Justin Langer admits there is uncertainty over how the pitch will play at Perth Stadium for Australia's second Test against India, but he hopes to see plenty of pace and bounce.

Australia coach Justin Langer insisted Tim Paine is "100 per cent ready to go" as he dismissed concerns over the captain's fitness heading into the second Test against India.

Captain Tim Paine insisted nothing was wrong with his right index finger having suffered a blow to it during Australia's first Test defeat to India.

The wicketkeeper was struck on a finger on which he has had several operations since breaking it in 2010.

He required treatment from Australia's physio and had the digit strapped up as his side fell to a 31-run loss in the first match of a four-game series in Adelaide.

However, Paine is adamant there is no reason for concern, saying in answer to a question about the injury: "No doubt. I'm fine."

Mitchell Starc was unable to capture his brilliant best at Adelaide Oval, taking 5-103 across India's two innings.

Questions over the star seamer's form have been raised, but Paine sprung to the defence of Starc, who he expects to flourish in the second Test in Perth.

"I think for the majority of the Test, Starcy actually bowled really well," added Paine. "I saw a bit of stuff last night that people were pretty critical of him, but I think his economy rate for a lot of the Test was really good. 

"He took some wickets. He didn't set the world on fire but I think for a long time there's been a really big gap between Starcy's best and his worst and from what I'm seeing that is getting closer and closer every day. 

"Was he at his best? Probably not, but I still thought he played his role really well and opened up the game for us to be honest at times.

"When Starcy's on song there is no better bowler in the world. Particularly with the new ball and if he can get it to swing, I think in Perth the conditions will suit him down to the ground. 

"I think it will be swing and from what I'm hearing the wicket is going to be really fast. So he'll be a handful."

That Paine was Australia's second-highest scorer in the second innings with 41 spoke to their struggles with the bat, with numerous impressive contributions from the tail unable to atone for the failings of those higher up the order.

The hosts had nobody of the quality of Cheteshwar Pujara, whose 194 across two innings included 123 in the first.

"It's pretty shattering. But India thoroughly deserved to win," said Paine. "We thought we could do it. But our batters couldn't bat for long enough with our tail to win. I thought Pujara was probably the difference between the two sides."

Captain Virat Kohli said India were the better team and deserved to win after the tourists a dramatic finish to defeat a gallant Australia in the first Test in Adelaide.

India withstood a nervy finale at Adelaide Oval, where Kohli's men prevailed by just 31 runs as the visitors won the opening Test of a campaign on Australia soil for the first time on Monday.

Australia needed a record fourth-innings run chase to claim victory and despite falling to 156-6 and 235-9 in pursuit of 323, the home side came within a whisker of achieving the improbable before Josh Hazlewood was dismissed with the final ball before tea.

Tension was building prior to Ravichandran Ashwin's match-clinching breakthrough – Kohli visibly agitated as India's search for an historic win was thwarted by an inspiring rearguard display from Australia.

Kohli, however, insisted India were the superior outfit as the series heads to Perth for the second Test, starting Friday.

"It's important to stay calm. The odds were stacked up against them as soon as we got Pat Cummins out," Kohli said during the post-match presentation.

"I wouldn't say I was cool as ice but you try not to show it. It was just a matter of one mistake or one good ball. Super proud to have four bowlers and take 20 wickets to win this Test match. It's up to our batsmen to step up in this series. Pujara and Rahane stood up in this match.

"I thought we were the better team and deserved to win. I think when they bat together like that they are our most solid pair. I think it took a lot of grit and determination to put us past Australia.

"I think our middle order and lower order could've done better. These things are things to keep in mind for Perth. But if you had given me 1-0 up after the first game I would've taken that."

Cheteshwar Pujara was named man of the match after his 123-run display in the first innings, which he followed up with 71 in the second.

"I think playing here before has helped me a lot," Pujara added. "I think what has helped me is the preparation. Ultimately winning the Test match credit to all the bowlers.

"The first innings lead of 15 gave us the belief batting in the second innings. I always back my ability and I've got enough experience."

India created history after withstanding a spirited and tense Australia comeback to win an enthralling opening Test by 31 runs in Adelaide on Monday.

