Australia makes India fight for victory in Adelaide



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Australia's stubborn resistance did nothing, as India drew the first blood of the series with a 31-race victory in the first test in Adelaide.

Australia struggled to the end, forcing visitors to take advantage of extra time after the tea break to complete a rare Indian win on the Australian shores.

The hosts came closer than many thought they would be, dispensed by 291 in pursuit of India's 323 goal.

"It's very devastating," Australia captain Tim Paine said.

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Shaun Marsh scored the first goal with 60, a strike that will secure his place for the next test, while the tail showed a tremendous fight, adding 104 to the final three wickets.

The end came as Tim Paine slipped into 41st after lunch, but each time it seemed India was approaching, they found stoic resistance of a new tail member.

India celebrates receiving the final wicket and win the test match against Australia in Adelaide Oval.

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India celebrates receiving the final wicket and win the test match against Australia in Adelaide Oval.

Chirpy early, when apparently all the balls were met with oohs and aahs, India's arrogance was replaced by apprehension when the target went up in double digits.

His fans were also silent. The chants of "India, India" were replaced by applause and applause from the locals, who greeted each race and each ball survived the perceived junior partner.

Cummins, who dropped a DRS call against him at zero, fought the turn but was solid in defense against the quick men.

He may not have the shots, but Cummins approaches his hitter as a protagonist and places a high price on his wicket.

Discouraged numbers Nathan Lyon, left, and Josh Hazlewood, from Australia, leave the field after missing the first test against India in Adelaide Oval.

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Discouraged numbers Nathan Lyon, left, and Josh Hazlewood, from Australia, leave the field after missing the first test against India in Adelaide Oval.

This was shown here. He was all over the sea early against the whirling of Ravi Ashwin, who was honing on both sides of his staff and his cushions.

Given at zero to a near catch, Cummins had the verdict reversed after Snicko and Hot Spot detected no contact with bat or glove.

After a scratchy start, Cummins found its rhythm. He had lucky hits with the edges rolling through gaps in the cord but was generally content to wait and let the ball reach him instead of throwing it out of his body.

There are several batters that can take a sheet of Cummins game. Of the top seven, only Shaun Marsh and Travis Head faced more balls than Cummins 168.

Indian Jasprit Bumrah celebrates after dismissing Australian Shaun Marsh on the last day of the first cricket test.

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Indian Jasprit Bumrah celebrates after dismissing Australian Shaun Marsh on the last day of the first cricket test.

Mitchell Starc's willingness to play the big drives allowed him to achieve what the front-line drivers failed to do, spreading the field out and forcing India to play the game on their terms. Singles that were not there previously were now more available.

That should have been appropriate for Australia if they were prepared to knock them down one at a time, but patience is a virtue few tailenders have.

As tensions mounted in the crowd, Starc launched a flamboyant cover for Mohammed Shami and was caught back by 28.

Lyon took the role of Starc as the dominant partner. His participation is limited, as would be expected from a No. 10, but he was not afraid to play them.

Cummins' patience ended at 28, when he was caught in the slips after misjudging the length of a fullish ball of Jasprit Bumrah and skinning a shot.

Lyon was solid in defense and attack, taking calculated risks and rewarded generously.

Overthrown in seven by Rishabh Pant, Lyon made the Indians nervous.

The same thing happened to Josh Hazlewood, whose slip over four slides was a shot well above his 11th position.

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