On Thursday, December 17, Australia and India locked horns in the first-ever pink-ball Test at the Adelaide Oval. Virat Kohli and his men are in Australia to play a four-match Test series, apart from the recently-concluded limited-overs series.
The intensity is always at its peak when it comes to the India-Australia rivalry, especially in the purest format of the game. The two teams have competed in some of the best Tests in the history of the game.
On Thursday, December 17, Australia and India renewed their rivalry as the two teams locked horns in the first-ever pink-ball Test at the Adelaide Oval. Virat Kohli and his men are in Australia to play a four-match Test series, apart from the recently-concluded limited-overs series, having won the Test series 3-1 last time out.
As Team India look to defend the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, which they won during the 2018-19 tour, let's take a look at 5 most iconic Test matches featuring Australia and India in Australia:
1. 2008 Sydney Test: Australia won the match by 22 runs
The 2008 Sydney Test between India and Australia was one of the most controversial matches in the history of the sport. This match had raised quite a few eyebrows owing to the number of umpiring errors made by veteran umpires, Steve Bucknor and Mark Benson.
Moreover, Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh was charged for racial abuse while the Australian players were accused of poor sportsmanship for trying to influence the umpire's decision, which led to all sorts of controversies.
Nonetheless, Australia won the game on Day 5 with minutes to spare, and took a 2-0 lead in the series, having also won the Boxing-Day Test at the MCG.
2. 2003 Adelaide Test: India won by 4 wickets
With nothing to separate the two sides in the series opener at the Gabba, Team India took a surprising 1-0 lead after a narrow 4-wicket win at the Adelaide Oval. Batting first, Australia went on to put a massive total of 556, on the back Ricky Ponting's 275.
In reply, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman's knocks of 233 and 148 helped India stitch a total of 523. Australia, however, managed to add just 196 runs to their existing lead of 33, as India went on to win the game with four wickets to spare on the final day.
3. 2014 Melbourne Test: Match Drawn
Australia was cruising comfortably, having taken a 2-0 lead in the series after triumphs in Adelaide and Brisbane. Batting first, Australia, thanks to Steve Smith's 192, posted a huge total of 530 on the board.
In reply, Virat Kohli (169) and Ajinkya Rahane (147) stitched a partnership of 262 to put India in a comfortable position, before a lower-middle order collapse halted their progress, eventually bowled out for 465.
The Steve Smith-led side declared their innings after Shaun Marsh got run-out on 99 before Kohli (54) and Rahane (48) saved the day for the visitors, once again.
4. 2008 Perth Test: India won by 72 runs
The Australia team took a 2-0 lead over India after victories at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the Sydney Cricket Ground. However, Team India gave them a reality check in Perth after the controversial Test match in Sydney.
Batting first, the visitors posted a respectable total of 330 in the first innings. Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar emerged as the top-scorers with knocks of 93 and 71, respectively. In reply, the Aussies got bundled out for just 212, trailing India by 118 runs.
India then added 294 runs to their lead, giving Australia a massive 413 runs to win the match. The hosts, however, stitched a fighting total of 340 but fell 72 runs short of the target. This win also marked the first-ever triumph by an Asian side at the Western Australia Cricket Association (WACA), Perth.
5. 2018 Adelaide Test: India won by 31 runs
Last but not the least, India’s narrow win over Australia in the series opener in the 2018-19 Tour. After Virat Kohli decided to bat first, India was bundled out for just 250 despite Cheteshwar Pujara’s gutsy 123.
However, Indian bowlers stood firm and never allowed the Australian batsmen to settle in. Travis Head top-scored with 72 as Australia were bundled out for 235, trailing India by 15 runs. The visitors then added 307 runs to their lead, handing Australia a total of 323 runs.
The Indian bowlers, just like they did in the first innings, took the onus and bowled out the hosts for 291. Bumrah, Shami, and Ashwin bagged three wickets each as India took a 1-0 in the four-match series. Virat Kohli’s men then ended up winning the series 2-1, becoming the first Asian team to beat Australia in a Test series Down Under.