What happened? India’s worst-ever batting performance!

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India were leading by 62 runs as they walked off on day two at the Adelaide Oval to some laughter and applause from the dressing room. Their nightwatchman, Jasprit Bumrah, had successfully negotiated a tricky spell under lights, supposedly the most difficult period to bat during a day/night Test against the pink ball.

The worst batting performance in modern day cricket.
For any team – ever!

The cream of their batting order was yet to come and the lead was decent enough to ascertain that the visitors were well and truly ahead in the game. Virat Kohli, who had won 21 of his 25 games while never losing a Test when winning the toss before this, seemed pretty confident of their chances.

Yet, on the third day morning things unravelled rather quickly for India. Jasprit Bumrah, pushed onto the back-foot by a bouncer, was out returning a simple catch to Pat Cummins. Before he had time to even take off his pads, the rest of India’s middle-order followed!

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17 Dec 2020, Adelaide Oval, Australia vs India Test Series 2020/21
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Australia
191 & 2-93
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India
244 & 36
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25 Dec 2020, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia vs India Test Series 2020/21
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Australia
195 & 200
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India
326 & 2-70
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06 Jan 2021, Sydney Cricket Ground, Australia vs India Test Series 2020/21
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Australia
338 & 6d-312
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India
244 & 5-334
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15 Jan 2021, Brisbane Cricket Ground, Australia vs India Test Series 2020/21
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Australia
369
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2-62
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Over 26. 1 run. Bowler: Nathan Lyon. India: 2-62(rr 2.38)
Nathan Lyon to Cheteshwar Pujara. Off break back of a length, outside off stump no foot movement Leave, Left to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Paine. End of Day 2 and the play has been called off due to wet outfield. India have scored 62 for the loss of 2 wickets in 26 overs. Currently, Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara remain unbeaten with two and eight respectively. India will look to capitalize on this partnership and build up their total. Play will start early at 9:30am local time. Until then, cheers!
25.5
Nathan Lyon to Cheteshwar Pujara. Off break back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot glancing, to leg gully for no runs, fielded by Harris.
25.4
Nathan Lyon to Cheteshwar Pujara. Off break length ball, outside off stump down the track padded, padded to silly point for no runs, fielded by Labuschagne.
25.3
Nathan Lyon to Cheteshwar Pujara. Off break length ball, outside off stump down the track padded, padded to silly point for no runs, fielded by Labuschagne.
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Nathan Lyon to Ajinkya Rahane. Off break length ball, outside off stump down the track working, to mid on for 1 run, fielded by Starc.
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Nathan Lyon to Ajinkya Rahane. Off break back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot pushing, back to bowler for no runs, fielded by Lyon.

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The collapse

Cheteshwar Pujara nicked one to Tim Paine as Cummins straightened one off the seam to get rid of the dangerous Indian middle-order batsman. It brought Virat Kohli and Mayank Agarwal together, two of the most technically equipped players in the side.

But the partnership never had a chance to blossom as Josh Hazlewood came into the attack. The relentless seamer took just one ball to induce the edge off Agarwal as he nicked to Paine behind the stumps.

Before India could add another run, Ajinkya Rahane was gone too, once again edging Hazlewood behind. In the blink of an eye, India had gone from 15/1 to 15/5, losing four wickets without adding a single run.

The embarrassment

If India’s hopes rested on Virat Kohli, it didn’t last long. 15/5 turned to 19/6 as Kohli went chasing a wide one off Cummins to edge to gully where debutant Cameron Green held onto a fine chance while juggling.

India had never ever lost six wickets for fewer runs before this!

India’s lowest score at the fall of the 6th wicket in Tests

19 v Aus in 2020

25 v SA in 1996

27 v NZ in 1969

28 v ENG in 1974

Wriddhiman Saha and Hanuma Vihari held out for a while but the wicket-keeper batsman wasn’t going to prove his detractors wrong despite an extended session in the nets hours before the day’s play began.

