Border-Gavaskar Trophy, 2020-21

Australia vs India - 1st Test

Venue: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

Date: 17 December-21 December, 2020

Australia 93/2

RR: 4.43 | Australia beat India by 8 wickets

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Matthew Wade run out (Wriddhiman Saha)run out (Wriddhiman Saha)335350
Joe Burns not out not out 516371
Marnus Labuschagne c Mayank Agarwal & b Ravichandran Ashwinc Mayank Agarwal & b Ravichandran Ashwin61000
Steven Smith not out not out 1100
Travis Head
Cameron Green
Tim Paine
Pat Cummins
Mitchell Starc
Nathan Lyon
Josh Hazlewood
Extras 2 (b 0, lb 1, w 0, nb 1)
Total 93 (2 Wkts, 21.0 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
70-1 (Matthew Wade,17.2), 82-2 (Marnus Labuschagne,19.5),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Umesh Yadav8 1 49 0 6.13
Jasprit Bumrah7 1 27 0 3.86
Ravichandran Ashwin6 1 16 1 2.67
Mayank Agarwal0 0 0 0 0
Prithvi Shaw0 0 0 0 0
Cheteshwar Pujara0 0 0 0 0
Virat Kohli 0 0 0 0 0
Ajinkya Rahane0 0 0 0 0
Hanuma Vihari0 0 0 0 0
Wriddhiman Saha 0 0 0 0 0
Mohammed Shami0 0 0 0 0

That's it from this Pink Ball Test as Australia win comprehensively to lead the 4-match series 1-0. Virat Kohli goes home for the birth of his first child as Ajinkya Rahane takes over the mantle from him. Will a change in leadership bring a change in team India's fortunes? We will soon find out as the 2nd Test starts on the Boxing Day i.e 26th of December 2020. That game begins at 1030 local (2330 GMT, Previous Day). Till then, enjoy your Christmas, stay safe, take care and cheers.

Virat Kohli, India skipper, says that it is hard to find words to express and to lose from a lead of 53 runs is something we did not expect. He further, says that we did not take the morning session too well as they went hard at the ball. He goes onto mention that the Australian bowlers put them in situations where the edges were found but he says that there was nothing in the pitch which could be termed as drastic. Wishes his team for the remainder of the series and hopes that they come out stronger. On Mohammed Shami, he tells that right now he is going for a scan and then a decision would be made but mentions that he was in a lot of pain.

Australia skipper and Man of the Match, Tim Paine, says that he just asked his bowlers that they have the ability to take quick wickets and they just go out and try and exploit anything there on the surface. He further says that it is nice to get off to a good start but reckons that the first innings batting was poor. On Joe Burns, he says that it feels good to have him back in the runs as that gives stability to the team. On his own batting, he says that this was due for a long time and in the end, contributing to the team's success is what they strive for.

India's second innings was just like a haunted nightmare where there were ruins. They lost Shaw once again cheaply on Day 2 and when they resumed their innings on the morning of Day 3 what unfolded was sheer hara-kiri. Pat Cummins started the downfall for India when he sent Jasprit Bumrah packing but then Hazlewood came in with a lot of Josh (steam) to topple India's best in business with his precision bowling. In the end, India folded up for a paltry 36 runs on board in their second essay with the bat. For Australia it was just three bowlers who did the job for them, Cummins and Starc began the day but the star with the ball was Josh Hazlewood who ripped apart the Indian batting with a 5-wicket haul, his 8th in the format and also went past 200 Test wickets. In the end, Australia chased the target of 90 runs with ease to take a lead of 1-0 in the 4-match Test series. Don't go anywhere as we bring you the post-match presentations...

Australia's first innings also was no different from India. They too lost their top order cheaply and barring Marnus Labuschagne's 47 and Tim Paine's 73 none of the batters got going as they folded for 191 runs, conceding a lead of 53 in the process. For India, Ravichandran Ashwin was the pick of the lot as he ended with a 4-fer. The next best was Umesh Yadav who had 3 wickets to his name and Bumrah managed to get a couple too.

Earlier after winning the toss, India went onto post 244 runs in their first innings. The star with the bat then was Virat Kohli who stroked to a well compiled 74 before being run out. The others to contribute substantially were Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane who both contributed by scoring around 40 odd runs. Rest all the batters failed to get themselves in. On the Australian bowling, Starc was the pick of the bowlers as he ended with 4 wickets to his name. Cummins ended with 3 wickets as Hazlewood and Lyon ended with a wicket each. The debutant Cameron Green though went wicketless.

Chasing a target of 90 never looked to be a daunting one as the two Australian openers started their quest towards victory. Though, Burns began watchfully, as Wade was right into the 4th gear as he found the fence quite often. After the dinner break, Burns too joined the party, as the duo went onto score runs at will and in competition as well as in the company of each other they stitched a stand worth 70 runs. Though Wade departed followed by Marnus Labuschagne. Joe Burns though kept his cool and hit the winning runs as well as brought up his fifty too. There was nothing in India's bowling in the second innings of Australia as they sprayed all around and were hit for runs. Also, with fewer runs to defend and a bowler short they were under a lot of pressure. Only Ashwin got a wicket and was the one because of whom Wade was run out. All-in-all the day belonged to Australia.

A thumping win for Australia here in the first Border-Gavaskar Test. A complete performance from their bowlers and batsmen. A humiliating loss for India though who were just blown away in their second innings.

