Australia scored an eight-wicket victory in the first round at Adelaide Oval, where Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood produced spells for ages to skittle an India shocked by their lowest test total in history.
Tim Paine’s team secured a 1-0 lead in the series before the dinner break on day three of the Pink Ball Test, with a goal of 90.
The tourists were out by 36 in their second inning after Mohammed Shami retired injured, after being hit on his exposed right arm by a Cummins ball.
Opening pair Joe Burns (51 not eliminated) and Matthew Wade (33) shared a 70-run position as Australia only needed 21 overs to complete an incredible comeback.
Shami was rushed for a scan and the pacemaker injury is a concern for India, whose captain Virat Kohli will soon be flying in for the birth of her first child.
The visitors resumed Saturday 9-1, leading by 62 runs. Cummins (4-21) and Hazlewood (5-8) created absolute chaos in the next 90 minutes, during which neither batter reached double figures.
“We arrived today and we just collapsed, completely … it’s very difficult to find words for how everyone feels,” Kohli said. “Literally an hour, you put yourself in a position where it is impossible to win. It really hurts. “
Nathan Lyon would be apologetic for having flashbacks to the unforgettable test collapses he participated in in Cape Town (2011) and Trent Bridge (2015), where Australia was left with 47 and 60 respectively.
The shoe was on the other foot for the supporting player in Adelaide, where he never seemed to have another single in the second inning as Cummins and Hazlewood celebrated career defining moments and milestones.
“It shows the talent we have with the ball,” Paine said. “When you’re as tall and fast as your boys and they do well like that, it can be a real nightmare.”
Mayank Agarwal’s nine and Hanuma Vihari’s eight helped India beat New Zealand’s 26 in 1955, which is still the lowest score in 150 years of test cricket. But Kohli suffered the ignominy of leading the XI that set the bar below the 42 India scored at Lord’s in 1974, which had been the nation’s lowest score in nearly 550 Tests.
Cummins caused a barely credible collapse of five wickets for four races when night watchman Jasprit Bumrah captured him back. The express paceman had Cheteshwar Pujara go for a duck, while Kohli became his 150th spot in test cricket.
Hazlewood was on a hat-trick after eliminating Wriddhiman Saha and Ravichandran Ashwin, and turned Vihari into his 200th scalp test.
“Everything went according to plan,” Hazlewood said. “The way that Patty started was amazing.”
Wade was the victim of orderly protection from Saha, while Marnus Labuschagne gifted Ravichandran Ashwin a window, but India’s body language during the last innings was that of a defeated team. Burns regained his half century and winning runs with a six when Bumrah dropped a catch and the ball went over the limit.
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