India fall to their lowest Test total as Australia win series opener

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India were bowled out for a low score of 36 as Australia beat them by eight wickets in the first Test in Adelaide.

Not a single Indian player reached double figures in his second innings as Josh Hazlewood took five wickets for eight runs – reaching 200 Test wickets in the process – and Pat Cummins took four wickets for 21 runs.

India’s innings ended when Mohammed Shami retired retired after taking a blow to the hand from Cummins, still six runs short of his previous lowest score of 42, which came against England in 1974.

In the 21st century, the total number of spectators from any test was the lowest.

This left Australia at a score of 90 to win against a disputed India attack, which saw Joe Burns score 51 to reach the target in 21 overs to secure the victory within three days.

Mayank Agarwal scored 1,000 Test runs in the early over of India’s innings with a four, but it was about the only positive as things quickly collapsed.

Cummins dismissed opener Prithvi Shaw in the fourth over as nightwatchmen Jaspreet Bumrah, Cheteshwar Pujara, Aggarwal and Ajinkya Rahane quickly escalated the score to 15.

He took his 200th Test wicket when Hazlewood caught Ravichandran Ashwin behind Duck in the 19th over, although he had to wait for Ashwin to fail his review before fully celebrating.

Palatry had little doubt that Australia would win the match with Burns and Matthew Wade and could score 70 runs for the first wicket.

Ashwin then removed Marnus Labuschgane for six, but Burns finished with a six to score his half-century and clinch a remarkable victory.

India now have serious questions to answer before the series begins with the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, where their work will be made more difficult in the absence of captain Virat Kohli, who returns home for the birth of his child The reasons are.

Travis M. Andrews
Travis M. Andrews is a features writer for The Washington Post. He joined The Post in 2016 as a reporter for Morning Mix. He was previously a travel and culture editor for Southern Living magazine, a contributing pop culture reporter for Mashable and the Week, and a contributing editor for the Syfy blog Dvice. He also has freelanced for magazines, including Esquire, GQ and Time. He is the author of the coming book "Because He's Jeff Goldblum," a semi-rumination and semi-ridiculous look at the career of the enigmatic actor and an exploration of the shifting nature of fame in the 21st century, to be published in November by Plume.