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Was expecting a real dogfight: Paine

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Last updated on: December 19, 2020 16:11 IST
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'Full credit to our bowling attack again. Nice to get off to a good start. Chuffed with the way we bowled in this Test.'

Mayank Agarwal tries to evade a bouncer during the 2nd innings on Day 3 of the first Test at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide on Saturday

IMAGE: Mayank Agarwal tries to evade a bouncer during the 2nd innings on Day 3 of the first Test at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide on Saturday. Photograph: Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images

After taking a 1-0 lead in the four-match Test series, Australia skipper Tim Paine said he was expecting the 'real dogfight' in the pink-ball Test and credited his bowlers for the brilliant performance against India on Saturday.

The hosts registered an eight-wicket victory on Saturday and Paine still believes that they need to work on their batting, although Joe Burns got some momentum in the second innings.

"No, not really. Said in the media both these attacks have the ability to take quick wickets. Didn't expect it to come that quick. Was expecting a real dogfight. To hang in, give our bowlers a chance, and then turn up and start the day the way we did. Full credit to our bowling attack again. Nice to get off to a good start. Chuffed with the way we bowled in this Test,” Paine said after the match.

 

He showered praise on Burns, who got a few runs under his belt in the second innings.

Australia's Joe Burns is congratulated by Steve Smith after he hit a six to get to his 50 and score the winning runs.

IMAGE: Australia's Joe Burns is congratulated by Steve Smith after he hit a six to get to his 50 and score the winning runs. Photograph: Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images

“Still a bit of work to do with our batting. Burns is a really important part of our team. All cricketers know how hard it is to come out of a rut like that," Paine added.

Paine was named Player of the Match for his 73-run knock studded with 10 fours as he guided the hosts to 191 in the first innings.

On the third day of the first Test, India was bundled out for 36 in the second innings and Australia had just 90 runs to chase for victory.

Australia chased down the total comfortably 1-0 ahead in the series. The score was breached inside 21 overs, without breaking a sweat, as Burns and Steve Smith remained unbeaten on 51 and 1 respectively.

Burns scored an unbeaten half-century and Matthew Wade smashed 33 runs to go.

For Australia, Josh Hazelwood scalped five wickets while Pat Cummins took four wickets.

36 is India's lowest-ever score in Test cricket. Before this, India's lowest score was 42 in Tests, it came against England in 1974.

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