop it and what a way for this insane day of Test cricket to end.

By Simon Smale

20th over – Ashwin to Burns

        

Nice sweep shot backward of square, this has been just what he has needed, another four to the total. Nine to win.

               

Now a single, just tucked down to fine leg off his pads. He moves to 41.

           

Marnus leans back and pushes into the off side, but straight to deep gully, no run.

     

OUT! MARNUS LABUSCHAGNE GOES FOR SIX!

         

Labuschagne skipped down the pitch but never got there, launching the ball straight up in the air and Agarwal takes the simple catch – although judging by India’s catching in the first innings, it was no certainty…  

        

Looking at the ball, there was some drift and dip on that ball from the off spinner, great deception and another wicket to India.

      

The batsman crossed, so Burns has the duty of seeing out the last ball of the over.

Audience comment by Bruce

Burns outscored Smith for the test match and Australia win… Not a bet you’d have taken

By Simon Smale

19th over – Yadav takes on Labuschagne

       

Marnus jabs his bat down on a yorker and gets a single into the leg side.

                

Burns with a confident shot square on the leg side for another single.

               

Edgy from Marnus through gully though for another couple of runs. He got squared up a little there, Marnus…

              

Labuschagne jams the bat down on the ball, it bounces back to Yadav for a single.

            

Two more for Marnus as Yadav goes a bit too straight – doesn’t look like his heart is really in it now.

           

Oh, a bumper that rises on Marnus to end the over – he just about gets his bat out of the way.

       

Australia needs 13 runs to win. 

Audience comment by I only like the cream part

Have you got an address for Mike so I can drop off his box of mango weis bars? Will never be able to eat another one without thinking of this test.

By Simon Smale

Good job India feeling proud

-Satya

             

By Simon Smale

18th over – Ashwin to Wade

            

Wade defends the first.

      

OUT! WADE HAS TO GO!

           

Wow, what happened there? Wade chopped the ball away on the leg side and took off for a single, but the ball hit Shaw’s shin guard at bat pad and cannoned straight back to Saha, who flicked the ball backwards through his legs to effect the run out!

             

Partnership broken – 20 to win…

               

            

Marnus Lanuschagne comes out. He attacks the first ball and it loops into the air! The Indian fielders lost sight of it? Not sure there was an edge onto pad anyway, but boy that was not ideal…

       

He has another little swing at the next ball and makes minimal contact… Careful Marnus…

       

A quick single now and he’s off the mark. Hopefully that’s enough to calm him a little…

         

Burns blocks the final ball of the over. 

By Simon Smale

Got a feeling we mii-iight just squeak thro and win this Test now! 😉 (What a difference a day makes. Wouldn’t have guessed that last night.)

-StevoR

         

By Simon Smale

17th over – Yadav to come back into the attack

           

Wade tucks one off his hip for a single down to fine leg.

                 

Burns attacks again! A very uppish hook shot that flies high in the air and drops safe at deep square leg! A bit of fortune for Burns, who got two.

            

He fends the next ball away for no run as Yadav works the off stump line.

        

Too straight now, and Burns tucks it away for another couple backward of square.

         

A bit edgy as Burns is squared up, but the ball flies between third slip and gully and he get’s another couple. 

       

A push into the off side sees the over end with a dot – another good one.

       

Australia needs 20 more runs to win.

Audience comment by Alistair

Wade scored 29 from the first 30 balls he faced, and then 3 from the next 20 balls. Very much the playbook of Justin Langer there.

By Simon Smale

16th over – Ashwin will bowl his fourth

               

Prithvi Shaw is suiting up and getting ready at bat pad.I bet he’s feeling slightly apprehensive.

            

BURNS! LOVELY ON DRIVE! Four runs added to the tally.

      

We saw sporadic drives down the ground in the first couple of days, but that sort of shot looks a bit easier now as his pitch starts to play a little truer.

              

FOOTWORK! A skip down the pitch from Burns to get to the pitch and that’s a lovely lofted straight drive for another four.

         

Crowded down the leg side next up, Burns backtracked and fended away square for no run.

         

Then he defends the last. Eight from the over.

         

Australia needs 27 to win.

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