In the first Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, India beat Australia by an innings and 132 runs to gather a 1-0 lead in the four-match Test series.
India lost the toss and were asked to bowl by Pat Cummins. The Indian bowlers were right on the money from the first session itself. A clinical bowling performance by Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja bundled out the Aussies for 177 in the first innings. The hosts were off to a flyer with the bat in the first innings, courtesy of Rohit Sharma who just took on the Australian bowling attack. On a tricky and typical subcontinent pitch with low bounce and decent turn, the Indian skipper smashed a scintillating 120 off 212 balls, which marked his first Test century as a captain. A valuable contribution from Axar Patel, Jadeja and Mohammad Shami, with the bat, helped India to post a total of 400 in the first innings with a lead of 223.
In the second innings with the ball, the Indians spewed more venom than in the first innings. A terrific bowling effort by Ashwin, Jadeja and Shami guided the home team to sort the Australians for below the three-figure mark. Following this performance, India managed to acquire a massive victory by an innings and 132 runs.
With the ball, Jadeja and Ashwin pocketed seven and eight wickets each. Axar and Mohammed Siraj had one scalp each while Shami had one wicket to his name.
For the Aussies, the debutant Todd Murphy had a dream debut with seven wickets, while the skipper had two and Nathan Lyon had one.
Jadeja was named Man of the Match for his seven wickets and 70 runs with the bat, which was decorated with nine boundaries.
1st Innings: Australia: 177/10, Marnus Labuschagne 49, Ravindra Jadeja 5/47
India: 400/10, Rohit Sharma 120, Todd Murphy 7/124
2nd Innings: Australia: 91/10, Steve Smith 25*, Ravichandran Ashwin 5/37