Didn’t expect it: Tim Paine opens up on the crumbling of India’s batting order


India’s Test series against Australia started in a bizarre manner where they were bundled within 36/9 in the second innings, their lowest score in Tests and eventually lost the game to mighty Aussies where they managed to win by 8 wickets and took a 1-0 lead in the four-match series. While Indian bowlers tried their best to put up a fight, Australia captain Tim Paine said that he expected a ‘dogfight’ between the two teams at the Adelaide Oval instead of a three-day finish.

“No, not really. I had said in the media that both these attacks have the ability to take quick wickets. Didn’t expect it to come that quick. Was expecting a real dogfight. When you’re as tall as our boys and as quick as our boys, it can become very difficult so credit to our bowlers again. Absolutely rapped with the way we bowled, but our batting was below what we expected,” Tim Paine said.

He was adjudged the Man of the Match for his stable 73. He held his nerve and took his team from 112 for 7 to 191 alongside the tailenders. However, Indian batting order fell like a pack of cards in front of a fierce bowling attack, comprising Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon and others where Cummins and Josh shared 9 wickets between them as well.

Meanwhile, Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood had tasted a fair share of success in Adelaide on Saturday. He picked up another five-wicket haul and dismantled India’s batting too. Pat Cummins too claimed a four-fer. Happy with the win, Hazlewood exclaimed that he couldn’t believe the match was ended within three days.

“Still pinching myself. Little bit (on emulating Glenn McGrath style of bowling). I try to do that every time I bowl to be honest. We bowled a little bit fuller and straighter and there you go… all out for 36, good result. Ready to go from ball one makes a lot of difference, can go wrong if you take two three balls to warm up,” Hazlewood said in the post-match ceremony.

Both teams will now take on each other in Melbourne to play the Boxing Day Test that will begin on December 26 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

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