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.

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."

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.

 

Cheteshwar Pujara claimed his first century on Australian soil to rescue India from a top-order collapse and leave honours even on day one of the opening Test.

Usman Khawaja said his incredible catch to dismiss Virat Kohli just "stuck" as Australia dominated India early on day one of the first Test.

Virat Kohli expects Australia to try and mentally unsettle the touring India side in their Test series, but does not believe the sledging will reach previous levels.

As Australia and India prepare to do battle over four Tests across the next month, there remains one burning question: How do you stop Virat Kohli?

Ricky Ponting believes Virat Kohli can be "rattled" by Australia with hostile bowling and "a few words" in the upcoming Test series against India.

Touring captain Kohli is one of the world's best batsmen and Ponting is keen to see his former side prevent the India star from finding his groove early in the opening Adelaide Test.

Much has been made of Australia's ethos since the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March, with the team attempting to change negative perceptions, but Ponting believes this should not stop them from sledging Kohli, particularly if it is backed up with good bowling.

"I don't necessarily believe that you shouldn't try to get under his skin," Ponting told cricket.com.au.

"Mitchell Johnson definitely rattled him a few times with some good, hostile bowling and some good, hostile body language around him. We shouldn't sit back and let anyone bully the way we go about playing our cricket, especially at home. They're in our backyard.

"The great Australian teams that I played in always had a few words to say, but it was always on the back of some good, hostile bowling first. You can't do it without it – it's just rubbish otherwise.

"You have to be able to impose yourself on the game in a way other than using your mouth. You've got to use your actions and your skills and if they do that, then they can definitely unsettle him."

Regarding Australia's attitude in such situations, captain Tim Paine last week said: "We're not concerned about being liked one bit."

Michael Clarke, who skippered the Test team after Ponting, had suggested there was too much emphasis on "being liked" in the Australia camp.

Travis Head says Australia are confident they can put Virat Kohli under pressure in the upcoming Test series with India.

Kohli is rated as the world's top batsman in the longest form after a stunning 2018 that has seen him amass more runs than anyone else.

In his 10 matches this year, Kohli has scored 1063 runs, registering four centuries at an average of 59.05.

He will lead India over the upcoming four matches, with the first starting at Adelaide on Thursday, and Head believes the hosts have the bowling quality to keep him quiet.

"Hopefully the boys get him under control," Head told reporters on Sunday. "I think to face the three big quicks [Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood], I know how much hard work it is.

"If they can put him under enough pressure, everybody in the world is a person, a human.

"So we know he is a good player but I think we have got good bowlers to do this job.

"We are one of the best bowling units in the world, so it is going to be an exciting battle and hopefully we'll come out on top."

And Adelaide-native Head expects the pitch to deliver for both bat and ball, which should make for a thrilling contest.

"I think it has been a new-ball wicket," he added. "Batters have got in once the ball has got a little bit older. 

"Guys have scored runs and it has spun, so the wicket's done everything really well.

"The last time we were here, [Nathan] Lyon took a lot of wickets on day five. So it has spun quite a bit. I think it will be a good wicket all around.

"Hopefully, it's got a lot of pace in it. As the [Sheffield] Shield season has gone on here, wickets have become quicker. So it will be a really good wicket for bat and ball and it will be a really good contest."

Virat Kohli secured India a drawn Twenty20 series against Australia with an effortless and unbeaten half-century at the SCG on Sunday.

Krunal Pandya took 4-36 in an excellent display with the ball to restrict Australia to 164-6.

That innings did not feature a single six but clearing the rope was no problem for India, who unsurprisingly relied on Kohli to get them home after an initially strong reply was somewhat curtailed.

Kohli hit a quartet of fours and a pair of sixes in his 41-ball 61, his 19th half-century in T20 internationals and his fifth against Australia. With the series drawn 1-1, Kohli will turn his attention to leading India to victory in a four-match Test series, which starts on December 6.

A destructive opening partnership between D'Arcy Short (33) and captain Aaron Finch (28) appeared on the cards as they combined for 68. However, they were each dismissed while trying the sweep in the space of five balls, Finch falling to Kuldeep Yadav before Short was trapped lbw by Krunal, who then removed Ben McDermott for a golden duck.

