Aus vs Ind: Hosts decimate India to take 1-0 lead on Day 3

Virat Kohli’s India were left searching for room after they choked in their hunt for runs on Day 3 of the ongoing 1st Test in Adelaide. Australia’s Pat Cummins and Josh Hazelwood shared nine wickets between them to restrict the visitors to their lowest total ever in their Test match history. Yes! You heard it right. Getting blown away for 36, India registered their lowest ever Test total. Let that sink in!

Coming out to bat on Day 3 of the 1st Test, India were looking to extend their lead of 62 runs. After dismissing the hosts for 191 in the first innings, India lost Prithvi Shaw at the close of Day 2. Jasprit Bumrah and Mayank Agarwal were on the crease on Day 3 as Mitchell Starc opened with the pink ball.

It was Cummins dismissal of Bumrah in the second over the day, that triggered India’s horrific collapse in a span of 16 overs. None of the Indian batsmen reached double figures on the day, as they fell apart like a house of cards. Three of them returned on a duck. Bumrah (2) was soon followed by Cheteshwar Pujara (0). Agarwal (9) and Ajinkya Rahane (0) went back to the hut in one over. Kohli’s (4) edge to gully in the next over overshadowed India’s hopes to win the opening Test.

It didn’t take much longer for Hazelwood to come back and clean up Wriddhiman Saha and Ravi Ashwin on consecutive deliveries, reducing India to 26/8 in 19 overs. After getting hit on his bowling arm, Mohammed Shami was forced to retired hurt and as a result, Australia cleaned up the visitors for 36/9. The last pin on the coffin was hammered in by Hazelwood to pick up the swiftest five-wicket haul of his career. Hazelwood returned with 5/8 and Cummins bagged 4/21.

Mathew Wade and Joe Burns didn’t waste much time to get off the mark chasing 90. It was clear, Australia won’t let the Indian bowlers settle as they narrowed down the chase. Wade (33 off 53), however, got run out and Marnus Labuschagne (6 off 10) went back after he skied an Ashwin delivery in a hurry. Steve Smith and Burns remained calm to see the hosts through and ensure their 1-0 lead in the series.