20.6
6
Umesh Yadav to Joe Burns, DROPPED AND SIX! Short of a length delivery on middle, Burns pulls it towards square leg where the fielder tries to go for the catch but fails to do so as the ball sails over him for a maximum. AUSTRALIA WIN BY 8 WICKETS!
20.5
0
Umesh Yadav to Joe Burns, Good length delivery on off, Burns defends it out.
20.4
0
Umesh Yadav to Joe Burns, Back of a length on off, Burns blocks it off the back foot.
20.3
0
Umesh Yadav to Joe Burns, Length delivery on off, Burns defends it off the front foot.
20.2
4
Umesh Yadav to Joe Burns, FOUR! Back of a length on off, Burns punches it through point for a boundary.
20.1
1
Umesh Yadav to Steven Smith, Full on middle, Smith flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
19.6
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Joe Burns, Loopy delivery on off, Burns defends it off the back foot.
19.5
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Marnus Labuschagne, OUT! CAUGHT! Marnus departs in search of quick runs! Ashwin smartly bowls one around off and slows this one up too. Marnus comes dancing down the track eyeing the mid-wicket fence but fails to nail it to perfection. The ball flies to the man at mid on where Mayank Agarwal takes a dolly. Just 8 more required for Australia to win this Test.
19.4
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Marnus Labuschagne, On off, Labuschagne keeps it out.
19.3
1
Ravichandran Ashwin to Joe Burns, Loopy delivery on middle, Burns flicks it towards fine leg for a single.
19.2
4
Ravichandran Ashwin to Joe Burns, FOUR! Floated delivery on middle, Burns sweeps it through square leg for a boundary.
19.1
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Joe Burns, Tossed up delivery on off, Burns defends it off the back foot.
18.6
0
Umesh Yadav to Marnus Labuschagne, Bouncer on middle, Labuschagne does well to duck under it.
18.5
2
Umesh Yadav to Marnus Labuschagne, Short delivery on middle, Labuschagne pulls it through mid-wicket for a couple.
18.4
0
Umesh Yadav to Marnus Labuschagne, Good length delivery on off, Marnus keeps it out.
18.3
2
Umesh Yadav to Marnus Labuschagne, Full ball on off, Labuschagne drives it through point for a couple.
18.2
1
Umesh Yadav to Joe Burns, Length delivery on middle, Burns flicks it through square leg for a run.
18.1
1
Umesh Yadav to Marnus Labuschagne, Full on middle, Labuschagne flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.

Marnus Labuschagne is the new batsman in.

17.6
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Joe Burns, Fuller and around off, Burns smothers the spin by coming onto the front foot.
17.5
1
Ravichandran Ashwin to Marnus Labuschagne, Tossed up on middle, Labuschagne clips it to deep mid-wicket and takes a single.
17.4
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Marnus Labuschagne, Short and outside off, Marnus cuts it straight to point.
17.3
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Marnus Labuschagne, Tossed up on the pads, Labuschagne comes down the track to play the slog but the ball hits the pads and goes wide of the fielder at short leg.

DRINKS! Australia need 20 more runs to win. They will look to finish it quickly. India have not been able to test the Australian batsman as runs have flown with ease. They are starring down the barrel here as Australia inch closer to their 8th victory in pink ball Test.

17.2
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Matthew Wade, OUT! RUN OUT! Not the time to get out when you are in touching distance of a victory. Wade and Australia won't  be happy but India would still take it to boost their morale on the field. Ashwin tosses one onto the pads of Wade who skips down the track and looks to flick it to the leg side but manages to hit to the man at short leg. Prithvi Shaw there looks to take the evasive action but the ball hits his sheen guard and rolls to the stumps. Wriddhiman Saha there takes the ball and whips the bails off. No need to go upstairs as Wade was way down the track there.
17.1
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Matthew Wade, On off, clipped to the man at short leg.
16.6
0
Umesh Yadav to Joe Burns, On off, pushed to the off side.
16.5
2
Umesh Yadav to Joe Burns, Now gets it to the other side of the wicket. Length and wide of off, Burns drives off the outer half of the bat as the ball goes to the third man region for a couple.
16.4
2
Umesh Yadav to Joe Burns, On the pads of Burns, Joe clips it towards fine leg and get a couple this time.
16.3
0
Umesh Yadav to Joe Burns, On off, blocked back to the bowler.
16.2
2
Umesh Yadav to Joe Burns, In the air... Safe! Short and on off, Burns goes for the pull but fails to get it off the middle of the bat as the ball lobs in the air towards the leg side. Joe is lucky there as the ball just about evades the man in the ring and goes towards wide long on. A couple is what the Aussies get.
16.1
1
Umesh Yadav to Matthew Wade,  Length and on the pads, Wade clips it to fine leg and gets a single.
15.6
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Joe Burns, Fuller and on the stumps, Burns defends it to the leg side.
15.5
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Joe Burns, Tossed up on middle, nudged to the leg side now.
15.4
4
Ravichandran Ashwin to Joe Burns, FOUR! Burns looks to be in a hurry to finish things off. Another tossed up ball on off, Burns comes down the track and lofts it over Ashwin's head for another boundary.
15.3
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Joe Burns, Tossed up on middle, Burns defends it to short leg this time.
15.2
4
Ravichandran Ashwin to Joe Burns, FOUR! Nice use of feet from Burns! Floated around off, Burns skips down the track and drives it through mid on and into the fence at long on for a boundary.
15.1
0
Ravichandran Ashwin to Joe Burns, Tossed up on off, Burns plays it back to the bowler.
14.6
0
Jasprit Bumrah to Matthew Wade, Length and on off, Wade drops the ball to the off side this time.
14.5
0
Jasprit Bumrah to Matthew Wade, Length and around off, Wade does not get tempted as he makes a leave.
14.4
0
Jasprit Bumrah to Matthew Wade, Bumper now from Bumrah but Wade ducks under it.
14.3
0
Jasprit Bumrah to Matthew Wade, Good length around off, Wade keeps it out to the off side.