Australian bowlers sent shockwaves to Indian camp when they came to bowl on Day 3 of the first Test in Adelaide.
The Aussies restricted India at 36/9 with Mohammad Shami retiring hurt after sustaining from an injury off a short ball. Australian bowlers, mainly Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood completely crushed Indian batting unit. Cummins picked up four wickets for 21 in 10.2 overs. Hazlewood, on the other hand, bagged five scalps for just 8 runs in 5 overs.
India were bundled out for their lowest total in an innings in Test cricket. Previously, India had the lowest total of 42, which came against England way back in 1974. Overall, it is the seventh-lowest score in the longest format.
No Indian batsman could reach the double-figure. Opener Mayank Agarwal with 9 runs was the team’s highest scorer. It was also the second time that all 11 batsmen failed to reach double figures in a Test inning. The first such instance came in 1924 when South Africa got all out against England on 30 runs.
Cummins bags 150th Test wicket
Cummins started the proceedings on Friday night when he cleaned up Indian opener Prithvi Shaw. He continued the momentum on Saturday and destroyed the top order of the visiting side.
The top-ranked Test bowler in the world started the show by dismissing nightwatchman Jasprit Bumrah, caught and bowled. Then, Cummins cracked India’s wall, Cheteshwar Pujara, for a duck.
With the wicket of Pujara, Cummins reached 149 Test wickets and needed just one more to reach a milestone. The right-armer accomplished the landmark in style as he dismissed Indian skipper Virat Kohli for 4. Kohli became Cummins’ 150th wicket in Test cricket. The right-handed batsman chased a wide delivery which carried a thick edge and went to gully, where Cameron Green was stationed. Green dived low to his left; the ball hit his wrists and popped out, but he managed to clutch the red-leather with his chest.
Here is the video:
Cameron Green did well to hold on here!
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 19, 2020
Fewest Tests to 150 wickets by pacers:
- 27 – Waqar Younis
- 29 – Ian Botham/ Dale Steyn
- 31 – Denis Lillee/ Kagiso Rabada/ Pat Cummins
- 33 – Andie Roberts/ Alan Donald