India took a 1-0 lead in the four-match series against Australia after winning the first match by 31 runs. Australia’s lower middle-order and tail dished out a spirited performance to frustrate India towards the end. The frustration was visible on Indian captain Virat Kohli’s face and once India won the game, the skipper was relieved. And it showed in his celebration. India Registers 6th Test Win on Australian Soil, Beat Hosts by 31 Runs in the Series Opener.
After Ravi Ashwin scalped Josh Hazlewood, last Australian wicket, the Indian team went into celebration mode. Kohli was all pumped up as he thumped the fist in the air many times to celebrate the win. Nathan Lyon and Hazlewood added 32 runs for the last wicket to frustrate the visitors.
Before Lyon and Hazlewood, it was the partnership of Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc’s partnership for the eighth wicket that made Indian bowlers toil hard. The duo added 41 runs. Australia began the day on 104 for four and Ishant Sharma soon dismissed overnight batsman Travis Head. IND vs AUS 1st Test Day 5 As it Happened.
India's winning moment and Kohli's reaction:
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Shaun Marsh fought hard with a half-century but was eventually dismissed. Marsh scored 60 as he registered his first half-century in the fourth innings of a Test. Australian skipper Tim Paine also made a contribution of 41 runs to keep Australia in the game. Rishabh Pant Sledges Pat Cummins; Stump Mic Catches Indian Wicketkeeper’s Funny Comments, Watch Video.
The win is India’s sixth Test win on the Australian soil and first after a decade. This is also the first time that India won the opening Test of a series in Australia. The two teams will now meet at Perth on December 14.