|Jasprit Bumrah||not out||4||7||1||0|
|Tim Paine (C) (W)||not out||73||99||10||0|
|Umesh Yadav||not out||4||5||1||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 62 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 further says 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.
Tim Paine, Australia skipper, and is also named the Man of the Match, 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.
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 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. Don't go anywhere as we bring you the post match presentations...
Australia's first innings also was no different of 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. 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.
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 started watchfully but 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 company of each other as they stitched a stand worth 70 runs. Though Wade departed followed by Marnus Labuschagne but Joe Burns 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 less 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.
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! 93/2
Good length delivery on off, Burns defends it out.
Back of a length on off, Burns blocks it off the back foot.
Length delivery on off, Burns defends it off the front foot.
FOUR! Back of a length on off, Burns punches it through point for a boundary.
Full on middle, Smith flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
Loopy delivery on off, Burns defends it off the back foot. 82/2
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.
On off, Labuschagne keeps it out.
Loopy delivery on middle, Burns flicks it towards fine leg for a single.
FOUR! Floated delivery on middle, Burns flicks it through square leg for a boundary.
Tossed up delivery on off, Burns defends it off the back foot.
Bouncer on middle, Labuschagne does well to duck under it. 77/1
Short delivery on middle, Labuschagne pulls it through mid-wicket for a couple.
Good length delivery on off, Marnus keeps it out.
Full ball on off, Labuschagne drives it through point for a couple.
Length delivery on middle, Burns flicks it through square leg for a run.
Full on middle, Labuschagne flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
Fuller and around off, Burns smothers the spin by coming onto the front foot. 71/1
Tossed up on middle, Labuschagne clips it to deep mid-wicket and takes a single.
Short and outside off, Marnus cuts it straight to point.
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.
Marnus Labuschagne is the new batsman in.
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.
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.
On off, clipped to the man at short leg.
On off, pushed to the off side. 70/0
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.
On the pads of Burns, Joe clips it towards fine leg and get a couple this time.
On off, blocked back to the bowler.
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.
Length and on the pads, Wade clips it to fine leg and gets a single.
Fuller and on the stumps, Burns defends it to the leg side. 63/0
Tossed up on middle, nudged to the leg side now.
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.
Tossed up on middle, Burns defends it to short leg this time.
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.
Tossed up on off, Burns plays it back to the bowler.
Length and on off, Wade drops the ball to the off side this time. 55/0
Length and around off, Wade does not get tempted as he makes a leave.
Bumper now from Bumrah but Wade ducks under it.
Good length around off, Wade keeps it out to the off side.
Good length around off, Burns drives it straight down the ground as the ball hits the stumps at the non-striker's end and goes to mid on. The batters take a single.
Length ball on off, Burns blocks it down the track.
Another Indian player is down on the field now. First Shami and now Hanuma Vihari. Full and on middle, Wade sweeps it powerfully but finds the shoulder of Vihari at short leg. Vihari there goes down in pain but gets up quickly to signal that he is fine. 54/0
On off, Wade defends it off the back foot.
Floated delivery on off, Wade offers a solid defense on this one.
Loopy delivery on middle, Wade keeps it out.
Flighted ball on off, Burns pushes it towards the off side for a single.
Tossed up delivery on off, Burns defends it off the back foot.
Short delivery on middle, Burns pulls it through square leg for a single. 53/0
Full delivery on off, Wade drives it towards covers for a single.
Length ball outside off, Wade leaves it alone.
Back of a length delivery outside off, Wade shoulders arms to this one.
Length delivery outside off, Wade offers no shot to this one.
Back of a length on off, Wade defends it off the front foot.
Tossed up delivery on off, Burns defends it off the back foot. 51/0
On off, Burns keeps it out.
Floated ball on middle, Wade pushes it towards covers for a single.
Flighted delivery on off, Wade blocks it off the front foot.
Tossed up delivery on off, Wade defends it off the back foot.
Flighted ball on off, Wade blocks it off the front foot.
