Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Day 5

1464dThe Report by George Binoy

Lyon scripts incredible Australian win

Australia 7 for 517 dec (Smith 162*, Warner 145, Clarke 128) and 5 for 290 dec (Warner 102) beat India 444 (Kohli 115, Lyon 5-134) and 315 (Kohli 141, Vijay 99, Lyon 7-152) by 48 runsScorecard and bal

1464dESPNcricinfo staff

Warner, Kohli, Dhawan fined for altercation

David Warner, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan have been fined by the ICC for their involvement in two separate incidents on the fourth day of the Adelaide Test

1464dSidharth Monga at Adelaide Oval

Kohli attains batting nirvana

Virat Kohli's innings on the final day transcended the conditions, the bowlers and his batting partners, and when it was all in vain, he displayed remarkable grace in defeat

1464dDaniel Brettig

Nathan Lyon's last-day catharsis

Throughout his Test career, Nathan Lyon has struggled to fully tap his undoubted potential, often struggling to match his first-innings exploits on later days. All of that changed on Saturday

1464dSidharth Monga in Adelaide

'I wasn't thinking of a draw at any stage' - Kohli

India came into the final day in Adelaide knowing it was going to be a hard day's cricket, with Australia setting a stiff target. At no point, though, was stand-in captain Virat Kohli going to settle for a draw

1464dJarrod Kimber at Adelaide Oval

The perfect Test

After the tragedy of Phillip Hughes' death, this match showed that cricket and life will continue to go on. This time Test cricket dug in and got through to tea.

1463dSidharth Monga at Adelaide Oval

BCCI's argument against DRS not 100%

Turning your back on a system that the whole cricketing world wants a discussion on, refusing to discuss it because it is not 100%, is not good enough

1436dSidharth Monga at the SCG

'We played the kind of cricket we wanted to' - Kohli

India are satisfied with the effort on the last days in Melbourne and Sydney, but Virat Kohli said they are not seeking pleasure from the fact that Australia lost 0-4 when they last toured India

1464dDaniel Brettig

Clarke admits he may never play again

Michael Clarke has admitted he may never play again after chronic back and hamstring problems overtook him during the first Test against India in Adelaide

Day 4

1464dSidharth Monga at Adelaide Oval

Tensions rise as players lose cool

The unnatural calm that existed between these two teams evaporated in the Adelaide heat when the umpires had to intervene on at least two occasions to separate the squabbling players

1465dBishen Jeswant

Lyon 2, Warne 1

Stats analysis of the fourth day of the Adelaide Test between India and Australia

1465dDaniel Brettig at Adelaide Oval

Warner admits he should have bitten tongue

David Warner has admitted he may have bit back a little too strongly when he gained the rare opportunity to reply to a send-off, from Varun Aaron, after replays showed the Indian paceman had delivered a no-ball

Day 3

1466dThe Report by Abhishek Purohit

Kohli century leads India's reply

On Test captaincy debut, on the ground where he had scored his maiden Test century, Virat Kohli made his seventh hundred to lead India's reply to Australia's 7 for 517 declared

1466dSidharth Monga in Adelaide

Johnson and Kohli fight their demons

From the bouncer that struck him on the badge of his helmet to the bouncer that dismissed him, Virat Kohli's century, and his duel with Mitchell Johnson, made for compelling human drama

1466dDaniel Brettig in Adelaide

Lyon earns Indian respect

India's batsmen were eager to attack Nathan Lyon when he began his first spell, but as the day wore on they grew increasingly wary as he ripped the ball out of the footmarks and picked up two key wickets

1465dJarrod Kimber at Adelaide Oval

The terrifying bouncer

When Mitchell Johnson hit Virat Kohli on the helmet with a bouncer, Australian fielders came from everywhere. Mental disintegration had gone, replaced by the cricket unity. Two teams, one family.

Day 2

1467dThe Report by Abhishek Purohit

Smith, Clarke flatten India on rainy day

Michael Clarke battled through severe back pain to make his 28th Test hundred, Steven Smith scored his fifth and the pair punished India's inconsistent bowlers on a second day badly hit by rain

1467dDaniel Brettig at Adelaide Oval

Clarke's series clouded despite brave 128

Injections, massage, exercise and no little motivation allowed Michael Clarke to fashion a remarkable hundred in the midst of a back flare-up at Adelaide Oval, but Australia's selectors must now deliberate over how sustainable such a combination will be f

1467dSidharth Monga in Adelaide

Charitable India wait for another declaration

Australia still had work to do when they began day two, but it all turned too easy for them as Michael Clarke and Steven Smith feasted on a choice selection of dropped catches, long-hops and length balls on the pads

1467dDaniel Brettig at Adelaide Oval

Smith prospers through patience

Michael Clarke's hundreds are now rarer, but Steven Smith and David Warner have taken up the slack. In Adelaide they have played sweetly either side of Clarke to underline the gathering depth in Australia's batting.

