India draw first blood as they bid for maiden series win in Australia
Virat Kohli’s tourists hold off lower-order fightback to take opening Adelaide Test
Captain Virat Kohli and Ravi Ashwin celebrate India’s first Test win over Australia in Adelaide. Photograph: Dave Hunt/EPA
India 250 & 307; Australia 235 & 291: India win by 31 runs.
India held off an Australia fightback to win the first Test in Adelaide by 31 runs.
Shaun Marsh’s 60 and lower-order resistance gave the hosts hope of recovering from 115 for five in pursuit of 323.
Australia started the day requiring 219 runs with six wickets remaining.
Travis Head added just three before he was caught following a short ball from Ishant Sharma.
Marsh kept Australia’s hopes alive by reaching a half-century, but fell when Bumrah found the outside edge, leaving his side on 156 for six.
At times an unlikely win seemed almost within reach as the pair combined for a 32-run stand.
But India clinched the win — and a 1-0 series lead — when Hazlewood edged Ashwin to second slip.