India went wild after an incredible win over Australia their first Test win in Australia since 2008

India won a thrilling first Test in Adelaide Test by 31 runs.

The Aussies launched a stunning fightback to get close to their target of 323 but fell just short as the Indians held their nerve.

But there was some controversy over the catch by KL Rahul. He took the grab low down but the ball appeared to bobble in his hands, and some on social media questioned whether it should have been reviewed by the third umpire before being confirmed.

Australia, chasing 323 for victory, resumed day five in Adelaide on 104-4.

They fell to 187-7 after Shaun Marsh (60) and Tim Paine (41) were dismissed but with Nathan Lyon making 38, the lower order gave Australia hope.

They had reached 291 when last man Josh Hazlewood was caught off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.

It is India’s first victory in a Test series-opener in Australia and their first Test win in the country since 2008.

The next match of the four-Test series will start in Perth on Friday. 

“Obviously it’s a great feeling, we’ve never taken a lead in a series in Australia,” said India captain Virat Kohli.

“I think our fast bowlers came in and bowled with great heart but we knew (Australia) were not going to throw in the towel.”

Australia are playing their first home Test series since March’s ball tamping and were without the suspended Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.

Aussies had bowled India out for 250 in the first innings but conceded a 15-run first-innings lead to the tourists after being dismissed for 235.

India made 307 in their second innings before Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ashwin got three wickets apiece to help bowl their side to victory.

“It’s pretty shattering,” said Australia captain Tim Paine.

“Really proud of the fight of the lower order but I think over the five days we had a number of opportunities to get ahead of the game but failed to capitalize on any of them and India thoroughly deserved to win.”

The tourists’ wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant took 11 catches in the match to equal the record held by England’s Jack Russell and South Africa’s AB De Villiers.

He could have had the record to himself but dropped Pat Cummins off Bumrah.




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