1467dJarrod Kimber at Adelaide Oval

Clarke broken but not beaten

The young Michael Clarke wouldn't recognise this broken old man. But he'd respect him. He'd want to be him, injury and all. Because Michael Clarke is now the hero he has wanted to be since he was born.

Day 1

1468dThe Report by Abhishek Purohit

India strike after swift Warner century

With the focus firmly on how the Australians would front up to Test cricket following Phillip Hughes' demise, David Warner scattered whatever nerves or doubts there may have been with a blazing start to the first Test

1468dDaniel Brettig at Adelaide Oval

Warner's blue sky hundred

No cricketer was closer to Phillip Hughes in the horrible hour between his collapse and conveyance to hospital than David Warner. The emotion of Warner's hundred in Adelaide was apparent all the way through

1468dJarrod Kimber at Adelaide Oval

The bouncer goes on

This Test couldn't really start until a bowler hit the middle of the pitch, until that first bouncer was bowled aggressively and handled safely. Because the bouncer belongs to cricket

1468dDaniel Brettig at Adelaide Oval

'My little mate was down the other end'

Mere days after he was unable to bat in the nets, David Warner reckoned his first-day hundred against India the finest of his career, but admitted he will face further demons when the Test team returns in the new year to Sydney and the scene of Phillip Hu

1467dSidharth Monga at Adelaide Oval

India's bowling plans go awry

India began with plans that were off, and continued with them for too long. To add to that, their fielding was lethargic in that first hour


1462dMichael Jeh

A Test match for the ages

The Adelaide Test was pulsating, dramatic and poignant, and threw up questions about India's captaincy, and the absence of the DRS

1462dSidharth Monga

Karn struggles to stay afloat

The failed gamble of handing Karn Sharma a Test debut despite him having a moderate first-class record means India have to rethink who their spinner will be

1465dV Ramnarayan

India's Adelaide blunder

Picking a newbie as the sole spinner in the XI could be a mistake that will haunt them

1462dMukul Kesavan

When defeat isn't depressing

After a long time we have seen an Indian team and captain enjoy the challenge of trying to overcome stronger opposition in an overseas Test

1463dDaniel Brettig

Clarke doubt opens captaincy debate

Australia's selectors and board will deliberate overnight on the choice of captain for Wednesday's second Test at the Gabba, after Michael Clarke's frank admission about his clouded future gave all parties reason for pause

1468dDaniel Brettig at Adelaide Oval

Clarke retires hurt with back injury

Michael Clarke left Adelaide Oval for further treatment after retiring hurt with an apparent relapse of his chronic back condition during day one of the first Test against India

1469dESPNcricinfo staff

Kohli to lead India in Adelaide Test

Virat Kohli will lead India for the first time in Tests after it was confirmed that MS Dhoni will miss the Adelaide Test starting tomorrow due to a thumb injury

1469dSidharth Monga in Adelaide

Test cricket enters its toughest week

The first Test will be hard to play, but it must be played. It will be difficult to watch, but it must be watched. The first ball can't be bowled soon enough, though nobody can be quite prepared for it

Home field advantage


This is the 12th consecutive match won by the home side in Tests between Australia and India

Main Man


Including the Delhi 4th Test in 2012/13, Lyon has taken 21 of the last 34 Indian wickets for Australia



Number of Indian openers who have made 50-plus scores in both innings of a Test in Australia - M Vijay, Virender Sehwag and Abid Ali



Runs conceded by Karn Sharma in the 64th over, the second most expensive by an Indian spinner since 2001

Purple patch


Hundreds scored by Warner in 2014. Ponting (7) has the most hundreds by an Australian in a calendar year

Top order form


Number of years, before Warner today, since an Australian opener made 1000 Test runs in a year - Simon Katich in 2008 & 2009

Lyon ends long wait


Years since an Australian spinner picked up a five-for against India at home - Bob Simpson at Sydney, 1968.

Taste of their own medicine


Five out of the last eight five-fors against India have been taken by off spinners.

Lyon against India


Number of five-fors for Nathan Lyon against India. The only Australian spinners to take more are Benaud (5) and Mallett (3).

Firing Collectively


Number of times that 5 of India's top 6 batsmen have made 40+ scores in Australia. The last time was at Melbourne in 1986.