Published: Tue, December 11, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

India beat shattered Aussies by 31 runs

India beat shattered Aussies by 31 runs

Once Pant departed India lost their last four wickets for just four runs and were bowled out for 307, setting Australia a target of 323.

"But I think the Australians will think they can make it one-all in Perth".

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

"Obviously it's a great feeling, we've never taken a lead in a series in Australia", said Kohli, who scored back-to-back centuries in a 48-run loss in Adelaide during the 2014/15 tour. "The lower-order gets to face the bowlers when they are a little bit more exhausted traditionally and that makes a difference, but if we can get through tougher conditions at the start we want our top-six batting when that was happening this afternoon".

For Paine, the performance of the lower order in particular, putting on stands of 31, 41, 31 and 32 for the final four wickets, provided the whole team with sizeable evidence of what can be achieved by an even effort.

India kept the Melbourne momentum rolling into the fourth Test in Sydney on January 7 and levelled the series with a crushing victory by an innings and two runs.

"The longer we stay at the crease, they will have to bowl 2nd or 3rd spells and you have more scoring opportunities because when the kookaburra gets softer, you can play shots easier", he said.

Lyon, Michell Starc (28), Pat Cummins (28) and Hazlewood (13) delayed India's victory and received hearty praise from their skipper. They have a red-hot crack [at] every ball and that's what we're building to.

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Australia desperately needed the experienced Usman Khawaja to stick around but he made a decision to run down the pitch to an Ashwin delivery on eight and sliced it to Rohit Sharma, who took a hard catch.

They resumed the final day of the opening Test needing another 219 for victory with four wickets down. Chandrasekhar again was the chief destroyer as he and spin partner Bishen Bedi ripped the hosts out for 131 after Australia won the toss and made the mistake of opting to bat on a damp track. "I wouldn't say I was cool as ice but you try not to show it", Kohli said at the end of the match.

Paine faced 68 deliveries and batted through a painful finger injury that resulted in a long discussion between the captain and physio David Beakley late in the session.

Kohli was clearly frustrated by a third-umpire verdict that overturned Cummins' dismissal on zero plus some dropped catches and an Ishant Sharma no-ball that all had the potential to prove costly. "They gave it a go, they tried their best but I think we executed our plans eventually".

Pujara closed his till at Adelaide Oval with 194 runs to his name, pairing a first innings 123 with a second innings 71.

It was a much-needed knock for the left-hander, who was on a run of six consecutive single-figure Test scores, although he has been in scintillating form in domestic cricket.

"If you want to be a good team, you have got to be hard to beat and today we were".

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