OSNepalNews, Kathmandu, 10th Dec: R Ashwin took the last wicket as India beat Australia by 31 runs at the Adelaide Oval to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match Test series on Monday. By virtue of this victory, India registered their first victory against Australia in 10 years. Mini-partnerships by the Australian tail-enders on the final day of the Test frustrated the Indian bowlers as they had to wait for a famous victory.
This is the first time that India won an opening Test of a series in Australia. Tim Paine (41), Pat Cummins (28), Mitchell Starc (28), Nathan Lyon (38) and Josh Hazlewood (13) played brilliantly to take Australia closer to the target but it wasn’t enough for the hosts to record a win. Australia put up a brilliant rearguard, with their final six wickets making India earn every bit of their success.
After this win, Virat Kohli became the first Indian captain to win Tests in Australia, England and South Africa. India also became the second Asian side to win the first Test of a series in Australia after Pakistan at the MCG in 1978/79 (series 1-1). India’s Cheteshwar Pujara was adjudged man of the match. Ashwin, who took six wickets, registered his best match figures in Australia.