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India stumble to their lowest-ever total

Australia vs India first Test (D/N) has seen an astonishing moment of cricket in the first session of the third day at Adelaide Oval.

India have been dismantled for 36 runs in 21.2 overs, their lowest-ever Test total. Overall, this is the joint fifth lowest total in the format. Ireland’s 38 against England at Lord’s last year was the previous lowest Test total in this century.

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India’s previous record has 42 against England at Lord’s in 1974.

Australia had a dream start to the day after India were 9/1 overnight. The rally started with nightwatchman Jasprit Bumrah (2) giving a simple return catch to Pat Cummins. Cheteshwar Pujara left for an eight-ball duck, before Ajinkya Rahane departing for the same score in four balls.

The big blow was the Indian skipper Virat Kohli (4) edging Cummins to gully as the scorecard read 15/2, 15/3, 15/4, 15/5, 19/6 and so on at the fall of wickets.

Josh Hazlewood joined the party and got himself a five-wicket haul. He also joined the club of 200 Test wickets in the process.

It took 21.2 overs to finish India’s second innings. The ending has been another big blow to India. Mohammed Shami copped a Cummins bouncer on his right forearm. Despite a treatment from the team doctor, Shami was unable to bat as he decided to retire hurt.

Opener Mayank Agarwal was the top-scorer with 9 runs from 40 deliveries.

Hazlewood bagged 5 for 8 in five overs, including three maidens. Cummins finished with 4/21 in 10.2 overs. Mitchell Starc went wicketless for 7 runs in six overs.

Australia require 90 runs to win and take 1-0 lead in the four-match Test series.

Lowest totals in Test cricket:

New Zealand 26 vs England, Auckland, 1955

South Africa 30 vs England, Port Elizabeth, 1896

South Africa 30 vs England, Birmingham, 1924

South Africa 35 vs England, Cape Town, 1899

Australia 36 vs England, Birmingham, 1902

South Africa 36 vs Australia, Melbourne, 1932

India 36 vs Australia, Adelaide, 2020

Ireland 38 vs England, Lord’s, 2019

Australia 42 vs England, Sydney, 1888

New Zealand 42 vs Australia, Wellington, 1946

India 42 vs England, Lord’s, 1974

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