Hazlewood’s pinpoint accuracy accounted for Saha as chipped one tamely to mid-wicket to leave India at 26/7. It soon became 26/8 as R Ashwin nicked behind and reviewed the on-field decision.

But Ashwin had to return after snicko showed a distinct spike when passing the bat. The last straw in the batting line-up was Hanuma Vihari, who had a baptism by fire against the Aussie attack on the last tour in 2018/19.

Vihari’s 22-ball vigil was brought to an end by Hazlewood who completed a five-wicket haul. Vihari pushed at one outside the off-stump and edged to Paine to give the captain and wicket-keeper another catch on a busy day behind the stumps.

Josh Hazlewood took 5 for 8
in the 2nd innings.

Hazlewood’s five for eight, a sensational spell of fast bowling, compounded by Cummins’ accuracy and relentless aggression had destroyed India. To end the day on a sour note, Mohammed Shami copped a blow off Cummins’ bouncer to injury his wrist, a potential injury that could end his series altogether!

It was the lowest total recorded by India in a Test innings where they were bowled out! They had previously been bowled out for 42 in 1974 in Lord’s against England, their lowest Test total.

At 31/9, the visitors would likely have succumbed to their lowest total ever anyway. Shami’s injury meant that it came to an end at 36!

From a position of strength, India had squandered their advantage and conceded the Test inside two sessions, with Australia breezing through to an eight-wicket win.

