Australia beat India by 48 runs in a thrilling end to the first test at theAdelaide Oval on Saturday, as off-spinner Nathan Lyon picked up seven wickets, with Virat Kohli’s inspired century going in vain for the visitors.
A match that had begun in high emotion after the death of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes ended in high drama after an absorbing final day. Set 364 to win after Australia declared on their overnight score of 290-5, India seemed to be on their way to an unlikely victory after a brilliant 141 from Kohli and a gritty 99 from opener Murali Vijay.
But Lyon, a former groundsman at Adelaide Oval, turned the match the home team’s way with his offspinners, as India’s tail collapsed and the tourists were bowled out for 315. Lyon finished with 7-152, giving him 12 wickets for the match, a career-best,