NOT OUT! Burns survives courtesy of an inside edge! Full and angled into Burns, Joe looks to flick it but is beaten to get rapped on the pads. Bumrah goes up in an appeal immediately but the umpire is unmoved. He pleads to his skipper to take the review. Kohli after a thought signals 'T'. The replays roll in and it a fair delivery as we move onto the front on spin vision. First, the Hot Spot comes on and no need to go any further as it spots bat on ball when the ball is near the bat. So, the on field call remains not out as India lose their review. 50/0
Review Time! India have taken an LBW review against Joe Burns. The on field decision is not out. Let's see what the replays have to say. It is a fair delivery as Hot Spot comes on. Ohh! There is a faint spot there when the ball is near the bat. The on field call thus stays as India lose a review.
Back of a length ball around off, Burns taps it to point off the back foot.
Length and around off, Burns flicks it through mid-wicket and gets a couple this time. Australia need another 40 to win this Test.
Fuller and in line with the stumps, Wade works it towards mid-wicket and scampers for a single.
Length ball angled into the batter, Wade turns it to square leg this time.
Full and around off, Wade strokes it to covers.
Flighted delivery on off, Burns blocks it off the front foot. 47/0
On off, Burns defends it off the front foot.
Tossed up ball on middle, Burns defends it off the back foot.
Loopy delivery on off, Burns comes down the track and defends it out.
Floated delivery on middle, Burns blocks it well.
Tossed up delivery on off, Burns defends it off the back foot.
Ravichandran Ashwin is into the attack.
Short and down the leg side once again, this time though Wade goes chasing at it but is lucky not to get a nick behind to the keeper. 47/0
Short and down the leg side, Wade does not fiddle with it as he lets it sail to the keeper.
Ouch! That must have hurt Wade there. Short and targetting the ribs of Wade there. Matthew tries to sway away from the line of fire but fails to do so as he wears a blow onto his body.
FOUR! That's Wade in T20 mode! Anything short and on middle, he will pounce on it. Short and wide outside off, Wade slashes it hard through point and fetches a boundary now.
Length ball outside off, Wade lets it be.
FOUR! Yadav strays one on the pads of Wade and Matthew this time just tickles fine towards fine leg as the ball crosses the ropes. Runs coming thick and fast here for the Aussies.
Full and around off, Burns strokes it through covers this time and gets a couple now. 39/0
No Ball! Bumper on middle, Burns sits under it. Ohh! Bumrah has overstepped there as the third umpire conveys the message to the on field umpire.
FOUR! Now Bumrah goes short and Burns punishes him too. Short and around off, Burns gets into the position early as he nails the pull to perfection towards deep mid-wicket region.
Gets back to leaving ways as this one is well outside off and Burns does not want to play at it.
Short of good length around off, Burns punches it through cover-point and gets a brace this time.
Length and around off, Burns covers his sticks and lets it be.
Length and around off, Wade taps it towards gully where the fielder misfields to allow a single.
FOUR! Pulled with disdain! A short one that sits up perfectly for Burns who gets on top of the bounce and powers it through mid-wicket for a boundary. 29/0
Sharp bouncer from Yadav there, Wade is equally brilliant with the bat as he plays with soft hands and gets it all along the carpet through gully. The batters take three runs as the ball dies down near the third man fence.
Full and on the pads of Wade, Matthew clips it through square leg and gets a brace as the fielder from fine leg does the mopping up.
Length and outside off, left alone this time by Wade.
Length ball on leg stump, Wade clips it but finds square leg this time.
Full and around off and middle. Wade blocks it off the front foot and back to the bowler.
Umesh Yadav to bowl from the other end.
Short and down the leg side, Burns does not even bother to play at it. 20/0
EDGY FOUR! Burns is off the mark but not in a convincing fashion but he will take it anyhow. Length and around off, Burns gets it off the outer half of the bat as the ball rolls through the gap between gully and point and into the fence behind.
On a length and around off once again, Burns does well to block it back to the bowler this time.
Short of good length and on off, Burns taps it to covers now.
Length and around off, Burns shoulders arms to it. He is yet to open his account.
Ohh! A big inside edge there saves Wade! Length and around off, Wade prods forward to drive it through the off side but gets an inside edge on the pads as the ball rolls to the off side. The bowler appeals as the batters take a single. Nothing from the umpire though.
