The Indian cricket team won a famous win against Australia on the fifth and final day of the first Test at the Adelaide Oval on Monday. Visitors’ bowling unit relies on expectations and India has managed to get Australia all out of both the innings in the first match of the four-match series and won by 31 runs.
Since India had made a statement by winning the first Test on Australian soil in almost a decade, Captain Virat Kohli praised Man of the Match Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored 123 and 71 in both innings respectively.
“Collectively we were the better team and deserved to win,” Kohli further said.
Speaking during the presentation ceremony after the match, Kohli said, “It was invaluable from Pujara, his disturbances and determination brought us back in. We always knew that runs on the board, the domestic side will become tentative, We got 15 and again in the second innings, and Rahane batted well. ”
Indian bowlers introduced amazing patience on the 5th day of the match and did not give Australian batsmen the chance to open their hands. India corrected their mistakes from the first innings and batted brilliantly in their second innings, building partnerships.
Kohli said, “These things happen in Tests, ups and downs through a game. Odds were stacked against them. Jasprit was getting worked up in his last over but I just told him to relax. Something that we haven’t done in the past,” he said after India beat Australia by 31 runs.
Pujara said that his experience of playing in Australia helped him in the first Test. “I think playing before it has helped me a lot. I think who has helped me, it is preparation.
Australia captain Tim Paine felt that Pujara was the difference between the two teams. He said, “It’s pretty shattering. But India thoroughly deserved to win. We thought we could do it. But our batters couldn’t bat for long enough with our tail to win. I thought that Pujara probably had a difference between the two sides. We believe in Perth that we can still win this Test Series. “