In a match which proved why Test cricket is still the ultimate form the of the game, the Indian cricket team put in a sensational display to beat a spirited Australian team by 31 runs in the first Test at Adelaide to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series.
A fixture which swung one way from another, with India dominating at one point while the Aussies threatening comeback on another, it was the grit and nerves of Virat Kohli and co. which ultimately triumphed.
Chasing 323, the Aussies were sure shot to lose at one point when they were 187 for 7. But the tailenders put in a fighting display and made a match out of nothing. Yet, in the end, it was the class of the Indian bowlers which helped them come out on top.
Having won the toss, Virat Kohli had decided that his team will bat first in the first match of the series. The Indian batters, barring Cheteshwar Pujara, made no use of the chance to pile runs on the board as they succumbed against some disciplined Aussie bowling. Despite the riches in their batting order, India could only post 250 on the board, much thanks to a brilliant 123 by team's No.3.
In reply, the Australian batters were no match to some really good and tidy bowling by the Indian bowlers, led by a rejuvenated Ravichandran Ashwin. The hosts were bowled out for a paltry 235, with Travis Head top-scoring with 72.
With a lead of 15, India took advantage of the situation and posted a formidable 307 in their second innings. Yet again, Pujara was the star, making 71. Ajinkya Rahane gave him a really good support during his knock of 70.
Chasing 323, Australia were never in the game, much due to their own wrongdoings. Despite getting starts, the Aussie batters lost their wickets in regular intervals, leaving very little of joy for their fans.
At one point, they were needing 136 with just three wickets in hand and all hopes were lost. Though, the tailenders put in a brilliant show, scoring over 100 runs between them to give their side a chance. But Ravichandran Ashwin had the last laugh when he dismissed Josh Hazlewood on the stroke of tea to script a memorable win for India.