India beat Australia by 31 runs in the first Test to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series at the Adelaide this morning. Chasing a target 323, Australia were all out for 291 in 119.5 overs on the final day. The home side resumed from overnight 104 for four, needing 219 more for an improbable victory.
Batting first, India were all out for 250 in their first innings and then bowled out the hosts for 235 to take a 15-run lead. India made 307 in their second innings to set Australia a challenging target. After this win, Virat Kohli became the first Indian captain to win Tests in Australia, England and South Africa.
India also became the second Asian side to win the first Test of a series in Australia after Pakistan at the MCG in 1978/79 (series 1-1). India’s Cheteshwar Pujara was adjudged man of the match. Ashwin, who took six wickets, registered his best match figures in Australia.