Australia vs India Adelaide Test Day Three Overview.
The smell of 'summer of 42' was in the air with Indian batting sinking to 8 wickets for 26 runs on Saturday morning in the second innings in Adelaide and it happened worst than what occurred 46 years ago at Lords. Virat Kohli-led Indian innings collapsed to 36 (at the loss of 9 wickets while Mohammad Shami retired hurt) in the second innings to help Australia register victory in the 1st Test in Adelaide by 8 wickets.
India’s 36 all-out has been the nation's lowest total in its Test history after 46 years of their all out for 42 at Lords and this has also been the fourth-lowest total run in the 143 years' history of Test cricket! Australia won the match losing only 2 wickets in their second innings while Joe Burns who was struggling to survive from his terrible form in recent times recaptured his establishment within the selectors' mind by being unbeaten 51 off 63 balls including a big six as the winning shot through the deep fine-leg.
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But While going for the overview of the Australia vs India Adelaide Test Overview the 15 thousand socially distanced attendance at the stadium on the day, must have to pay attribute to the Australian pacers, especially to Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood who had an inspiring performance through their flawless swing bowling and accuracy of line and length, brought Australia back into the battle even after their dismal 191 all-out in the first innings. Both the quick bowlers touch milestones. Hazlewood reached 200th Test wicket in the middle of the spectacular spell of his career that consisted of 5 for 8 runs! Hazlewood’s brilliant show reminded us of Ernie Toshak’s 5 for 2 at Gabba, Brisbane against India in their inaugural Test series in 1947-48. However Hazlewood’s 5 for 8 crossed the previous landmark of 5 for 9 runs created by Tim May against West Indies in Adelaide in the 1992-93 series.
Pat Cummins also touched a milestone by scalping the 150th wicket in his 31st test, equaling legendary Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett. The Northern gate of Adelaide Oval has been named after him.
The overview of the Australia vs India Adelaide Test has also unveiled another anxious point to Indian team management that Mohammad Shami, the most experienced pacer in the present Indian bowling line-up might be uncertain for the second Test in Melbourne, starting from Boxing Day on 26th December as he could not enter the field after being hit while batting earlier today. His injury and scarcity of fitness might be a headache before the series proceeds.
Immediately after the disaster Indian coach Ravi Shastri had to face an extreme level of ire on social media as several cricket lovers have claimed that Shashtri should immediately be discharged.
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The overview of the Australia vs India Test has divulged another interesting but unfortunate fact that the scores in India’s second innings, 9, 4, 2, 0, 4, 0, 8, 4, 0, 4, 1 which sounds like a Mumbai mobile telephone number happened after 68 years when Australia managed to save Ashes game in 1952 series against England where the top score was 8! On Saturday also in India's second innings, Mayank Agarwal was the top scorer with 9 runs!
Another significant feature is there that India's disaster in Adelaide has a resemblance with the disaster at Lords 46 years ago! India was similarly wrapped up by the swing bowling of Chris Old and Geoff Arnold at Lords in 1974. Old captured 5 for 21 while Arnold bagged 4 for 19 and at Lords also B. Chandrashekhar, the lethal spinner could step into the field due to a finger injury as Shami was absent at Adelaide on Saturday.
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But surprisingly, Adelaide's pitch never behaved complicated in the second innings amidst the clear Sunshine but the weather was soggy and humid at Lords 46 years ago and the players were being played on an uncovered pitch during that time. So, Virat Kohli and his mates cannot avoid the responsibility of their lackluster approach and failure in technique against in combating the superior level of swing bowling from Cummins and Hazlewood.