Entering the fifth and final day, India were in the box seat to draw first blood in their pursuit of a maiden Test series victory in Australia, with the hosts four wickets down and needing to produce a record fourth-innings run chase to claim an improbable victory.

India appeared set to cruise to victory at Adelaide Oval when Travis Head (14) and Shaun Marsh (60) fell in the morning session to leave Australia 156-6, but an inspiring rearguard display from Tim Paine (41), Nathan Lyon (38 not out), Pat Cummins (28) and Mitchell Starc (28) frustrated the visitors.

With only one wicket remaining and nerves palpable, Lyon almost singlehandedly achieved the impossible before Josh Hazlewood (13) was dismissed by Ravichandran Ashwin (3-92) with the final delivery prior to tea as India finally claimed their first victory in the opening match of a Test series in Australia.

Australia resumed on 104-4, requiring 219 runs to beat India, who made two crucial breakthroughs before lunch.

Ishant Sharma (1-48) caught Head off guard as the ball flicked the batsman's glove en route to Ajinkya Rahane and Australia's hopes of victory were dealt a major blow when Marsh departed following a valuable 10th Test fifty – the latter getting the faintest of edges off Jasprit Bumrah's delivery.

There were two reviews in an Ashwin over and Cummins survived both – India's first turned down before Australia successfully had a decision overturned three balls later, granting the tailender a reprieve.

There was no reprieve for Paine after lunch – the captain skying a pull shot, with his thick top edge taken easily by Rishabh Pant much to the joy of Bumrah (3-68).

Starc made a priceless contribution before temptation got the better of him, the big Australian attempting to blast Mohammed Shami (3-65) but it ended with an edge through to Pant.

Despite wickets falling, there was still a sense of belief in the middle, especially after Lyon was put down by Pant but India could breathe a sigh of relief when Virat Kohli showed a safe pair of hands to dismiss Cummins, giving Bumrah his third scalp.

Hazlewood came to the crease and played the ultimate support act to Lyon, who had India fearing the worst until Ashwin and KL Rahul combined to secure just the sixth Test win for the tourists in Australia.

Ricky Ponting believes the first Test between Australia and India proves umpires are not monitoring for front-foot no-balls.

Australia still believe they have a "massive sniff" of winning the first Test against India despite a difficult fourth day in Adelaide, according to Nathan Lyon.

India captain Virat Kohli appeared to be "steeled" by boos from Australia supporters on day three of the first Test in Adelaide, according to Ricky Ponting.

A section of the crowd jeered Kohli when he walked on to bat after Australia coach Justin Langer on Friday criticised the way he celebrated when India took wickets.

Langer told Fox Cricket: "If we did that at the moment we'd be the worst blokes in the world."

Former top-order batsman Ponting, who was himself booed during the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston in 2009, was disappointed by the fans responsible at Adelaide Oval and feels it may have benefited Kohli.

"I don't like seeing it at all. It didn't worry me as a player when it happened in England a couple times. You've almost got to accept it as acknowledgement for what you've done in the game. But I'd rather not see that happen at all," he told cricket.com.au.

"It'll be water off a duck's back, I'm sure. He's probably had worse things happen to him on a cricket field, I would have thought, than getting booed by a couple of spectators as he walks on.

"If anything, it might have steeled him a little bit more.

"He [was] hardly playing a shot [early in his innings] and he looked like he wanted to really ground the Aussies into the deck."

Kohli made 34 before falling to Nathan Lyon in the final session, with India reaching stumps at 151-3 and with a 166-run lead.

Travis Head, whose 72 on his home ground anchored Australia's first innings of 235, echoed Ponting's sentiments.

"He's a pretty good player and probably doesn't deserve to be booed but that's how it is. It's probably not needed but that's the crowd," said Head.

India bowler Jasprit Bumrah claimed the boos had no effect on Kohli or India, who are simply focused on matters taking place on the pitch.

"I don't think these things are important to us because for us, what happens in that circle is important," said Bumrah.

"Everything else, we can't control. If they want to, they can do whatever they want. As long as we are doing well, we are happy."

