Virat Kohli-led India succumbed to a humiliating eight-wicket win in the Day-Night Test at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday, amid registering their lowest score in Test history after they were bowled out for 36 in second innings of first Test in first session of Day 3.
Josh Hazlewood, who was not given the new ball, picked up five wickets, and was the chief architect of the carnage brought on India. His bowling partner Pat Cummins ended up with four wicket on what was a dream spell for Australian bowlers and a nightmare for the visitors.
Both Cummins and Hazlewood found their length from the ball number 1 and troubled the Indian batsmen with some quality seam bowling.
Jasprit Bumrah was the first wicket to fall on Day 3 and from that moment, nothing went India's way. None of the Indian batsmen were able to score in double digits, raising questions over their application with the bat.
Captain Virat Kohli, who had scored a fine half century in the first innings, scored only 4 and Cheteshwar Pujara who had played over 150 balls in his first outing, could not even open account. Rahane too walked back after scoring 0.
Last man Mohammed Shami was hit on the elbow of his bowling hand and was retired hurt as India finished the innings with the lead of 89.
Australia required 90 runs to win, and it was a welcome knock for Joe Burns (51*), who built an opening partnership of 70 with Matthew Wade. Marnus Labuschagne came in at number three, but his stint was short-lived after Ashwin struck in the 20th over.
In came Steve Smith, but it was Burns who finished the proceedings with a six over fine leg, a maximum which brought Burns' seventh Test fifty.
Watching the nightmarish innings, Indian fans, former cricketers posted their reactions on Twitter. Here are some of them:
All time classic
All time classic fast bowling figures for Hazelwood. Sensational stuff, and NOBODY expected it. All the talk was India grinding for a big score, pitch is good, but Josh is too good!
— Rob Moody (@robelinda2) December 19, 2020
Khawaja making a point
Can never get ahead of yourself in this game. Especially when the ball is pink! #BorderGavaskarTrophy
— Usman Khawaja (@Uz_Khawaja) December 19, 2020
Granddad told me a about 0/4 at Leeds. Dad read about 42 all out at lord’s I saw 66 and 81 all out Kid sees this. Circle of Indian batting — Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee) December 19, 2020
Shami's injury another trouble for India
Amidst the collapse, need to keep an eye on Shami's hand. Three tests after this!
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 19, 2020
A new low for India
India 36 all-out
- Lowest total for India
- Lowest total in the current century for any team
- Only the second time in history all 11 batsmen have failed to reach double figures in an innings#AUSvsIND
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) December 19, 2020
Unmitigated disaster! — Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) December 19, 2020
Former Pakistan speedster lamented India's 'embarrassing' performance
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) December 19, 2020
Sanjay Manjrekar felt that India needed to improve their defensive skills
36 will no doubt be looked at in isolation & should be too, but here’s India’s totals in last 3 Tests (2 in NZ) when the ball has moved around - 165, 191, 242, 124,244,36. Clearly India needs to improve its defensive skills. Easier said than done in today’s environment.
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) December 19, 2020
Never lose hope!
It was a bad day today no doubt but remember it's a 4 match series. We have bounced back in past and this team can do that too. #INDvAUS
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) December 19, 2020
One session can change the game's prospects!
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) December 19, 2020
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