We are back for the second session of Day 3. The Indian players are out in the middle. Joe Burns and Matthew Wade will resume their innings. Jasprit Bumrah will start the proceedings for this session.
... Day 3, Session 2 ...
Do join us for the second session which could well turn out to be the final one of this game as Australia need another 75 runs to win. Can they do it? Or will India spring up a surprise here? All answers coming up on the other side of the break.
In the short period what Australia got to bat in the 4th innings they have added 15 runs without losing a wicket as they chase 90 for a win in the first Test. The bowling so far has been wayward from Yadav though Bumrah has been good in patches. The loss of Shami with the ball would hurt India and it remains to be seen how India manage their bowling resources in this game with a bowler short.
Australia's bowling was just brilliant on the day. Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood were the three bowlers used by Australia in India's second innings. Cummins and Hazlewood wrecked havoc in the Indian camp as they shared 8 wickets between them. In the process, Cummins went past 150 Test wickets and Hazlewood went past 200 Test wickets. All in all a top class display of fast bowling from the Aussie duo as Starc played a perfect foil for them.
What an amazing session we have had. Test cricket lives upto its charm. Resuming on their overnight score of 7/1, India soon found themselves in deep waters when they were reduced to 15/5. None of the batsmen looked to adjust to the conditions as they kept on coming and going away. None of them managed to get to even double digits as Pujara and Rahane went without scoring. Shami though got injured and helped India avoid the blushes of getting out for a paltry 36 in their second innings.
A mix up but nothing damaging. Length ball on off, Burns turns it to the leg side as Wade comes running down the track in search of a run. Burns though is not at all interested as he sends him back. The throw from the bowler hits the stumps at the bowler's end but nothing results. That will also be DINNNER ON DAY 3! 15/0
Short and down the leg side, Burns ducks under it.
Length ball on off, Burns keeps it out safely with the Dinner around the corner.
A muted appeal but nothing from it. Length ball coming into the batsman there. Joe looks to fend it away but is beaten by the inward movement and is rapped on the thigh pad.
Fuller and around off, Burns plays it back to the bowler off the front foot.
Short and down the leg side. Wayward from Umesh as Burns lets it be.
On a length and around off, Wade blocks it out to see the over from Bumrah. 15/0
FOUR! NICELY DONE! Length ball on off, Wade just manages to open the bat and push the ball through the gap between third slip and point. The ball races to the fence at third man for a boundary.
Bumper down the leg side, Wade sits under it.
A couple now! Handsomely driven but won't get a boundary here. Length and around off, Wade drives it through covers and scampers for a couple as the fielder does the mopping up act here.
Short of good length and around off, Wade raises his bat high up in the air to let the ball through to the keeper.
Short length delivery targetting the shoulder of Burns. Joe tries to take the evasive action but is hit in the shoulders and the ball goes to the leg side. The batters take a single. A leg bye is what they get.
Outside off, Wade lets it go. 8/0
Length ball outside off, Wade leaves it alone.
Outside off, Wade shoulders arms to this one.
Back of a length on off, Wade defends it out.
Good length ball on off, Wade defends it off the back foot.
FOUR! Terrific shot! Full delivery on off, Wade drives it through covers for a boundary.
Length ball on off, Burns gets out a solid defensive stroke as he keeps it out to the off side. 4/0
Length and outside off, Burns plays it to point off the toe end of the bat.
On a length and around off, Burns blocks it down the track.
Another one outside off, Burns makes a leave.
Outside off, left alone.
A muted appeal from India but nothing from the umpire. Length and across the right hander, Burns gets squared up as he looks to keep it out. Lucky for him the ball does not take the outside edge.
Length and around off, Wade defends it to the off side to see off the first over. 4/0
Fuller and around off, Wade keeps it out off the front foot.
Fuller down the leg side, Wade looks to clip it down the leg side but misses it.
Length and on off, Wade blocks it from within the crease
FOUR! WADE AND AUSTRALIA ARE UP AND RUNNING! Short and wide outside off, Wade slashes one through point and fetches a boundary to open the account.
Length and outside off, Wade shoulders arms to it.