Turner helps Australia chase down record target

Turner helps Australia chase down record target

If the cricketing realm was still unsure of Ashton Turner’s skills as an international player, it was brought to the fore in the perfect manner during the fourth ODI between Australia and India. 

In a match where two players smashed tons and yet another two managed nineties, it was Turner’s decisive knock that was the most crucial as the Kangaroos chased down their highest target to win the game by 4 wickets. Turner ended with 84 off only 43 deliveries, an innings that was laced with five fours and six sixes.

Replacing the injured Marcus Stoinis, Turner walked in to bat after Australia were in a spot of bother. Despite Peter Hadscomb’s ton and Usman Khawaja’s 91, the pressure of chasing 359 was always going to be immense, but Turner ensured it was light work with some insane hitting. He attacked all of India’s frontline bowlers, sent the ball all across the stadium and helped his team draw level in the series.

The visitors had however gotten off to a poor start when Bhuvneshwar Kumar got the wicket of Aaron Finch in the very first over. Shaun Marsh was then sent back in quick succession by Jasprit Bumrah and Australia were reeling at 12 for 2. However, Handscomb and Khawaja got together to steady the ship.

The pair took their time by dealing in singles and twos and only hitting the bad balls to the ropes. However, the arrival of the fifth bowlers Kedar Jadhav and Vijay Shankar allowed the batters to get set and the duo soon started coming into their own. Handscomb, in particular, was too harsh on Jadhav as he smashed him for 19 runs in the 33rd over, which helped him move into the 90s.

However, Khawaja was soon dismissed as Bumrah hit him with a wonderful bouncer. In arrived Glenn Maxwell, who hit two fours in the first five deliveries he faced. Handscomb at the other end brought up his first ODI hundred and with Maxi in fine form too, Australia would have fancied their chances.

However, soon, Maxwell was trapped LBW in front to hamper their progress but in walked in Turner, who was to pitch in with possible career-defining innings. Playing only his second game, the player kept his nerves and his calm to ensure a memorable win for the side.

The batter used his height to great advantage to nullify the threat of the spinners and brought his power to the fore when the pacers came in. Bhuvi was hit for 20 runs off his eight over as Australia needed only 42 to win off the last 30 deliveries. After being given a reprieve by Rishabh Pant when he was on 38, Turner was offered another chance when both Jadhav and Shikhar Dhawan dropped him in the 47th over. It summed up the story of the match.

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Earlier, after winning the toss and surprisingly batting, India got off to a fine start as both their openers came back to form. While Rohit Sharma was out for 95, Dhawan struck his 16th ODI ton that helped India post 358 for 9. Dhawan got into rhythm early, regularly hitting fours and finding gaps. He managed to strike at run a ball from the very start, which allowed Rohit to settle down and get a feel of the track.

The openers were in attacking mode after the early jitters, with the Delhi player attacking the bowlers and Rohit slowly coming into his own.

Even after his dismissal, the duo of KL Rahul and Dhawan ensured there was no drop in momentum, and their efforts helped India post a mammoth target. However, Turner’s carnage meant that the hosts were unable to get across the line.

Brief scores: India 358/9 in 50 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 143, Rohit Sharma 95; Pat Cummins 5-70) lost to Australia 359/6 in 47.5 overs (Peter Handscomb 117, Usman Khawaja 91, Ashton Turner 84*; Jasprit Bumrah 3-63) by four wickets.

Records: Border Gavaskar Trophy, 2018-19

Records: Border Gavaskar Trophy, 2018-19

Virat Kohli‘s India finally won a test series in Australia. India played their maiden test series against Australia in 1947-48. Since then it took 71 years for India to win a test series on Australian soil. 

India won their first test match in Australia during the 1977-78 tour, after 30 years of visiting Australia. Then it took another 41 years to manage the maiden test series victory. Between 1981 and 2004, India couldn’t win a single test match and Sourav Ganguly’s team came close to winning a series in January 2004. This maiden test series victory has been a record maker and breaker for Indian cricket team and the players. Let’s have a look at the most important records that have been made during the 2018-19 Border Gavaskar test series in Australia.

