In a historic loss for India, Australia beat the team by eight wickets, inflicting a brutal loss for India for just 36 runs in the first session of the Test series. The Indian cricket team are currently touring Australia from November 2020 to January 2021, playing four Tests, three One Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 International (T20I) matches.
Played at the Adelaide Oval, India went on to bat first and scored their lowest total (of 36 runs) in a Test innings, and their previous low was in June 1974, when India was bowled out for 42 in the second innings against England at Lord’s; known in the cricket world as “Summer of 42”.
Scoring a comfortable 244 runs in the first innings, the Indian team, under the captaincy of Virat Kohli seemed to be off to a comfortable start. After making a record low score of 36 runs in the second innings, Australia was given a target of 90 runs. Australia’s Joe Burns and Matthew Wade made their win a smooth sail with a 50 run partnership.
Bowlers Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins were in top bowling form and contributed largely to India’s batting collapse.
The start of the domino-like collapse began when ace bowler Jasprit Bumrah was bowled out for 0. The two Australian pacers then went out to knock out the wickets of Mayank Agarwal (9), Cheteshwar Pujara (0) and Ajinkya Rahena (0) in a similar fashion.
Captain Kohli spoke for his team and said this collapse is due to a “lack of execution”, but not to make a mountain of a molehill since the team will definitely bounce back after this new low. When asked about fast bowler Mohammed Shami, who got out of the match as ‘retired hurt’ after suffering an injury to the wrist, the captain said that he is in a lot of pain and has been taken to the hospital for further scans. Further details on the bowler are awaited.