Kohli savours very special victory over Australia

Nathan Lyon is leading the attack for the Australians

Nathan Lyon is leading the attack for the Australians

The tourists despatched Australia's last four batsmen in the middle session of the final day at Adelaide Oval to send India's "Swami Army" of travelling fans into raptures in the sparse fifth day crowd. "They fought really well but we executed our plans well and got that last wicket which we were intending to get", said Kohli.

The Indian camp still rate him an unlikely starter for the second Test in Perth starting on Friday, with a return in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne more likely.

While Shami broke through that partnership, things didn't ease out. He ended up India's joint-highest wicket-taker - with six, along with Jasprit Bumrah - but there might be comparisons with Nathan Lyon.

Before lunch, India grabbed the key wickets of Shaun Marsh and Travis Head as they inched towards their first Test win on Australian soil in a decade, with the home team battling to stay in the game.

The ball looped up to gully where Ajinkya Rahane made no mistake.

The duo had added 31 runs with the onus now on Marsh and Paine as the last recognized batting pair. If this was the case in the first innings, where there was that much assistance or these many spots, Ashwin would have been more aggressive with hitting those spots, but the fact that he controlled the game nicely and kept us in the game, not letting it drift away too much away at any stage.

He had looked comfortable at the crease all morning, but Bumrah removed him after the drinks break. "It's just about coming out tomorrow, winning the first ball, the first over, the first hour", said Lyon.

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The 30-year-old was dropped for the first Test of their 4-1 defeat in England earlier this year after some ordinary performances in India's first overseas tour of 2018 in South Africa.

Cummins then helped Paine play out 10.5 overs, although he had a couple of hairy moments in the 74th over off Ashwin.

"They're obviously some of our more experienced players and I think the more they do that the more it will rub off on the rest of the group".

Four balls later, a loud appeal for caught at short leg was turned down with Cummins reviewing it successfully this time. Cheteshwar Pujara was the pick of India's batsmen, scoring a century in the first innings and a fifty in the second.

The hosts were dismissed for 291 shortly before tea on day five, as they fell short of the target of 323.

In their first innings too, Australia were down to 177 for 7 before the bowlers chipped in with the bat to take them to competitive 235 eventually.

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