Published: Thu, December 13, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Australia v India: first Test, day four

Australia v India: first Test, day four

India won the Test, like they set out to do.

AUSTRALIA paceman Mitchell Starc has been criticised for lacking fire by ex-quick Mitchell Johnson.

Regular wickets across various intervals were the only thing that kept India in the game, and Virat Kohli the skipper would easily have anxious, if one or more partnerships had made twenty-or-so more runs than what they already did. One more will put him level with Craig McDermott, Terry Alderman, and Alan Davidson.

Australia's lower order led by Nathan Lyon had sniffed victory before being eventually bowled out for 291 on the final day.

Still, he has some way to go to catch the Spin King Shane Warne, who bagged 37 during his illustrious career. That's the only way you win a Test match (.) I strongly feel that you have to play a stronger bowling side to win Test matches. Superb batting by @cheteshwar1 with crucial knocks in both innings, @ajinkyarahane88 in the 2nd innings and excellent contributions by our 4 bowlers. They had lost the opening Test of tours this year to South Africa and England, with the challenge now to prove they can handle heightened expectations of a breakthrough series victory on Australian shores.

Langer conceded Australia would be harshly judged if it exhibited over-the-top wicket celebrations like Kohli in the aftermath of the Cape Town ball tampering scandal.

Pat Cummins made 28 off 121 balls to frustrate India on the final day's play. However, a superb performance by Bumrah, Ashwin and Ishant saw India through.

They might not pay the price for their wastefulness in the second innings, where they went from a position of strength at 7-303 to 307 all out.

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Australia did have some success thanks to Starc, who claimed the wicket of Vijay (18) for the second time in the match when the opener edged to Peter Handscomb in the cordon, India reduced to 63-1.

In marched Kohli to a huge roar from the crowd, but Usman Khawaja at gully spectacularly caught him off a Cummins delivery as he attempted a drive, out after facing only 16 balls.

The brazen youngster is more reckless than unsafe.

Australia will hope the number four can bring his Sheffield Shield form on day five. "We can only concentrate on the brand and style of cricket we want to play", Paine said.

This, however, is a very different side, with the vast majority of the Australian batting line-up looking to consolidate their places in the side.

The second Test is scheduled to start on Friday, December 14 and former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne has called for the inclusion of Marcus Stoinis and backed his comments saying that the Aussies are in requisite of an extra bowler and also the fact that he is a genuine all-round cricketer.

"It just shows how strong a character he is and how good a player he is".

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