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Australia rout India for 36



Australia has taken a 1-0 lead in the Border-Gavaskar series, fast bowlers Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood skittling India for their lowest Test score of 36 in a sensational bowling performance on the third day at the Adelaide Oval.


Resuming with a lead of 62 at 1-9 the visitors simply had no answer for the pace, swing and seam of Australia's right arm pacemen, losing eight wickets in a session with fast bowler Mohammed Shami forced to retire hurt to bring an end a sick and sorry batting effort.


Australia sealed victory without any fuss with bat in hand, under fire opener Joe Burns raising victory with a six to reach a half century as they won by 8 wickets before the evening session on day three.


India remarkably started the day in the ascendency, but that all changed within 20 minutes of the opening session as Cummins struck an early double blow.


Nightwatchman Jasprit Bumrah fell early in chipping a return catch to Cummins to be dismissed for two, Cheteshwar Pujara a far bigger scalp as he edged behind for a duck.


Hazlewood struck with his first ball as he drew an edge from opener Mayank Agarwal, a collapse of 4-0 sealed when Ajinkya Rahane also edged behind without troubling the scorers.


At 5-15 India were on the canvas, captain Virat Kohli needing to produce something special to keep his team alive in the Test match.


Having edged a streaky boundary through gully to get off the mark Kohli drove loosely at Cummins outside off stump, caught low down on the juggle by debutant Cameron Green, replays confirming a clean take to send the skipper on his way in his final innings of the tour.


The wickets just kept coming for Australia, Wriddhiman Saha chipping a catch to midwicket from the irresistible Hazlewood before the big quick had his 200th Test scalp the following ball when Ravichandran Ashwin feathered a catch behind to Tim Paine, his fourth catch of the innings.


Statisticians were heading for the record books as the wickets fell in dramatic fashion, Hazlewood snaring his fifth in an unforgettable spell when Hanuma Vihari was squared up and caught behind for 8, Paine with his fifth catch.


Cummins looked set to join Hazlewood with five wickets as he had last pair Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami in his sights, the innings over when Cummins struck the number eleven on the forearm, unable to bat on due to the discomfort of the injury.


It meant India recorded their lowest ever Test total in 88 years of Test cricket, their previous low of 42 against England at Lords in 1974.


Hazlewood recorded figures of 5-8 from 5 overs in one of his finest bowling spells in an Australian shirt, Cummins with the early damage in claiming 4-21.


All of a sudden only needing 90 to win the Test match opening batsmen Matthew Wade and Joe Burns made a positive start, Wade crashing three fours before the dinner break.


Burns was struck a painful blow on the elbow before he had scored, but came out swinging after the interval as he desperately searched for a score ahead of the Boxing Day Test.


A crunching pull shot eased Burns' nerves while Wade continued to accumlate, the pair adding 70 to bring victory closer.


Wade was run out in unusual fashion when he advanced to spinner Ashwin, the ball bouncing off short leg Prithvi Shaw towards keeper Saha with Wade out of his ground, the Indian wicketkeeper throwing down the stumps with a back flick to end the left hander's knock at 33.


Marnus Labuschagne went down swinging as he chipped a catch to mid-on for six, but Burns finished things in emphatic style as he hooked Umesh Yadav for six, helped by a fumble on the fine leg rope that tipped it over the boundary to give Burns a battling half century, a vital knock ahead the Boxing Day Test.


Having started the day behind in the game it capped a remarkable comeback victory for Tim Paine's men, at one stage 7-111 still trailing by 133 runs in their first innings on the second evening of the match.


Paine himself was man of the match for his priceless unbeaten 73, also claiming seven catches for the match with the gloves.


India head to Melbourne with their tail between their legs, captain Kohli heading home to be with his wife ahead of the birth of their first child and injury doubts surrounding fast bowler Shami after his arm injury saw him sent for scans.


Prithvi Shaw's twin failures will also have India's selectors pondering a change at the top of the order, Australia likely to face a call of their own should David Warner be declared fit for the second Test.


The second Test begins next Saturday with the annual MCG Boxing Day Test match, Australia in the early ascendency in the series.


IMAGE: ABC.



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