Head coach Ravi Shastri was pleased with "cool, disciplined, patient" India as they built a 166-run lead over Australia after three days of the first Test.

The tourists took an advantage into the second innings in Adelaide after bowling out Australia for 235 and then set about stretching their lead, first-innings centurion Cheteshwar Pujara again starring with an unbeaten 40.

Pujara partnered captain Virat Kohli (34) in a third-wicket stand of 71, while opener KL Rahul also contributed 44 runs, and Shastri was very happy with India's attitude throughout Saturday's play as they reached stumps with seven wickets still in hand.

"We'll take that," Shastri told FOX. "It was a good hard day's Test cricket. I thought we did well to wrap up the [Australia] innings quickly. We kept our cool, we were disciplined, we were patient.

"Then the same applied when we went out to bat. When we lost a couple of wickets, I think that partnership between Virat and Pujara was crucial. They added about 60 runs [actually 71].

"I would still say there's work to be done. But if you asked me at the start of the day, 'Would you take this?' I will take it."

Australia were similarly optimistic at the close of play, even with India well placed on 151-3.

Paceman Mitchell Starc said: "Apart from KL, who took us on a bit and got away with a few, I think we've been very good with the ball. It makes for an interesting last two days."

Cheteshwar Pujara again frustrated a toiling Australia bowling attack as India built a healthy lead on day three of the first Test in Adelaide.

First-innings centurion Pujara patiently compiled an unbeaten 40 from 127 balls to help his side, who had earlier secured a first-innings advantage of 15, reach stumps 166 ahead on 151-3.

The number three was twice given out off Nathan Lyon deliveries yet overturned both decisions using DRS on a rain-affected day that saw the honours go to the tourists.

Lyon did claim the key wicket of India skipper Virat Kohli (34) late in the evening session, but Australia look set to face a stiff target on a pitch that has so far proved difficult to score on.

After rain halted the start of play by almost an hour, India wasted little time claiming the three wickets required to end the first innings of Australia, who resumed on 191-7.

Mitchell Starc was the first to go as he edged behind to wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant after being tempted into a big drive by Jasprit Bumrah (3-47).

Travis Head (72) and Lyon (24 not out) claimed some valuable runs, chipping away at India's lead, but the former and Josh Hazlewood (0) fell victim to Mohammed Shami (2-58) in consecutive deliveries, ensuring Australia were dismissed for 235.

After claiming his first Test half-century in Australia, Head was caught behind from a beautiful Shami ball and Hazlewood immediately followed in similar fashion as India wrapped up the innings.

The covers were back on just as India stepped out to begin their second dig and, once the weather cleared, the tourists made a slow and cautious start.

Negotiating the new ball, India only scored 11 runs from nine overs but the run rate soon rose as KL Rahul and Murali Vijay settled at the crease.

Australia did have some success thanks to Starc, who claimed the wicket of Vijay (18) for the second time in the match when the opener edged to Peter Handscomb in the cordon, India reduced to 63-1.

Either side of tea, Lyon twice thought he had Pujara, only to see decisions for caught behind and lbw overturned.

India's first successful review was followed by a needless dismissal in the next over as Rahul tried to loft Hazlewood over mid-off and instead edged through to Tim Paine.

Pujara and Kohli then regained the initiative for India with a third-wicket stand of 71, but that alliance was broken shortly before stumps when the captain was caught at short-leg off Lyon. Australia's off-spinner has now taken Kohli's wicket more than any other bowler in Tests.

 

Ravichandran Ashwin believes runs will prove to be "gold dust" in the opening Adelaide Test between Australia and India.

After two days, the bowlers have largely got the better of the batsmen. The tourists were all out for 250, although Cheteshwar Pujara made 123, before Australia struggled to 191-7 at stumps on Friday.

But while the remaining Australia batsmen - including Travis Head on an unbeaten 61 - will be looking to kick on, Ashwin similarly wants to improve further.

The India bowler has figures of 3-50, yet he does not believe his side have the upper hand at this stage.

"It's why I was bowling an extra spell after tea as well, to try to make sure that we don't give any more runs away," he told a news conference.

"I see it as neck and neck as far as the game goes right now. Whoever gets the momentum from hereon obviously has the edge in this Test match, so I feel it's extremely well poised.

"Every run is going to be gold dust from here."

Explaining his success in removing Marcus Harris (26), Shaun Marsh (2) and Usman Khawaja (28), Ashwin said: "To be very precise, there is not a lot happening off the straight or fizzing through, nothing like that.

"I was getting drift both ways, in and out, and I was able to control both that drift and get the batsmen holding their feet inside the stump and outside the stump and hence hold them.

"That's how we got Khawaja out and Marsh out as well. That's something that really worked in my favour because of the drift, the ball going away and coming back in.

"It happens in Melbourne, too, so I am backing on that to give me some really good results."

Test debutant Marcus Harris has asked for patience with an inexperienced Australia batting line-up after they endured a difficult second day against India.

The hosts had largely bowled well in the first Test to limit India to 250 all out, but Harris and Co could not then capitalise with the bat as they reached the end of play on Friday on 191-7.

Although some of the more seasoned stars in the Australia side also underwhelmed, including captain Tim Paine, Harris wants critics to understand that it will take time before they find their feet.

Harris fared better than many with a respectable 26 after opening partner Aaron Finch, playing his third Test, went for a duck.

"I think you'll find with a bit of an inexperienced line-up that you've just got to be patient," said Harris. "There'll be those ebbs and flows in form just with guys trying to work it out a bit.

"We haven't got millions of Test matches into our top six so I think people just have to be a little bit patient. We're a pretty inexperienced batting line-up so we're going to have some days like that."

Australia were aided by the efforts of Travis Head on Friday as his unbeaten 61 brought them closer to India's total.

Paine's side are still adapting to the absence of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, all of whom were banned for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa earlier this year.

India edged control of the first Test against Australia after enjoying a strong day two in Adelaide on Friday.

Ravichandran Ashwin (3-50), Ishant Sharma (2-31) and Jasprit Bumrah (2-34) helped reduce Australia to 191-7, still trailing by 59 runs, at stumps.

On another warm day, several of the hosts' batsmen made starts - Travis Head (61 not out) the most impressive as he claimed his first Test fifty in Australia at his home ground - but they showed just how much they miss suspended stars Steve Smith and David Warner.

Just like India in their first innings, poor shot selection led to the downfall of multiple batsmen as the hosts were left with work to do in the series opener.

Mohammed Shami (6) fell off the first ball of the day to see India, who, aside from centurion Cheteshwar Pujara, lacked discipline and patience on Thursday, dismissed for what appeared to be a below-par 250.

But Australia opener Aaron Finch (0) made the same mistake several India batsmen did on day one, playing on to Ishant after attempting an expansive drive off just the third ball of the innings.

Debutant Marcus Harris and Usman Khawaja showed far greater control to put together a 45-run partnership for the second wicket.

India bowled too short to make the most of the new ball, only for Harris (26) to depart before lunch. The left-hander inside-edged a delivery from Ashwin onto his pad and Murali Vijay took a simple catch at silly mid off.

India struck again shortly after the break as Shaun Marsh's miserable run of form in Tests continued.

Marsh (2) looked to drive a wide delivery from Ashwin and played on, the 35-year-old having now scored just 163 runs in his past 13 Test innings.

Khawaja (28) had seemed the most likely to match the important century Pujara made on day one, but he also fell to Ashwin, India needing a review after he gloved a catch to wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant.

Peter Handscomb made a scratchy 34 before he played a poor shot to fall at the hands of Bumrah, while captain Tim Paine (5) got a good delivery from Ishant.

As Pat Cummins (10) provided good support to Head, who showed more intent than any other Australia batsman, the second new ball delivered the breakthrough India wanted, the paceman lbw after not offering a shot to Bumrah.

After entering at 87-4, Head brought up his fifty with cut for a single and guided the team to stumps alongside Mitchell Starc (8no).

Mitchell Starc was delighted with Australia's bowling on the whole on the opening day against India but acknowledged a poor finish let the tourists back into the first Test.

Cheteshwar Pujara took it upon himself to step up after his India team-mates crumbled in the first Test against Australia on Thursday.

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