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From Hazlewood's nine to India's 36 all out: Adelaide's pink-ball Test history

A look back at the day-night matches at the ground, which has hosted the most number of such fixtures

Andrew McGlashan
Andrew McGlashan
The Adelaide Oval is soaks in the twilight  •  Getty Images

The Adelaide Oval is soaks in the twilight  •  Getty Images

Day-night Test cricket began in Adelaide in 2015-16 and the ground has comfortably hosted the most pink-ball games, with the fixture now a traditional part of the Australian season. Ahead of the second Ashes Test, here's a look back at the matches so far.
Australia 224 (Nevill 66, Smith 53) and 187 for 7 (S Marsh 49, Boult 5-60) beat New Zealand 202 (Latham 50) and 208 (Santner 45, Hazlewood 6-70) by three wickets
A new era dawned (or was lit up) with an intriguing Test full of unknowns that produced a tight, bowler-dominated contest, although Australia's chase was perhaps a little more comfortable than the final margin suggested. But it could have been very different for New Zealand if Nathan Lyon had been given out caught at slip via a sweep onto his arm, on 0, when Australia were still 84 behind - the third umpire deemed Hot Spot inconclusive and there was no mark on Snicko. A combination of seam and spin had brought New Zealand back into the game after Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood had shared six first-innings wickets. However, after Lyon's reprieve, him and Starc, who was injured and did not bowl in the second innings, helped Peter Nevill add 108 runs for the last two wickets. In the absence of Starc, Hazlewood shouldered the burden and claimed six wickets while Mitchell Marsh nipped out three to set up the chase. When Steven Smith was lbw to Trent Boult, Australia were wobbling on 66 for 3, but Shaun Marsh made a superb 49 while there were vital hands from Adam Voges and Mitchell Marsh to bring the target in sight.
Australia 383 (Khawaja 145, Smith 59, Handscomb 54, Starc 53) and 127 for 3 beat South Africa 259 for 9 dec (du Plessis 118*, Hazlewood 4-68) and 250 (Cook 104, Starc 4-80) by seven wickets
Usman Khawaja's magnificent 145 put Australia on course for victory - after the team had undergone a clear out following a series-deciding thrashing in Hobart - and cancelled out equally fine centuries from Faf du Plessis and Stephen Cook. Hazlewood continued to show his craft with the pink ball as his four wickets reduced South Africa to 161 for 7 on the opening day before du Plessis turned the innings around with the lower order for company. Then, having noticed David Warner was off the field and would be unable to open, he declared late on the first day to try and catch out Australia's top order. It didn't work, and the promoted Khawaja played one of his finest innings, while half-centuries for Smith, debutant Peter Handscomb and Starc secured a strong lead. South Africa could never quite form the substantial partnerships needed second time around with Cook the last man out to give Starc his fourth wicket. Warner, Smith and the obdurate Matt Renshaw ensured the chase was always in hand.
Australia 442 for 8 dec (S Marsh 126, Paine 57, Khawaja 53) and 138 (Anderson 5-43, Woakes 4-36) beat England 227 (Overton 41, Lyon 4-60) and 233 (Root 67, Starc 5-88) by 120 runs
Australia took hold of this match with a hefty first innings, having been put into bat by Joe Root, but England hauled themselves back into the contest as James Anderson showed his mastery under lights before the batting failed again. Shaun Marsh's century was the cornerstone after the early hard work of Warner, Khawaja and Smith on a stop-start opening day. England were then largely dismantled in daytime conditions with Lyon backing up the work of the three quicks, but Smith decided against the follow-on even though the night session loomed. That gave England a glimmer with Anderson and Chris Woakes often unplayable as Australia slipped to 50 for 4. The pair ended up sharing nine wickets with only Khawaja and Starc making it to 20. Still, 354 was a huge chase. When Root and Dawid Malan were adding 78 for the fourth wicket, taking the runs required below 200, there were thoughts of a grandstand finish; but Cummins struck late on the fourth night and the final morning was a procession.
Australia 589 for 3 dec (Warner 335*, Labuschagne 162) beat Pakistan 302 (Yasir 113, Babar 97, Starc 6-66) and 239 (Masood 68, Lyon 5-69)
Tough for batters against the pink ball? Warner make a mockery of that with the second-highest individual score for Australia in Test cricket (behind Matthew Hayden's 380) as Pakistan were overwhelmed despite finding an unlikely century-maker. Warner, who was caught off a no-ball on 226, and Marnus Labuschagne, feasted on some awful bowling to add 361 in 80 overs for the second wicket with Tim Paine declaring when Warner passed Mark Taylor's mark and as the lights took hold. Pakistan's top order was blown away by Starc, but on the third day, Australia's fielding went to pieces while Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan counterattacked in a 105-run stand. Babar fell short of an elegant hundred, but Yasir brought up an unexpected milestone. Still, Paine was able to enforce the follow-on just as another night-time session took hold amid stoppages for rain, and the quicks again made inroads. In daytime on the fourth day, Lyon mopped up the rest.
Australia 191 (Paine 73, Labuschagne 47, Ashwin 4-55) and 93 for 2 (Burns 51*) beat India 244 (Kohli 74, Starc 4-53) and 36 (Hazlewood 5-8, Cummins 4-21) by eight wickets
The match hurtled to a conclusion on an extraordinary third morning when India were bowled out in 21.2 overs with none of their batters making double figures. It turned what had been a nip-and-tuck contest - with India in front after two days - into an Australian cakewalk done by mid-afternoon. There had been a dramatic start with Starc striking with the second ball of the Test, but Virat Kohli was masterful to lead India to the relative strength of 188 for 3 when the innings turned on a run-out created by Hazlewood's athleticism and an awful mix-up with Ajinkya Rahane which exposed the middle order under lights. However, India's 244 was enough for a handy lead, with R Ashwin taking out the middle order, and it would have been more without one of the best innings of Paine's Test career. Though Prithvi Shaw again fell early, the talk was of India building a lead of somewhere around 250. Those ideas disappeared amid a flurry of edges against Hazlewood and Cummins in a scarcely believable 15 overs on the third day. It did not, however, define the series.

Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo