When Kohli took the reigns from Dhoni at Adelaide, everyone would have thought that the team’s fortunes would change but the lack of temperament and some reckless stroke play took its toll on the Indian team. Australia piled up a mammoth 517/7 batting first on a flat Adelaide track mainly because of centuries by Warner, Clarke and Smith.India started off well with vijay and Pujara notching up handy fifties and with skipper Kohli scoring a century. India were eventually bundled out for 444, 73 short of Australia’s first innings total.
Australia started aggressively in their second innings with Warner going after the Indian bowlers and notching up back to back centuries. Mitchell Marsh too scored a crucial 40 odd runs to propel the Australian innings to 290/5 in the second innings.
Kohli would be kicking himself. The victory was within striking distance. It seemed like a cake walk when Vijay and Kohli were together but, once Vijay was dismissed on 99, the entire team collapsed like a heap of bricks. Chasing 364 to win, Dhawan went early. Pujara tried to steady the ship but failed. After that a 185 run partnership for the third wicket took the Men in Blue right on the threshold of victory, but after Vijay fell for a stellar 99, the middle order crumbled and went down like nine pins. From a commanding 242/3 Indians were seen staring down the barrel at 305/7 when Kohli departed after scoring a belligerant 141.
Clarke, who left the field after suffering a hamstring injury is doubtful to play in the second test at Brisbane which will commence on the 17th of December. Dhoni is likely to lead the Indian team in the remaining three test matches of the four match Border-Gavaskar trophy. Will the Indians bounce back and level the series? Or will the Aussies overpower the Indians at Brisbane as well. Well its the mother of all battles.