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Sunday, 14 December 2014

Report: Australia vs India, 1st Test, Day 5, Adelaide

India lost the closely fought first Test by 48 runs after Australia declared on their overnight score of 290/5 at the Adelaide Oval. Chasing 364, Murali Vijay (99) and Virat Kohli (141) had kept India in the fray with a clinically compiled 185-run stand for the third wicket until Nathan Lyon claimed the former. India’s stand-in skipper, who had kept the team in reckoning with a carefully planned century couldn’t find an able ally after Murali Vijay’s departure for 99 in the last session. Having ended the flourishing stand that threatened to take the game away from the hosts, the off-spinner continued to strike at the other end. He eventually accounted for Kohli as the hosts made their way back in the game and finished with seven in the innings. (Also See: HIGHLIGHTS: 1st TEST, DAY 5 - AUSTRALIA VS INDIA, Adelaide Oval)

Earlier, with 16 runs on the board, India lost Shikhar Dhawan to a Mitchell Johnson bouncer that skimmed past the batsman handing an easy catch to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin. Murali Vijay who had displayed patience and resolve in the first innings put up a stoic front as he resolved to carry India. 

The opener was involved in a 41-run stand with Cheteshwar Pujara until Nathan Lyon ended the partnership. With the pitch affording turn and bounce Lyon was introduced into the attack in the eight over and while the off-spinner was plundered by the batsmen he asked questions of them. While Pujara sent him racing to the fence, Vijay launched him over mid-on for six. But, the bowler regrouped to bowl a maiden and accounted for Pujara in his next. The delivery grazed past Pujara’s bat and was caught by Brad Haddin behind the wickets. 

With the visitors on 57/2 the opener found himself in the company of Virat Kohli. The pair forged a partnership to keep India in the fray and took the team to Lunch at 105/2 without losing further wickets. 

Michael Clarke brought back Mitchell Johnson into the attack and continued with Lyon from one end as the hosts looked to end the partnership.

In the speedster’s second over Vijay brought up his fifty with a single to mid-wicket, while two balls later Kohli reached 2000 runs in Test cricket.

Presenting a stoic resistance the pair negotiated the Australian bowlers. Lyon continued to persist tirelessly while the pacers plied from the opposite end. With a boundary to third-man off Mitchell Marsh, India’s stand-in captain too reached his half-century in the first hour of the afternoon session. Kohli was in a glorious touch as he looked to compile yet another crucial innings. He slammed the off-spinner for two successive boundaries to take the partnership to the three-figure mark and soon caught up with the Vijay with his run making. 

A patient Vijay and a determined Kohli kept the match hanging in balance while the Australian bowlers strived hard to make a dent. The batsmen gleaned runs off the spinner and kept the pacers at bay as they chipped away at the target. Vijay lofted the off-spinner over mid-on as he held up one end in India’s effort to seize the advantage from the home team. 

With Clarke off the field due to a hamstring concern, Haddin was at the helm of affairs as the Indian batsmen ate away into the Australian total. At the business end of the session, Steven Smith was re-introduced into the attack but was clobbered for 11 runs by Vijay who smacked the bowler twice to the mid-wicket fence. Johnson however followed up with a maiden to keep the visitors on 199. But with a boundary past point, Kohli took India to 200 in the next over. 

The partnership worth 148, Vijay on 82 and Kohli on 85, India had dominated the session and were 205/2 at tea. 

With the visitors needing 159 runs with eight wickets, the last session promised to be riveting one. And after a brief respite Lyon was back in the attack. Vijay soon lofted him over mid-on to enter the 90s with a six. 

While Kohli caught up, the opener reached 99 with a boundary. With two off Harris in the following over Kohli was a run away from a hundred in each innings of the Test. Two balls later the stand-in captain brought up his third century at the venue with a single and in the process became only the second cricketer to do so since Greg Chappell on captaincy debut.

Unfortunately for India, Lyon’s next over claimed Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane. Off the first ball of the over Vijay’s hard work for 234 balls came to end on 99 as he was out lbw. And the last ball of the over saw the middle-order batsman being sent back for naught.