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  1. India won the four-match test series 2-1 and became the first Asian side to defeat Australia in Australia after 31 Test series played by Asian countries. Till date, India and Pakistan both have played 12 test series in Australia. Sri Lanka have played 6 and Bangladesh just 1.
  2. India also became the first visiting team to declare in three consecutive innings against Australia in Australia. This fact certainly shows how impactful the win is even if the 2-1 result doesn’t show the historic importance.
  3. This is for the first time in more than 130 years that an Australian batsman couldn’t produce a hundred in a home test series. Australia’s highest individual total came Marcus Harris who scored 79 in Sydney.
  4. Player of the tournament Chesteswar Pujara scored 521 runs in the four-Test series. While scoring these runs he surpassed Rahul Dravid in terms of facing the most number of balls by an Indian in a test series in Australia. Pujara faced 1258 balls and crossed Dravid’s 1203 balls in 2003-04 series, Virat Kohli’s 1,093 balls in 2014-15 and Sunil Gavaskar’s 1,032 balls in 1977-78. He also surpassed England legend Herbert Sutcliffe who faced 1237 balls in the 1928-29 Ashes.
  5. Virat Kohli surpassed Rahul Dravid to become India’s leading run-getter in overseas tests in a calendar year with 1138 run in 2018. He surpassed Dravid’s score of 1137 runs in 2002. Currently, he is third on the list with Viv Richards from West Indies (1154) and Graeme Smith from South Africa (1212) ahead of him. Besides Dravid, Kohli also surpassed Mohinder Amarnath (1065) and Sunil Gavaskar (918) to top the Indian list. During the Adelaide test, Kohli became the fastest to score 1000 test runs for India in Australia. With the 6th ton in Australia, Kohli now equals Sachin Tendulkar’s record of most Test centuries by an Indian on Australian soil.
  6. Virat Kohli became the second fastest batter in the history of test cricket to score 25th hundred in 127 innings with Don Bradman ahead of him who took 68 innings to score 25 test tons.
  7. Virat Kohli became the only Indian test captain to score 2000 test runs in away matches. He is also the first Indian skipper to score 2000 Test runs both in India and overseas.
  8. Mayank Agarwal’s 76 runs on the Boxing Day made him the top scorer debutant Indian batter as he crossed Dattu Phadkar’s 51 during the first test series in 1947-48. The innings also made Mayank the second highest scorer Indian opening batsman on test debut overseas with Sudhir Naik topping the list with his knock of 77 in England in 1974. Mayank pushed Gavaskar in the third position in the same list who scored 67 runs in West Indies on his test debut in 1971.
  9. With his century in Sydney Rishabh Pant added numerous records in his name as a wicketkeeper-batsman. His 100 off 137 balls is the highest by an Indian wicketkeeper on Australian soil. Last time it was Farokh Engineer who scored 89 at Adelaide in 1967. Inevitably this is also the first century by an Indian wicketkeeper in Australia.
  10. Pant surpassed MS Dhoni to score the highest runs by an Indian wicketkeeper in an overseas test. Dhoni scored 148 runs against Pakistan in Faisalabad in 2006. This is also the third-highest score by an Indian wicketkeeper ever. MS Dhoni’s 224 against Australia in Chennai in 2013 is the highest so far followed by Budhi Kunderan’s 192 against England in 1964.
  11. Rishabh Pant became the only Indian wicketkeeper to score a century in the SENA (South Africa-England-New Zealand-Australia) countries.
  12. Rishabh Pant’s unbeaten knock of 159 is also the highest by an Asian wicketkeeper and this record was previously held by Mushfiqur Rahim from Bangladesh who scored 159 runs against New Zealand in 2017 at Wellington.
  13. During the first test match in Adelaide, Pant took eleven catches and overtook Wriddhiman Saha’s record of 10 catches (Capetown, 2018) in a test match Rishabh Pant is now holding the record of most catches in a test match as wicketkeeper jointly with Russell and AB de Villiers.
  14. Kuldeep Yadav got his second five-wicket haul in tests and this was his first against Australia. He became the fifth Indian bowler to get a fifer in Australia. His bowling figure of 5 for 99 is also the best for any Indian spinner in Australia since 2008. With this became the second left-arm wrist spinner to achieve the feat in Australia. Before him, it was England’s Johnny Wardle who achieved the same in 1955 at the same venue with the figure of 5 for 79.
  15. Jasprit Bumrah became the first Asian bowler to record a five-wicket haul in his name in South Africa, England, and Australia in the same calendar year. He also now holds the record of the most test wickets by an Indian in his debut year with 48 wickets. In this journey, he surpassed Dileep Doshi (40 in 1979) Venkatesh Prasad( 37 in 1996) is on Naremdra Hirwani (36 in 1988) and Sreesanth (35 in 2006). Currently, he is third on the all-time list with Curtly Ambrose(49 wickets in 1988), and Terry Alderman(54 in 1981) ahead of him. Bumrah’s 9/48 in Melbourne is also the best figure by any Indian pacer ahead of Kapil Dev with 8/109 in Adelaide.

Indian Test Moments @ Adelaide Oval

Indian Test Moments @Adelaide Oval

Adelaide Oval is one of the most famous cricket grounds in the world and has hosted 76 test matches till date with 75% of those matches ending in a result. Australia won 40 of those 57 matches. The ground hosted its first ever test match in 1884. 

Adelaide Oval is the first ground in the world to have organized a day night test match between Australia and New Zealand in 2015. Over the years the venue famous for its heritage scoreboard has been part of many famous cricketing moments.

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India has played 11 test matches so far at this ground with a not so impressive record. India has won only once, lost seven and drawn three matches.  In those few appearances, Indian team have created moments that only numbers cannot justify.


When Vijay Hazare Stole the Show

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Vijay Hazare (Photo: PA Photos)

Vijay Hazare was one those Indian batsmen whom team looked up to during a crisis. During India’s first tour of Australia in 1948, India had lost the first and third test matches managing a draw in the second one when they appeared for the fourth at Adelaide Oval. Australia scored 674 runs and the cricket world was waiting to witness another surrender of the Indian side. Hazare came to bat with India 3 for 69 and scored 116 runs in the first innings against the devastating Ray Lindwall and Keith Millar. While following on he scored another ton (145) to become the first Indian to hit two centuries in both innings of a test match. Although India lost the match Hazare is still remembered for his amazing showcase in front of the Aussie crowd.  

Don Bradman went to on record to praise Hazare, “Hazare gave a display which ranks with one of the finest seen in this country…”


A Repeat of Eden 2001

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Rahul Dravid, Adelaide Test 2003 (Photo: Getty Images)

India was in a tricky situation with 85 for 4 on the board after Australia piled up 556 in the first innings of Adelaide Test, 2003. Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar were already sent back to the pavilion. As always the hope was on VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid. When fans were waiting for another special inning from VVS Laxman against the yellow army after Eden 2001, Rahul Dravid took the lead role. He scored 233 and was well supported by Laxman who scored 148 and both of them managed to save the follow-on. In the second innings, Indian bowling attack made the most of the situation and Ajit Agarkar recorded his career best figure, 6 for 41. Australia could set a target of 233 in the second innings and with an, in form Dravid, it was an easy win for India thereafter. The wall scored unbeaten 72 runs to register the first and only test win of India in Adelaide Oval.


The Record Maker

Indians In Australia- Top 5 Test Batting Performances
Virat Kohli, Adelaide Test 2014 (Photo: Getty Images)

Virat Kohli got his maiden Test century during the 2012 Australia at Adelaide and since then he has been involved in a never-ending love saga with the ground.  When India team toured Australia in 2014 Virat Kohli became the most valuable batsman of the side. Due to an unfit Dhoni, Kohli got his first chance to captain India in a test match. He did not miss the golden opportunity and scored centuries in both the innings of the test match. The sheer elegance of his batting in both the innings proved why he earned the status of the most important batsman of the team. Especially in the second innings, Kohli led the team like a true leader with a classy 141 while chasing 364. The test match ended with India losing by a narrow margin of just 48 runs but Virat Kohli put his name in the record books for a number of records. 256 runs scored by him in that match is the highest for any player on captaincy debut and he also became the second captain and the first overseas player to score two hundred on captaincy debut. Overall he was the sixth overseas batsman scoring twin hundreds in a test match in Australia and second for India after Hazare. He also became only the fourth Indian to score hundred in both innings of a test match after Vijay Hazare, Sunil Gavaskar, and Rahul Dravid.

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Nowadays Adelaide Oval is considered as one of most batting-friendly conditions in Australia and Indian team will be happy to start the test series in this venue. They will look to put the Aussies in the back foot from the very beginning when the test match will start from Thursday.

Indians In Australia: Top 5 Test Batting Performances by Team India

Indians In Australia- Top 5 Test Batting Performances

Over the last 70 years, Team India have visited Australia many times, which included some legendary batsmen showcasing their prolific batting skill and ensuring a few historical moments for Indian cricket. 

With the hope of some well-crafted innings in the upcoming test series by Team India, here we are listing the top 5 test batting performances by Indian cricket legends.


Vijay Hazare’s Dual Tons – 1948

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Vijay Hazare (Photo: PA Photos)

The first Indian to reach 1000 runs and 2000 runs in Test cricket always performed in crisis for the team and proved to be a real savior. India’s tour of Australia in 1948 was no exception. India has lost the first and third test matches managing a draw in the second one. In the fourth test at Adelaide Australia scored mammoth 674 runs and India was all set to surrender once again. Hazare came to bat with India 3 for 69. He scored 116 runs in the first innings. While following on he again fascinated the crowd with a matured 145. He thus became the first Indian to hit two back to back centuries in both innings of a test match. India lost the match but Hazare’s innings sited in cricket history forever. His centuries came against the furious bowling attack of Ray Lindwall and Keith Millar.

Don Bradman wrote

“Hazare gave a display which ranks with one of the finest seen in this country. There is no doubt Hazare was among the most accomplished batsmen ever to visit Australia and cricket-lovers are indebted to him for the enjoyment he gave them.’’


Gavaskar’s Classic 118 – 1977

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Sunil Gavaskar (Photo: Getty Images)

India had lost first two test matches of the series and as always the batting line up was struggling against pace bowling attack on Australian soil. Led by Bishan Singh Bedi India batted first in the third test match at Melbourne and scored 256 runs. Bhagwath Chandrasekhar took 6 wickets for just 52 runs to wrap Australia in just 213 runs. It was evident that India was ready for a fightback this time. Gavaskar came to bat with the urge to prove himself as he had scored a duck in the first innings. Then it was nothing short of a spectacular show. Gavaskar scored a brilliant century and along with Mohinder Amarnath (72) and Gundappa Vishwanath (59) helped India to set a daunting target of 386 for Australia in the fourth innings. The Australian team was sent back to the pavilion for just 164 runs handing India their first ever win in Australia.  Sunil Gavaskar’s comeback innings was one of the instrumental keys behind this massive victory of India and is applauded by all till date.


Tendulkar Making The Presence Feel- 1992

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Sachin Tendulkar, Perth Test 1992 (Photo: Getty Images)

Australia won the 1991-92 test series against India but that series gave birth to the dependable batter at 4th position for the team. India came into the fifth test at Perth already 3-0 down and looked to salvage some pride. Australia batted first and scored 346 with a century from David Boon. Sachin Tendulkar already got a test hundred in the 3rd match of the series in Sydney. But this one was even more difficult. Tendulkar came to bat at 69 for 2 and departed at 240 for 9. In between except Sanjay Manjarekar and wicketkeeper Kiran More nobody provided enough support. But Tendulkar was in his own zone. He played multiple horizontal batted shots and some cracking drives. Senior bowlers like Craig McDermott and Merv Hughes could not stop him and the on-drive he hit to reach his 100 was a special shot announcing the arrival of a special batsman.


