In a first, India won the first Test match of a series in Australia on Monday, earning a hard fought 1-0 lead in the four-match Test series beating Australia by 31 runs in Adelaide.
Brief Scores: India 250, 307 (Cheteshwar Pujara 71, Ajinkya Rahane 70; Nathan Lyon 6/1 22) beat Australia 235 and 291 (Shaun Marsh 60, Tim Paine 41; Mohammed Shami 3/65, Jasprit Bumrah 3/68, Ravichandran Ashwin 3/92) by 31 runs.
It is the sixth Test win for India on Australian soil.
India set a target of 323 runs to chase in the second innings. Australia’s lower middle order gave a tough fight against an inspired Indian bowling attack. But the former were eventually bundled out for 291 just before tea on the final day.
For Indians, pacers Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin grabbed three wickets apiece. Ishant Sharma could manage just one wicket.
Resuming the day at 104/4, Australia soon lost overnight batsman Travis Head (14) with the scoreboard ticking 115/5.
Head fell to a short pitched delivery from the experienced Ishant that resulted in a simple catch by Ajinkya Rahane at gully.
Bumrah jolted the Australians once again just at the stroke of lunch by getting captain Tim Paine caught behind, leaving the hosts to the tail to achieve the target.
It was always going to be a tall ask for the tailenders to survive two full sessions. But Pat Cummins (28), Mitchell Starc (28), Nathan Lyon (38 not out) and Josh Hazlewood (13) — batted their skin out to reduce the deficit to only 31 runs.
Being three wickets away from a win in the Test match, the Indian attack seemed to be on a mission. Shami started the post-lunch session with the wicket of Starc after the Aussie quickly put on 59 runs for the eighth wicket with fellow pacer Cummins.
Then came Lyon, who doubled his effort of getting six wickets in India’s second innings, with a solid 47-ball unbeaten 38 and more importantly being involved in two crucial stands.
Lyon raised 31 runs for the 9th wicket with Cummins before adding another 32 runs for the final wicket with Hazlewood to leave the Indians frustrating before Ashwin managed to get Hazlewood caught by Lokesh Rahul to guide India to a fabulous victory.