India suffered a brutal loss in Adelaide after Australia finished the match on Day 3 to register a victory in the first-ever Pink-Ball Test between the two sides.
Team India after taking the lead of 62 runs at stumps on Day 2 were expected to dominate the first Test, but Australian pacers completely changed the course of the match in the morning session of the third day’s play.
The hosts managed to bundle out the visitors for just 36 runs thanks to remarkable bowling performances from pace duo of Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.
Hazlewood removed Mayank Agarwal (9), Ajinkya Rahane (0), Hanuma Vihari (8), Wriddhiman Saha (4) and Ravichandran Ashwin (0) to claim the five-wicket haul.
Cummins, on the other hand, sent back Cheteshwar Pujara (0), Virat Kohli (4), Jasprit Bumrah (2) to the pavilion after dismissing Prithvi Shaw (4) on Friday night to bag four wickets.
Chasing the target of 90 was the cakewalk for the home team, and they got off to a dazzling start as Matthew Wade and Joe Burns added 70 runs for the opening wicket.
Wade got run out for 33 while Ashwin removed Marnus Labuschagne (6) cheaply. However, Burns (51 not out) held his end and remained unbeaten alongside Steve Smith (1 not out) to hand Australia a comprehensive 8-wicket win.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
Wow!! What a bowling display that was from Pat Cummins & Josh Hazlewood here in Adelaide. Just outstanding. Have to feel for the Indian batsman as never saw that coming – it was one of those days where the batsman nicked everything & didn’t play and miss at all ! Unbelievable…
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) December 19, 2020
Shocking Saturday Thus Far…. #AusvInd
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) December 19, 2020
So one magical session does it for Aus. Brilliant from them. Having said that and while many will write India off now more with Virat not there, still think they will make a fight of this and there is plenty to play for. They came back with the white ball, they will with red.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) December 19, 2020
Excellent & Aggressive cricket by @CricketAus . Just the perfect win for the hosts, Test cricket is here to remind us that even a good day at work isn’t good enough. If you want to seal the game every over is important. #INDvsAUSTest
— Reema Malhotra (@ReemaMalhotra8) December 19, 2020
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) December 19, 2020
India’s best chance was at Adelaide; and they squandered the advantage after the first inns. Now for the last three tests, minus Kohli, India have an uphill task of averting a series loss #DoddaMathu #AUSvIND
— ದೊಡ್ಡ ಗಣೇಶ್ | Dodda Ganesh (@doddaganesha) December 19, 2020
What a phenomenal bowling performance on Day 3 of a Test match by the Hazlewood-Cummins duo
Our batsmen looked clueless…and those outside edges 🤦🏻♂️
Till yesterday, who would have thought this match might end in 2 and a half days#AUSvIND
— Vinod Kambli (@vinodkambli349) December 19, 2020
At the start of today. No one would have thought a win was on the cards for the first Test of the summer. Well done to @CricketAus guys & special mention to Burns…. 1 – nil
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) December 19, 2020
All the hard work done by india in the 1st innings lost by pretty pathetic batting in a span of 20 overs! Congrats @CricketAus and the trio in particular! Time for our boys to dig deep and put a decent total on the board for our bowlers! #INDvsAUS #INDvAUS
— Kris Srikkanth (@KrisSrikkanth) December 19, 2020
Unreal win by the lads today, bowlers what an effort today!! Simply unbelievable day of cricket. @joeburns441 hits winnings runs 👍👍 so good. So happy for you legend
— David Warner (@davidwarner31) December 19, 2020
— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) December 19, 2020
Wait what happened? I just went to play 9 holes came back game over . What a spell by The Australians . Pace matters. #INDvsAUSTest
— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) December 19, 2020
Hazlewood's 5-8 is the most economical five-wicket haul by an Australian in 73 years #AUSvIND
— Adam Burnett (@AdamBurnett09) December 19, 2020
it could be worse, we may have woken up at 5am on a Saturday for this #AUSvIND
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) December 19, 2020
Told ya … India are going to get hammered in the Test Series … #AUSvIND #4-0
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) December 19, 2020
— Daniel Brettig (@danbrettig) December 19, 2020
36 is India's lowest total ever in Tests and lowest by any team in 65 years! #AusvInd
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) December 19, 2020
Six and fifty for Joe Burns!
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 19, 2020
Josh Hazlewood was absolutely sensational today 🔥
— ICC (@ICC) December 19, 2020
— Evan Morgan Grahame (@Evan_M_G) December 19, 2020
कभी-कभी अपार आनंद, अपार दु:ख में कैसे परिवर्तित हो जाता है, इसका अनुभव मैंने आज किया। #AUSvINDtest
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) December 19, 2020
36😳🤐….. but that’s my Jersey number 🤭🤯
— Tino95 (@tinobest) December 19, 2020
Tests won by Australia since 1960 without passing 200 in either innings:
— Brett Graham (@brett_graham) December 19, 2020
Credit to Australia for bowling so well. Cummins & Hazlewood were brilliant. They were relentless & bowled incessant lines & lengths. India just capitulated & got bowled out for 36. Great effort from Australia. It’ll be tough for India to make a comeback with no Kohli #AUSvIND
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) December 19, 2020
Joe Burns hits the winning runs in a Test match for the first time. What a roller-coaster of emotions for the Queenslander #AUSvIND
— Adam Burnett (@AdamBurnett09) December 19, 2020
Josh Hazlewood has a five-wicket haul in just 25 deliveries #AUSvIND
— Martin Smith (@martinsmith9994) December 19, 2020
Fastest to 150 Test wickets for Australia (in matches)
24 – Clarrie Grimmett
31 – Dennis Lillee, Shane Warne, Stuart MacGill, Pat Cummins
— Samuel Ferris (@samuelfez) December 19, 2020
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) December 19, 2020