India vs Australia 2018 1st Test: Virat Kohli-led Indian team created history in Adelaide by winning the first battle of the four-Test series against Australia by 31 runs. with this memorable victory, captain Virat Kohli has entered the league of greats by becoming the fourth Indian skipper to win at least a Test in most overseas countries. Kohli has now 5 wins (overseas victories in different nations) against his name while leading the country, he equalled Rahul Dravid’s record with the win at Adelaide. Also Read - COVID-19 Pandemic: BCCI Donates Rs 51 Crore to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Relief Fund
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly is at the top of the list with seven overseas victories followed by MS Dhoni, who boast of six wins. This was the first time when the tourists’ have won the first Test of a series in Australia in 70 years, also this was Team India’s first win in Down Under since 2008. Also Read - Mike Hesson Throws Weight Behind Virat Kohli, Says India Captain Wasn't The Only One to Struggle in New Zealand
Chasing 323, the hosts were bowled out for 291 in 119.5 overs shortly before tea on day five with Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami taking three wickets each for a 1-0 lead in the four-match series.
Pant finished with 11 catches, equalled the record for most dismissals in a Test by a wicketkeeper, sharing it with England’s Jack Russell and South Africa’s AB de Villiers.
Things went too close for comfort for India as Nathan Lyon (38 not out) and Josh Hazlewood (13) put on 42 runs for the last wicket and frustrated the Indian bowling. The sparse crowd at Adelaide Oval cheered every single as the duo edged closer and the odd boundary didn’t help matters.
Finally, things came to a close as Ashwin had Hazlewood caught at second slip in the 120th over to register India’s sixth Test win on Australian soil.
“It’s important to stay calm. The odds were stacked up against them as soon as we got Pat Cummins out. I wouldn’t say I was cool as ice but you try not to show it,” Kohli said at the end of the match.