TossIndia won the toss and elected to bat.
Home TeamAustralia
Score: 191 & 2-93 | Overs: 72.1 & 21.0
Away TeamIndia
Score: 244 & 36 | Overs: 93.1 & 21.2
SeriesAustralia vs India Test Series 2020/21
UmpiresOxenford, B N J
Reiffel, P R
Tucker, R J
Match RefereeBoon, D C
2nd Inn Australia
BATSMEN R B 4s 6s SR
Matthew Wade run out (Saha) 33 53 5 0 62.26
Joe Burns not out 51 63 7 1 80.95
Marnus Labuschagne c: Agarwal b: Ashwin 6 10 0 0 60.00
Steven Smith not out 1 1 0 0 100.00
Total (21.0 Ov, RR: 4.43) 93/2
Fall of wickets: 1-70 (Matthew Wade, 17.2), 2-82 (Marnus Labuschagne, 19.5)
BOWLING O M R W ECON WD NB
Umesh Yadav 8.0 1 49 0 6.12 0 0
Jasprit Bumrah 7.0 1 27 0 3.86 0 1
Ravichandran Ashwin 6.0 1 16 1 2.67 0 0
2nd Inn India
BATSMEN R B 4s 6s SR
Prithvi Shaw b: Cummins 4 4 0 0 100.00
Mayank Agarwal c: Paine b: Hazlewood 9 40 1 0 22.50
Jasprit Bumrah c&b: Cummins 2 17 0 0 11.76
Cheteshwar Pujara c: Paine b: Cummins 0 8 0 0 0.00
Virat Kohli c: Green b: Cummins 4 8 1 0 50.00
Ajinkya Rahane c: Paine b: Hazlewood 0 4 0 0 0.00
Hanuma Vihari c: Paine b: Hazlewood 8 22 1 0 36.36
Wriddhiman Saha c: Labuschagne b: Hazlewood 4 15 0 0 26.67
Ravichandran Ashwin c: Paine b: Hazlewood 0 1 0 0 0.00
Umesh Yadav not out 4 5 1 0 80.00
Mohammed Shami retired hurt 1 4 0 0 25.00
Total (21.2 Ov, RR: 1.69) 36/10
Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Prithvi Shaw, 3.1), 4-15 (Mayank Agarwal, 12.1), 2-15 (Jasprit Bumrah, 7.6), 3-15 (Cheteshwar Pujara, 11.2), 6-19 (Virat Kohli, 13.4), 5-15 (Ajinkya Rahane, 12.5), 9-31 (Hanuma Vihari, 20.1), 7-26 (Wriddhiman Saha, 18.4), 8-26 (Ravichandran Ashwin, 18.5)
BOWLING O M R W ECON WD NB
Mitchell Starc 6.0 3 7 0 1.17 0 0
Pat Cummins 10.2 4 21 4 2.03 0 0
Josh Hazlewood 5.0 3 8 5 1.60 0 0
1st Inn Australia
BATSMEN R B 4s 6s SR
Matthew Wade lbw: Bumrah 8 51 1 0 15.69
Joe Burns lbw: Bumrah 8 41 0 0 19.51
Marnus Labuschagne lbw: Yadav 47 119 7 0 39.50
Steven Smith c: Rahane b: Ashwin 1 29 0 0 3.45
Travis Head c&b: Ashwin 7 20 0 0 35.00
Cameron Green c: Kohli b: Ashwin 11 24 1 0 45.83
Tim Paine not out 73 99 10 0 73.74
Pat Cummins c: Rahane b: Yadav 0 3 0 0 0.00
Mitchell Starc run out (Shaw) 15 16 1 0 93.75
Nathan Lyon c: Kohli b: Ashwin 10 21 1 0 47.62
Josh Hazlewood c: Pujara b: Yadav 8 10 2 0 80.00
Total (72.1 Ov, RR: 2.65) 191/10
Fall of wickets: 1-16 (Matthew Wade, 14.1), 2-29 (Joe Burns, 16.6), 6-111 (Marnus Labuschagne, 53.3), 3-45 (Steven Smith, 26.6), 4-65 (Travis Head, 34.4), 5-79 (Cameron Green, 40.3), 7-111 (Pat Cummins, 53.6), 8-139 (Mitchell Starc, 60.1), 9-167 (Nathan Lyon, 66.5), 10-191 (Josh Hazlewood, 72.1)
BOWLING O M R W ECON WD NB
Umesh Yadav 16.1 5 40 3 2.47 0 0
Jasprit Bumrah 21.0 7 52 2 2.48 0 0
Mohammed Shami 17.0 4 41 0 2.41 0 0
Ravichandran Ashwin 18.0 3 55 4 3.06 0 0
1st Inn India
BATSMEN R B 4s 6s SR
Prithvi Shaw b: Starc 0 2 0 0 0.00
Mayank Agarwal b: Cummins 17 40 2 0 42.50
Cheteshwar Pujara c: Labuschagne b: Lyon 43 160 2 0 26.88
Virat Kohli run out (Hazlewood) 74 180 8 0 41.11
Ajinkya Rahane lbw: Starc 42 92 3 1 45.65
Hanuma Vihari lbw: Hazlewood 16 25 2 0 64.00
Wriddhiman Saha c: Paine b: Starc 9 26 1 0 34.62
Ravichandran Ashwin c: Paine b: Cummins 15 20 1 0 75.00
Umesh Yadav c: Wade b: Starc 6 13 1 0 46.15
Jasprit Bumrah not out 4 7 1 0 57.14
Mohammed Shami c: Head b: Cummins 0 1 0 0 0.00
Total (93.1 Ov, RR: 2.62) 244/10
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Prithvi Shaw, 0.2), 2-32 (Mayank Agarwal, 18.1), 3-100 (Cheteshwar Pujara, 49.4), 4-188 (Virat Kohli, 76.6), 5-196 (Ajinkya Rahane, 80.4), 6-206 (Hanuma Vihari, 83.2), 8-235 (Wriddhiman Saha, 90.3), 7-233 (Ravichandran Ashwin, 89.3), 9-240 (Umesh Yadav, 92.2), 10-244 (Mohammed Shami, 93.1)
BOWLING O M R W ECON WD NB
Mitchell Starc 21.0 5 53 4 2.52 0 0
Josh Hazlewood 20.0 6 47 1 2.35 0 2
Pat Cummins 21.1 7 48 3 2.27 1 3
Cameron Green 9.0 2 15 0 1.67 0 2
Nathan Lyon 21.0 2 68 1 3.24 0 0
Marnus Labuschagne 1.0 0 3 0 3.00 0 0
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