India edge defiant Australia by 31 runs in opener

India edge defiant Australia by 31 runs in opener

India edge defiant Australia by 31 runs in opener

The loss against India in the first Test means that Australia will head to Perth training in a home series against the tourists, but Chappell thought there was a lot to look forward to for the home side. "It's just a matter of one mistake or one good ball".

A scathing review into the scandal criticised Australian cricketers for "playing the mongrel" against opponents and in response the team produced a players' pact vowing to tone down their infamous abrasive attitude.

But while he celebrated wickets enthusiastically, there were few, if any, niggles between the teams during the highly competitive game. "I think he was very economical and bowled in the right areas, just to create enough chances and keep one end tight, because we didn't want to go overboard wanting him to attack too much as that would have opened up scoring options as well", Kohli said about Ashwin.

"I don't think many people thought we'd get as close as we did today and certainly didn't think we'd win", Paine told reporters.

For Paine, the performance of the lower order in particular, putting on stands of 31, 41, 31 and 32 for the final four wickets, provided the whole team with sizeable evidence of what can be achieved by an even effort. Interestingly, this is the first time India have won the first Test match of a series in Australia.

India eventually won by 31 runs on the fifth day to take momentum into the next Test in Perth starting Friday.

However, when Starc was removed by Mohammed Shami and Cummins went shortly afterwards, it was down to Nathan Lyon (24no) and Josh Hazlewood to try and save the Aussies. They have a red-hot crack every single ball.

"They're obviously some of our more experienced players and I think the more they do that the more it will rub off on the rest of the group".

Marsh and Head had started cautiously, grinding out 11 runs in the opening seven overs before seamer Ishant Sharma struck with the score on 115, bowling a bouncer that caught Head's bat as he tried to fend it off and Ajinkya Rahane took the catch at gully.

Australian skipper Tim Paine says his side faced a balancing act in the quest to reconnect with the cricket community.

They resumed the final day of the opening Test needing another 219 for victory with four wickets down.

Chasing 323 in the fourth innings, Australia were bowled out for 291 in reply and conceded 1-0 lead to India.

"Michael Vaughan, who has played for England was saying exactly the same thing, to us, we come to Australia and we see hard fought, forward-seeking cricket". He has has got the belief that he can come out and make (himself) a hero.

Smith and Warner were banned for one year after being found guilty of ball-tampering during the Cape Town Test. Cricket Australia also handed a nine-month ban to Cameron Bancroft.

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