Glenn Maxwell was unable to live up to his moniker and produce a big show as he went for just 13 to Krunal, whose fourth wicket came when Alex Carey's promising 19-ball cameo was ended on 27 as he picked out Kohli at midwicket.

A direct-hit run out from Jasprit Bumrah ended any threat from Chris Lynn (13), but the tail wagged to ensure Australia would have something respectable to defend, the final two overs going for 27 runs.

India's response followed a markedly similar pattern as Rohit Sharma (23) and Shikhar Dhawan (41) put on 67 before falling in short order.

Kohli predictably steadied the ship, yet when KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant were dismissed in successive deliveries Australia could afford to have hope of wrapping up the series.

Yet that hope was taken away as Kohli moved through the gears, the turning point coming as he struck Andrew Tye for a four and then a six in consecutive balls in the 16th over.

Maxwell was the victim of similar bludgeoning as Kohli advanced down the track to launch a maximum over deep midwicket and when Dinesh Karthik ballooned Tye into the second tier the writing was on the wall.

India needed just five off the final over and, despite some smart death bowling from Tye, Kohli delighted the huge and rapturous Indian crowd by clinching a drawn series with successive boundaries off the third and fourth deliveries.

Virat Kohli admits India will "just move on" to the next game following a narrow defeat to Australia in the opening match of the Twenty20 series on Wednesday.

The tourists were beaten by four runs after their target was adjusted by the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method, with rain interrupting Australia's innings and restricting play to 17 overs.

The pendulum swung back and forth throughout as Glenn Maxwell (46) and Marcus Stoinis (33 not out) starred with the bat for the hosts, before Shikhar Dhawan (76) and Dinesh Karthik (30) brought India into contention.

And while Kohli was disappointed to come up short in a dramatic finish, he was quick to look ahead to the next meeting between the sides, which is in Melbourne on Friday.

"A lot of Indians came to support us. It was a great atmosphere to play in," he said.

"It was sort of a seesaw battle. We bowled well and then they came back into the game with Stoinis and Maxy [Maxwell] batting well. Then there was a really good knock from [Shikhar]. Dinesh Karthik at the end played really well as well.

"We don't have much time to think of things. [That's a] good thing as well as a bad thing when you haven't won the game. You just move on to the next game."

Stoinis followed up his efforts with the bat by decisively restricting India to eight from the final over, while also taking two wickets, and Australia captain Aaron Finch insisted he never doubted his team-mate at the death.

"I was very confident," Finch said. "He was the one I penciled in to do that job at the end. He had clear plans and executed his plans really well."

India captain Virat Kohli will leave the "trolling" to others after telling a fan to leave the country because they preferred England and Australia players.

A clip of Kohli launching a mobile app earlier this week went viral after he responded to a comment that favourably compared English and Australian batsmen to their Indian counterparts.

"OK - I don't think you should live in India," Kohli replied. "Go and live somewhere else. Why are you living in our country and loving other countries?

"I don't mind you not liking me, but I don't think you should live in our country and like other things. Get your priorities right."

These comments sparked an angry reaction from several fans, with replies on Twitter also gaining attention as they referred to past examples of Kohli praising foreign stars.

But the India star took to his social media account on Thursday to suggest he had been speaking in jest and his joke had been misunderstood.

"I guess trolling isn't for me, guys - I'll stick to getting trolled," he wrote on Twitter. "I spoke about how 'these Indians' was (sic) mentioned in the comment and that's all.

"I'm all for freedom of choice. Keep it light, guys, and enjoy the festive season. Love and peace to all."

Kohli is the ICC's top-ranked Test and one-day international batsman. He has 6331 runs in his Test career.

Virat Kohli says MS Dhoni remains an "integral part" of India's limited-overs side after he was left out of the Twenty20 squad to face Australia.

India wrapped up victory in their ODI series against West Indies with a comfortable nine-wicket win in the fifth and final match on Thursday.

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