It went down to the wire but India just about held their nerve at the end to beat Australia by 31 runs on the final day of the first Test at Adelaide to win only their sixth Test in the country. The visitors had reduced Australia to 115 for 5 but the Australian lower order fought brilliantly to take the game close.

India began the day in the best possible fashion with Ishant Sharma bowling a surprise bouncer to Travis Head who had no answer and was caught at gully by Ajinkya Rahane.

The Australian batting though continued to fight on as Shaun Marsh brought up his first fifty in the fourth innings of a Test and applied himself really well before falling to Jasprit Bumrah for 60.

Rishabh Pant meanwhile was in the thick of things with his commentary behind the wickets.

Cummins was indeed encouraged by the words from Pant as he stitched a frustrating 41-run stand with Mitchell Starc for the eight wicket.

Ravichandran Ashwin bowled a long spell through the final day but failed to find enough bite from the pitch.

Shami eventually won the battle of patience against Starc and had him caught behind to give Pant a record of becoming the first Indian wicketkeeper to take 11 catches in a Test.

Bumrah was once again the man for crisis for India, as he had Cummins caught in the slips to leave India a wicket away.

The pair of Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood kept the Indian bowlers at bay but Ishant would have had the former lbw but he had overstepped.

At the end, it was Ashwin who took his first wicket of the day to get rid of Josh Hazlewood to help India win the first Test of the series for the first time in Australia.

First Published: December 10, 2018, 11:25 AM IST