India thrashes Australia by 31 runs in Adelaide test

Nathan Lyon

Nathan Lyon

"I'm very happy to contribute to the team, first time getting to this milestone", he said after the record.

They all bowled consistently and for long periods, and added valuable runs on Monday in the improbable chase of a winning target of 323, eventually going down by 31 runs.

The last Test India won in Australia was at the WACA Ground in Perth in 2008, and the last one in Adelaide was in 2003.

"It was really nervous as they were coming close, but we did well", Pant told the media.

Ashwin fluffed his lines before striking late, Paine suffered a finger injury that he later insisted wasn't serious, and chirpy keeper Rishabh Pant made it an Indian record 11 dismissals for the match while missing two crucial chances.

"From a cricket point of view, we have some areas to tighten up and I thought today was a nice snapshot of how we want to go about it".

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The Australians came face-to-face in Adelaide with famously combative Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who thrives on the verbal banter and has never been shy of riling the opposition. 'We've not been able to sustain that pressure for long enough in the past.

But Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah removed Travis Head (14) and Shaun Marsh (60), Australia's last two specialist batsmen, in the morning to slow the home side's chase.

By lunch Australia had fought to 186 for 6, still needing a further 137 runs for victory, with Paine not out 40 and Pat Cummins on five.

But in the second over after they resumed Paine top-edged a pull shot from Bumrah and Pant easily took a catch.

But Cummins and Mitchell Starc, who weathered a blow to the helmet, shared a 41-run stand to create fresh doubt in India's minds.

And when the runs needed dropped below 100, the crowd dared to dream before Starc fell to Shami for 28. It brought Nathan Lyon to the crease and he got the pulses racing with a quick 38 to set up a tense finale, before Hazlewood departed to end the match.

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