Josh Hazlewood claimed five wickets for eight as Australia celebrated an emphatic victory by eight wickets in the first Test at Adelaide Oval on Saturday after skittling India for 36, their lowest innings score in 88 years of Test cricket.
Hazlewood and Pat Cummins turned a tight Test on its head in a devastating spell of pace bowling to open the third day of the day-night test, ripping through the much-vaunted Indian batting lineup in less than two hours.
Australia chased down the victory target of 90 to take a 1-0 lead in the series with Tests to come in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
to take a 1-0 lead in the series with Tests to come in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
The margin of victory will be a hefty blow to India’s morale as well as their hopes of repeating their maiden Test series triumph in Australia two years ago.
None of India’s batsmen, including Virat Kohli, managed to get into double figures in the second innings. This is only the second time that has happened to any team in a test match.
Their innings score was the lowest in 544 Tests going back to 1932 worse than their previous low of 42 against England at Lords in 1974 and only two countries have managed fewer runs in the long history of the format.
India will already be without Kohli for the rest of the series as the skipper returns home for the birth of his first child but they will also now be sweating on the fitness of Mohammed Shami.
The paceman took a blow to the forearm from a short Cummins delivery and was unable to bat on, bringing an end to India’s dismal innings when he retired hurt.