Rohit Sharma made his way to the middle to join the skipper in pursuit of the target. Kohli meanwhile kept the Indians in the fray with a boundary to third-man off Johnson as he went past his previous Test best and brought the required runs to below 100. 

With India 87 runs short of the target, Warner took a single-handed catch at leg-slip to send back Rohit and give Lyon his fourth wicket in the innings. Wriddhiman Saha then took guard and attacked Lyon with some well executed shots. But the ploy worked against him as he was soon stumped. With his tenth scalp of the Test, the off-spinner brought the hosts back into the game. 

At 299/6 Kohli was left to fight the uphill battle with the tail-enders. Having taken the team past 300, the batsman whipped Lyon through the leg side. But the majestic innings came to an abrupt end as Kohli holed out the next to deep mid-wicket. The wicket tipped the balance in Australia’s favour. 

With five wickets in the final session Lyon had changed the complexion of the game. Mohammed Shami returned taking the aerial route couple of overs later. He was followed back by Varun Aaron; trapped leg-before by Johnson. Lyon then finished the game with the wicket of Ishant Sharma to return with 12 wickets in the match. 

Match result:

End of Day 1: Australia 1st inn 354/6 in 89.2 overs (D Warner 145, S Smith 72*, M Shami 2/83, V Aaron 2/95, I Sharma 1/56)

End of Day 2: Australia 1st inn 517/7 decl in 120 overs (S Smith 162*, M Clarke 128, M Johnson 0*)

End of Day 3: India 1st inn 369/5 in 97 overs (V Kohli 115, C Pujara 73, A Rahane 62, M Johnson 2/90, N Lyon 2/103)

End of Day 4: India 1st inn 444 all out in 116.4 overs (R Sharma 43, N Lyon 5/134); Australia 2nd inn 290/5 decl in 69 overs (D Warner 102, S Smith 52*, M Marsh 40, K Sharma 2/95)

End of Day 5: India 2nd inn 315 all out in 87.1 overs (V Kohli 141, M Vijay 99, N Lyon 7/152)

Man of the Match: Nathan Lyon for his match winning 12-wicket haul

Debutant: Karn Sharma for India

Fantastic win, some unbelievable performances. That's as good as second innings hundred as I've seen. Lyon, Smith, Haddin as captain were unbelievablesays MIchael Clarke. The boys deserve a lot of credit to keep trying to win the game. The were willing to lose to win. I thought if India were good enough to make 360, credit to them. But credit to our boys, and our bowlers. Had a scan, results are not fantastic Going to struggle to take any more part in the series. Probably better of not talking about it, the workd is probably sick of seeing me crying on telly. But we did Phillip proud

Virat Kohli comes up and rubs his eyes a touch. Says it was a great game of cricket, proud of the boys, the kind of character they showed in tough situations it was a really good effort. Pretty pleased with the way we played, but Australia did better. Told the guys last night that whatever target it was we were going to chase it. I believed in my ability, Lyon bowled the ball in the right areas. If me and Vijay added about 40 runs there, the game would have been different. You see one opening and the team capitalises, and that's what Autsralia did. I was trying ot hit it much more in front of square. But it was one of those mistakes I'll look back and say I could have done better, Backing myself through the Test and no regrets. Have to play with passion and commitment and I;d like to congratulate the whole Australia team and actually participating here after all that happened in the last 10 days

Nathan Lyon is the Man of the Match Thanks the crowd, says it was tough old day and says it was fantastic for their support. Credit goes to the groundsman, produced a great Test wicket. Last summer's atmosphere was brilliant. [Umpire Erasmus]We;re going really well, he's a good umpire, tough decisions out there and I just had to keep asking question and lucky enough some came in my way. It was Test cricket, always twists and turns and we just had to hang in there. [Kohli and Vijay] They're unbelievable, they're superstars, credit goes to them but I'm sticking with Australia. Certainly I believed, it just happened. I'll keep on believing

source: bcci.tv & cricinfo.com


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