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Australia-India: Significant First Test win for India
Many of the Indian fans who woke up an hour and a half before sunrise in India would have had a much-delayed breakfast. The final day's play was so gripping that none would have dared to move from their chair before the television even if it meant sitting on the edge. It was a great match for Test match enthusiasts and the Australians, though they lost and that doesn’t go down very well Down Under, will be proud of the way they made the Indians sweat. The victorious Indian team Source For India, it is a first because they have never won the first Test of a series in Australia. They did, however, take a lead by winning the second Test of the 2003-04 series after the first Test was drawn. That series too ended in a draw. It is also their first Test victory in Australia after a decade. This gives India a chance to push for a never before series victory in Australia. Winning an away series against Australia and South Africa are the only two horizons that the Indian cricket team has to cross. With this victory, India has assured that they are going to be the number one team in Test cricket at the end of the series. What they need now is a series victory here to proudly wear the label on their lapel. Ishant Sharma claimed the first wicket of the day, Travis Head Source The final day's play was engrossing, to say the least. Australia’s tail-enders brought the temperature a few notches above what was reported on the weather portals. Travis Head who had played so superbly in the first inning succumbed to an Ishant Sharma snorter to be caught at second slip. Tim Paine and Shaun Marsh then set about to repair the damage to the team inning as well as to their image after failing in Australia’s first inning. Bumrah accounted for both the batsmen. Shaun Marsh acknowledges the applause on completing a half-century Source Marsh was the first to go caught by Pant behind the wicket having scored 60 valuable runs. Pant also caught Paine. When the young wicketkeeper caught Mitchel Starc off Mohammed Shami he equalled the world record of having taken 11 catches in one Test Match with AB De Villers of South Africa and RC Russel of England. Had he been able to catch a couple of more chances that came his way, he would have had a record to his name that would take some time to equal or surpass and the Indians would have been scratching their head a lot less than they did today. Tim Paine took Australia till lunch with Cummins Source Contrary to what was presumed would be Ashwin’s impact on the last inning, particularly after Nathan Lyon’s fine exhibition of spin bowling to some of the best players of spin bowling in the world, India had to rely on the speedsters to come to the rescue. Lyon, on the other hand, caused them as much of a headache with the bat in his hand as he did with the ball. He scored an attacking 38 off only 47 balls and remained not out in the end. With Starc, Cummins, and Hazlewood scoring 28, 28 and 13 runs respectively, the four bowlers contributed 107 runs of the 291 runs scored by Australia. Chateshwar Pujara, the Man of the Match Source Although the pitch was a little two-paced and afforded spin to the bowlers, it was a batsmen’s match to lose. The top order batsmen from both the teams, with the exception of Chateshwar Pujara, played some unwise shots to get themselves out. Bowlers from both the sides bowled exceedingly well, more so the Australians. That is the reason why Pujara’s inning stands out from the rest. As I wrote in the review of the first day of this Test match, if India goes on to win this series, Pujara's inning will be remembered for a long time.
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