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Adelaide: India lose first Test against Australia by 48 runs

Off-spinner Nathan Lyon takes 7 wickets for 152 runs to help the home team go one-up in the 4-match series after Virat Kohli and Murali Vijay gave India a fighting chance with brilliant batting display

Adelaide: India suffered a dramatic batting collapse, losing eight wickets in the final session and were bowled out for 315 runs, to lose the first Test against Australia by 48 runs on the fifth and final day at the Adelaide Oval here Saturday.

Australia's spin bowler Nathan Lyon (C) lauds an unsuccessful leg before wicket appeal against India's Cheteshwar Pujara (L) on the final day of the first cricket Test match between Australia and India at the Adelaide Oval. Pic/AFP
Australia's spin bowler Nathan Lyon (C) lauds an unsuccessful leg before wicket appeal against India's Cheteshwar Pujara (L) on the final day of the first cricket Test match between Australia and India at the Adelaide Oval. Pic/AFP

Skipper Virat Kohli (141) scored his second century of the match, again leading the visitors' batting charge. He was given able support by opener Murali Vijay (99).

But their good work wasn't complemented by the rest of the team as they succumbed to the guile of off-spinner Nathan Lyon who took seven wickets for 152 runs.

Australia had earlier declared their second innings at 290 for five.

Virat Kohli celebrates as he reaches to his century during the final day of the first cricket Test match between Australia and India at the Adelaide Oval on December 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO
Virat Kohli celebrates as he reaches to his century during the final day of the first cricket Test match between Australia and India at the Adelaide Oval on December 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO

Kohli became only the second player in Test history to score a century in both innings on his debut as captain but the stupendous feat was completely overshadowed by the shockingly inept performance by his other batting colleagues,
who seemed bent on committing harakiri.

Off-spinner Nathan Lyon was the pick of the Australian bowler as he exploited the rough on the track to good effect to finish with figures for 7/152 for an overall haul of 12 wickets in the match. Lyon was adjudged Man of the Match for his superlative effort.
With inputs from agencies

Scoreboard on the concluding day of the first Test between India and Australia at the Adelaide Oval

Australia (first Innings): 517/7 declared

India (first Innings): 444 all out

Australia (second Innings):
Chris Rogers c R Sharma b K Sharma 21
David Warner b K Sharma 102
Shane Watson b Mohammed Shami 33
Michael Clarke c Saha b Aaron 7
Steven Smith batting 52
Mitchell Marsh c Vijay b RG Sharma 40
Brad Haddin batting 14
Extras (b 1, lb 6, w 5, nb 9) 21
Total (for five wickets in 69 overs; dec) 290

Fall of wickets: 1-38 (Rogers, 12.1 overs), 2-140 (Watson, 38.5), 3-168 (Clarke, 45.6), 4-213 (Warner, 59.1), 5-266 (Marsh, 64.4)

Bowling:
Mohammed Shami 11-2-42-1
Ishant Sharma 14-3-41-0
Karn Sharma 16-2-95-2
Murali Vijay 6-0-27-0
Varun Aaron 10-0-43-1
Rohit Sharma 12-2-35-1

India (second innings):
Shikhar Dhawan c Haddin b Johnson 9
Murali Vijay batting 85
Cheteshwar Pujara c Haddin b Lyon 21
Virat Kohli c Marsh b Lyon 141
Ajinkya Rahane c Rogers b Lyon 0
Rohit Sharma c Warner b Lyon 6
Wriddhiman Saha b Lyon 13
Karn Sharma not out 4
Mohammed Shami c Johnson b Harris 5
Varun Aaron lbw b Johnson 1
Ishant Sharma st Haddin b Lyon 1
Extras (b 5, lb 8, w 2) 15
Total (all out in 87.1 overs) 315

Fall of wickets: 1-16 (Dhawan, 4.1), 2-57 (Pujara, 19.2), 3-242 (Vijay, 69.1), 4-242 (Rahane, 69.6), 5-277 (RG Sharma, 77.4), 6-299 (Saha, 79.6), 7-304 (Kohli, 81.4), 8-309 (Mohammed Shami, 84.2), 9-314 (Aaron, 86.1), 10-315 (I Sharma, 87.1)

Bowling:
Mitchell Johnson 16-2-45-2
Ryan Harris 19-6-49-1
Nathan Lyon 34.1-5-152-7
Peter Siddle 9-3-21-0
Shane Watson 2-0-6-0
Steven Smith 3-0-18-0
Mitchell Marsh 4-1-11-0

Match Details:
Umpires: Marais Erasmus (South Africa) and Ian Gould (England)
Test debut: Karn Sharma (India)
TV umpire: Mick Martell
Match referee: Jeff Crowe (New Zealand)
Reserve umpire: Geoff Joshua

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