Twitter Showers Praise on India as Kohli's Men Take Control

Sherman Parsons
December 11, 2018

Australia replied with 235 and conceded a 15-run lead.

Shaun Marsh has been bashed from pillar to post for a run of meagre scores at Test level, failing to surpass 10 in his six most recent innings prior to this one.

"Obviously it's a great feeling, we've never taken a lead in a series in Australia", said India captain Virat Kohli. The fact that both these defeats, in Perth and Adelaide, have taken place away from the traditional opening fixture at the Gabba will be the source of a debate about cricket economics versus Australian team performance, but you also have to factor in this line-up's loss of Steven Smith and David Warner.

Earlier in the Test broadcaster Harsha Bhogle said this Australian side was unlike any he'd seen before. "That's why we are very proud of our bowlers".

The visitors then were bothered by two lower-order stands.

Lyon, Michell Starc (28), Pat Cummins (28) and Hazlewood (13) delayed India's victory and received hearty praise from their skipper.

"I understand they're checking them when a wicket falls but like I said this morning, if I was Virat Kohli I would want to know about that because the last thing you want as a fielding captain is a wicket to fall off a no-ball".

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"Our whole bowling attack, you can see how much it means to them playing for Australia, whether they've got the bat, ball or in the field, you can't question their commitment", Paine told reporters. They have a red-hot crack [at] every ball and that's what we're building to. "I would never want to experience that as a cricketer", he concluded.

"I think Shaun Marsh is a superstar", Lyon said.

It was also India's first win in a Test series-opener in Australia and they will head to Perth for the second of the four matches full of confidence. That's the plan. This Test we haven't been able to get a set batter right through or a number of batters right through but that's a goal of ours.

"We made India work really hard, I think we made them work harder than they thought they were going to". Rishabh Pant took his 11th catch of the match.

Frustrated as he was by the result, Paine maintained his views about how he and Langer were trying to adjust the way the Australian team played. Josh Hazelwood tried to drive the ball against Ravichandran Ashwin but he just managed to edge it. KL Rahul who has been the safest pair of hands for Team India in the slips made no mistake in grabbing the catch as India won by 31 runs.

"I thought Pujara was probably the difference between the two sides". "The things that hit me the hardest was the way they were received at the airports and the way they were escorted out".

We're only a Test into this series and he's already in touching distance of eclipsing that mark. That's the style of cricket we want to play.

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