“Winners don’t do Different Things, they do Things Differently”
Team India worked on this thought process and proved by winning the 1st Test Match today by 31 Runs. This victory will be remembered for ages as the first test match of an India-Australia series in Australia was won after 11 years. Credit should be given to every batsman who raised their contributions on a low scoring pitch.
Here are a few notable reasons which affected the result in team India’s favor
Richly deserving Player of the Match, Cheteshwar Pujara played a match-winning knock for India. Scoring 123 of 246 balls, Pujara reached a career milestone of 5000 test runs and 16th century. Thanks to Pujara’s knock, India scored 250 runs in the first innings. This meant that 50% contribution came from a single batsman. In the second innings, Pujara scored 71 runs stitching a 100 run partnership with team India’s vice Captain Ajinkya Rahane, who scored 70himself, India put up a score of 307 with a lead of 322 runs which proved to be enough for the side to win the test match.
2. 100% contribution from Bowling Department
They always say to win a test match you need bowlers who can take 20 wickets. Indian bowlers ensured that this happened. With Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami led by Ravichandran Ashwin, Aussies proved to be defensive against Indian Bowling line up. Although the opening order and the middle order played some sensible knocks in the second innings, the Indian Bowlers proved they were better than their Australian counterparts in both the innings.
3.Luck Saving Ducks, but not the match
If you saw the second innings of the Australian innings, Aaron Finch survived of a no-ball by Ishant Sharma but that didn’t last long. However, the tail-enders gave a tough fight and remained at the crease for a long time but that didn’t result in saving Match by a draw. This may be because of lack of an experience in the Australian team. Marcus Harris, Tim Paine, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Aaron Finch are amongst the players who lack experience in the Red Ball Cricket. Australia needed a big knock from one of their top order batsman like Pujara did for India.
With the series poised in India’s favor with a score of 1-0, there is still a long way to go.