Test Cricket: 2018-19 Domain Test Series: 1st Test between Australia v India at Adelaide Oval, Day 5 Afternoon Session Review


After lunch, Australia resumed on 6-186 with Tim Paine on 40 & Pat Cummins on five not out.

Cummins & Paine need 137 runs, or India chase four wickets to win the 1st Test at Adelaide Oval.

Unfortunately, Tim Paine pressed the panic button on 41 trying to pick up more runs.

Paine flicked the pull early without the full swing of the bat having knicked up high to Rishabh Pant’s gloves.

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Plus Paine swiveled with his head may not have stayed tall & no power in supporting the pull shot.

Again, good short ball lining up straight with some pace from Jasprit Bumrah.

Pat Cummins now forced to take Paine’s lead having moved up to 10.

On the other hand, Mitchell Starc came on and backed Cummins up on seven.

This Starc-Cummins stand helped reached Australia the 200 run mark.

From there, these two wouldn’t go easy on the Indian bowlers.

Starc & Cummins picked up two fours each plus a few quick singles & 2s with Australia only need 100 runs to win.

Unfortunately, Starc reached out for the cover drive without any foot movement.

Hence, Mohammed Shami secured his 3rd wicket thanks to the catch from Rishabh Pant.

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At the same time, Pant ties the record for the most dismissals by a wicket-keeper in a Test Match of 11 alongside two others who took the same feat at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa:

  • Jack Russell, England v South Africa in 1995
  • AB De Villiers, South Africa v Pakistan in 2013

Yes, Pant is 21 whose work behind the stumps looks world-class having taken the duties as India’s main Test Wicket-Keeper.

Also, when he bats left-hand, Pant’s ability to produce quick-fire scores does resemble what Adam Gilchrist did for Australia in the past.

So Pant has a bright future ahead of him playing for his country in all formats.

Australia lost their eighth wicket with Pat Cummins needing Nathan Lyon to help him stay on strike.

But Jasprit Bumrah struck again with the short ball this time on Cummins as his 3rd victim.

Cummins played the cut shot with his feet staying still having knicked to Virat Kohli at first slip.

It’s a bummer for Cummins who batted patiently through this challenging time on 28.

India only needed a wicket to wrap up the first test while Australia isn’t giving up with 56 runs left.

With that said, play extended by 30 minutes for India to give a bit more time to conclude the 1st Test.

Though, Josh Hazlewood backed Lyon up and let him pick a few boundaries and vital runs.

It kept Australia’s hopes of winning alive.

But it’s too little, too late when Hazlewood clipped the edge to KL Rahul’s hands at 2nd slip.

Ravi Ashwin got the only wicket today as he ended Hazelwood’s spell in the middle of 13.

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FINAL SCORE: India wins by 31 runs.

Australia all out for 235 as India win the 1st Test at Adelaide Oval.

India has provided some breakthroughs this time around:

  • Six times now that India won a Test Match in Australia since the WACA in Perth from 2008
  • Won their 2nd Test at Adelaide Oval since 2003

On the other hand, Australia suffered two of its key points:

  • First loss at the Adelaide Oval since December 2010 v England.
  • Winless in six straight Test Matches for the first time since 2013.

Man of the Match: Cheteshwar Pujara

Australia & India will now pack their bags for Perth Stadium from this Friday to Tuesday.

That’s where the 2nd Test will resume as who will take home the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

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