result
1st Test (D/N), Adelaide, Dec 17 - 19 2020, India tour of Australia
244 & 36
(21 ov, target 90)191 & 93/2
Australia won by 8 wickets
player of the match
Tim Paine
Australia
end of over 2111 runs
AUS: 93/2CRR: 4.42 
Joe Burns51 (63)
Steven Smith1 (1)
Umesh Yadav8-1-49-0
Ravichandran Ashwin6-1-16-1

6:43pm And that is all from our ball-by-ball coverage. Plenty of analysis, video and text, coming your way to dissect the day's play. On behalf of Karthik, Raghav, and Chandan, this is goodbye from me.

Virat Kohli: Very hard to put those feelings to words. We had a lead of 60-odd coming and just collapsed. When you work hard for two days and put yourself in a strong position and then an hour puts you in a position where it's literally impossible to win...I think we should have showed a little more intent today. They bowled similar kind of areas in the first inning as well but probably our mindset was to score runs. To be honest there were some good balls but the ball didn't do anything drastic. I think it was the mindset, it was very evident. It felt like the runs were so difficult to come by and the bowlers got confident. I think it was a combination of lack of intent and the bowlers hitting their areas. [On leaving] obviously you want to be committed to the team's cause, a result would have been really nice. But I'm pretty confident that the boys going forward will reflect on this and come back stronger on Boxing Day. No news on Shami, he's going for a scan now. Could hardly lift his arm. We'll get the scans now and will know more in the evening.

Tim Paine, Player of the Match: [Can you believe it?] Not really. I said this morning in the media that both these attacks have the ability to take quick wickets. Didn't expect them to come this quick. When our boys execute and there's anything in the wicket, this is what can happen. [On his knock] For the team very important to get close to that total. Obviously 5 for 79 you lose a few more and India go ahead in the test. When you're as tall as our boys and as quick as our boys, it can become very difficult so credit to our bowlers again. Absolutely rapt with the way we bowled, but our batting was below what we expect. Burnsy is a really important part of our team and all cricketers know how hard it is to go on a run like that, to come out in a Test match and do that will do Burnsy a lot of good.


Jack: "After all the slander, doubts and issues that Burns has faced, it's really rewarding seeing him gain confidence. This innings may re-kick his career back into gear"

Arunabh: "A big salute to Aussie trio of Cummins-Starc-Hazlewood. Indian bowlers, although good, are nowhere near this trio. Stability and consistency are the main reasons. Aussie getting out for 191 has to with their below average batting too and Ashwin!"

Ashish: "These late 2 wickets just make me wonder what could have been the situation if India had held onto their catches in 2nd innings. There would already have been a well over 100 lead and more demoralised Aussie batting. And then even a spectacular collpase as india would have given them a 150 target to bowl at. Sigh!!!"

Amit: "And Aus still has 100% win d/n test" --- Eight in eight.


6:25pm, Day 3 A game full of sensational, quality bowling ends with a deflated Indian line-up going at nearly four-and-a-half per over. Wouldn't be unfair at all to say that the lowest score in your cricketing history can have an effect. Australia have steamrolled the visitors today after coming in, arguably, slightly behind at the start of play. For India, more questions going into the next Test than they had coming into this one. Problems still with their opening batsmen. If today felt like the rug was pulled from under the middle order, then they have more to contend with now that Kohli will leave. And, as of now, there is no word on Shami who went off after being struck by a bouncer on his forearm. For Australia, Joe Burns' runs and general demeanour are a huge bonus at the end of a win that will bring so much confidence. 1-0 after the first Test. Stick around for the presentation.

20.6
6
Yadav to Burns, SIX runs

tipped over by fine leg! A win for Australia, a fifty for Burns. Short ball climbing up at leg stump, shifts his weight back and across and hooks aerially. The fielder at fine leg lunges backwards and to his right, one-handed. Gets his hand on it but can't keep his balance

20.5
Yadav to Burns, no run

short at middle stump, on his toes to defend into the leg side

20.4
Yadav to Burns, no run

beaten. Short of a length and just outside off. Burns looks to roll his hands over that and steer it behind point. Gets too big on him

20.3
Yadav to Burns, no run

good length at leg stump, flicked to backward square

20.2
4
Yadav to Burns, FOUR runs

slashed past point. Good length and sliding on wide outside off. Half a stride out, reaches for it with his hands and drives it into the ground

20.1
1
Yadav to Smith, 1 run

good length on leg stump, shuffles and clips to deep square

end of over 205 runs • 1 wicket
AUS: 82/2CRR: 4.10 
Joe Burns41 (58)
Steven Smith0 (0)
Ravichandran Ashwin6-1-16-1
Umesh Yadav7-1-38-0

Tim L: "It's amazing what a difference playing a pull shot can make to your confidence."

19.6
Ashwin to Burns, no run

tossed up at middle stump, leans in and defends to short leg

19.5
W
Ashwin to Labuschagne, OUT

taken at mid-on. Ashwin still on the mark like he was in the first innings. Beautifully dipping length ball just outside off, slowing it down because Labuschagne has looked impatient. Steps out and looks to cart it over midwicket. It drops on him and then gets big. He can only sky it

Marnus Labuschagne c Agarwal b Ashwin 6 (11m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60
19.4
Ashwin to Labuschagne, no run

short of a length and turning into the corridor, deep in the crease to chop to point

19.3
1
Ashwin to Burns, 1 run

good length and turning down leg. Gets on the back foot and dabs to fine leg

19.2
4
Ashwin to Burns, FOUR runs

swatted past backward square! Burns is a new man today. Full on leg stump, quickly in position, down on one knee, and a nice clean bat swing as he sweeps this fine

19.1
Ashwin to Burns, no run

short of a length on leg stump, pushed to backward square with the turn

end of over 196 runs
AUS: 77/1CRR: 4.05 
Marnus Labuschagne6 (8)
Joe Burns36 (54)
Umesh Yadav7-1-38-0
Ravichandran Ashwin5-1-11-0
18.6
Yadav to Labuschagne, no run

bouncer at a middle and leg stump line. Ducks to let that go

18.5
2
Yadav to Labuschagne, 2 runs

short at off stump, nicely on top of the bounce to pull this to deep square's left

Jimmy: "That's what you call a 2020 dismissal for Wade. Surprised it didn't happen to Burns instead. "

18.4
Yadav to Labuschagne, no run

good length at off stump, defended on the back foot

18.3
2
Yadav to Labuschagne, 2 runs

good length and just outside off, drives on the rise and that pings off the thick outside edge through point

18.2
1
Yadav to Burns, 1 run

full and into the pads again, flicked to deep square

18.1
1
Yadav to Labuschagne, 1 run

full on middle stump, leans in and flicks to deep square