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Dravid Taking The Lead- 2003

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Rahul Dravid, Adelaide Test 2003 (Photo: Getty Images)

Adelaide test in 2003 was almost a repeat telecast of 2001 Eden test match between India and Australia. Australia scored 556 runs in the first innings. India was in a tricky situation with 85 for 4 on the board with both Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar were already sent back to the pavilion when Rahul Dravid was joined by VVS Laxman in the crease. Then the cricket world witnessed some legendary batting as the duo added 303 runs and ensured that India saved the follow-on. It was a reverse role this time. At Eden, Laxman took the charge with Dravid supporting him. This time it was Dravid who played the key role and added 233 runs while Laxman went for 148. In the second innings, Indian bowling attack made the most of the opportunity with Agarkar recording a brilliant figure of 6-41. Australia set the target of 233 for India in the fourth innings. Dravid again came into rescue and scored unbeaten 72 to win the match.


Kohli’s Love Story – 2014

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Virat Kohli, Adelaide Test 2014 (Photo: Getty Images)

Virat Kohli’s love affair with Adelaide Oval is well known. He got his maiden Test century during the 2012 tour in that ground and when Indian team reached again in 2014 to play the first test Kohli was the most important batsman in the team. As the fate would have it just before the test match Indian captain MS Dhoni was declared unfit and Kohli got the chance to captain India in a test match for the first time. He duly celebrated by making a century in both innings of the test match, only the fourth Indian to do so after Vijay Hazare, Sunil Gavaskar, and Rahul Dravid. Both the innings were a great display of batting skill and stroke play; especially the one in the second innings while chasing 364 for victory Kohli guided team India with a masterful 141 but a few rash shots, in the end, resulted in a narrow loss by just 48 runs.

Most wickets by spinners in a Test match

Most wickets by spinners in a Test match

The recently concluded Test Match, at Pallekele, between Sri Lanka and England was witness to a new high for spinners. 

In the Test match between Sri Lanka and England, a total of 38 wickets were bagged by spinners from both teams combined. Amongst seamers, only Suranga Lakmal secured a single wicket. None of the English seamers could bag one. The remaining one wicket was a runout by Ben Stokes, dismissing Dimuth Karunaratne. 

There have been some other instances where spinners bagged almost all wickets in a Test match. Three of the top four of such incidents have happened in India. And of course, all of the top four in Asia. In all these cases, the hosts ended up on the losing side. 


Four times when spin took 35 wickets or more in a single Test match


38 wickets by spinners Sri Lanka v England at Pallekele, 2018/19

The Sri Lankan pitches are long known as the Spinners’ Paradise. Sri Lanka had just bid farewell to their frontline spinner Rangana Herath in the first Test match, at Galle. England dropped one of their frontline seamers Stuart Broad to accommodate Jack Leach in the eleven-man side. Turns out, it was the best decision that England made now that they have already won the three-match Test series 2-0. Man of the Match and skipper Joe Root made a cameo with the ball and bagged a wicket in the 2nd innings of the match.


37 wickets  India v New Zealand at Nagpur, 1969/70

Till date, out of the 34 matches played by New Zealand in India, they’ve emerged victorious only twice. This match was one of those rare couples of occasions. The match had witnessed 37 wickets bagged by spinners. New Zealand had won their first ever Test match in India by 167 runs. 


35 wickets  India v Australia at Kolkata, 1956/57

India first toured Australia in 1947-48 but it was not until 1956 that Australia first visited India. Australia had emerged victorious quite unexpectedly by a margin of 2-0 at the end of the series. The third Test match, at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, was witness to spin taking away 35 wickets out of 40. Australia had won that match by 94 runs.


35 wickets  India v Pakistan at Bengaluru, 1986/87

The fifth Test match between India and Pakistan that had started on March 13, 1987, was witness to another incident wherein spinners had bagged 35 wickets out of a total of 40. The Indian and Pakistani sides were led by Kapil Dev and Imran Khan respectively. Even though Pakistan had won the match by 16 runs, Sunil Gavaskar was adjudged the Man of the Match for his 21 and 96.



Match Players Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM SR 5WI 10WM Start Date
SL vs ENG  9 1760 1031 38 6/115 8/153 46.3 2 0 14-Nov-18
India vs New Zealand 11 1910 677 37 Jun-74 9/100 51.6 2 0 3-Oct-69
India vs Australia 11 1533 552 35 Jul-49 11/105 43.8 3 2  2-Nov-56
India vs Pakistan 10 1530 527 35 27-Jul 10/126 43.7 3 1 13-Mar-87