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Australia v India: first Test, day four

Australia v India: first Test, day four”

Five days ago, on the day one of the Test match, the Indian team was struggling at 127/6 in their first innings but the Australian bowlers failed to clean the Indian tail quickly thus giving away India an extra 30 odd to runs which ultimately proved to be the difference maker in the match.

Former spinner Shane Warne thoroughly enjoyed the game. Great fight by Australia in the end but India were too good.

Shaun Marsh and his poor form with the blade continued as he dragged on a delivery from Ashwin onto the stumps to end his 19-ball innings, that yielded just two runs. From there, India were in the driver's seat as their bowling attack of Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Ravi Ashwin were always going to assert themselves because they had the pressure of the scoreboard working for them.

Indian cricket legends including VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar hailed the current Test team on Monday after they ended a 10-year victory drought in Australia with a thrilling win in Adelaide.

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.

They might not pay the price for their wastefulness in the second innings, where they went from a position of strength at 7-303 to 307 all out.

"Every Test match is a huge challenge and we've expected this series to be an absolute arm-wrestle from the get go", Paine said at the post-match press conference.

Khawaja dived and snared the ball in his left hand.

Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins
Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins

"There were a number of reasons why we lost".

The experienced Pujara faced 246 balls in his gutsy knock - passing 5,000 Test runs for his 16th Test century - as the wickets tumbled around him, including superstar captain Virat Kohli for three.

"That's just the quality of the bowling", Waugh said in commentary on Fox Cricket.

"Michael Vaughan, who has played for England was saying exactly the same thing, to us, we come to Australia and we see hard fought, forward-seeking cricket".

Despite being the better side for most part of the match - ever since Cheteshwar Pujara's rescue act for the ages in the first innings - India were perilously close to succumbing to nerves.

"The Perth Test will be crucial for Australia, because I think India will enjoy the conditions more in Melbourne and Sydney", said Taylor.

Marsh has history when it comes to resisting India, having batted out 62 overs on day five to help secure a draw previous year in Ranchi.

It took Pujara a long time to win back the faith of India's selectors after that series, with major concerns over whether he was a viable option away from home. However, on Monday he was spotted jogging around while India prepared for Monday's final day of play in the first Test.



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