Russel Arnold reckons India are the deserving winners against Australia in Adelaide

India won the match by 31 runs.

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Russel Arnold. (Photo Source: Twitter)

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India haven’t had the best of years in Test cricket, especially the ones abroad. Earlier this year in January, they lost against South Africa and albeit they won the final match at The Wanderers in Johannesburg, Virat Kohli and Co ended up losing the three-match series 2-1. Their bowlers were decent enough, but the batsmen weren’t able to stand the test of times.

In Australia, India toured England for a five-match series. Yet another time, while their bowling did reasonably, it’s the batsmen, who ended up underperforming. Only Virat Kohli could get the measure of the conditions and the bowling and became the leading run-scorer of the series. India are currently in Australia where they are taking part in the four-encounter series.

India prevail in thrilling run-chase

The first Test has come to a close as India managed to beat Tim Paine and Co by 31 runs and take a 1-0 lead in the series. The visitors found themselves in dire straits in their first innings, but Cheteswar Pujara notched a century to drag his team out of a precarious position. The Indian bowlers helped the visiting team to a lead of 15 runs. Pujara even managed to shine in the second innings.

India somehow managed to set a target of 323 for the hosts to track down. Australia lost wickets, but their batsmen showed much better application. Shaun Marsh scored a patient 60 runs from 166 balls with five boundaries. However, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood put their heads down, but couldn’t get the Aussies over the finishing line.

In the meantime, former Sri Lankan cricketer and current commentator Russel Arnold reckons India are the deserving champions. He took to Twitter and wrote, “Another good Test match #AUSvsIND The better team won in the end. Thouroughly deserved it. Congratulations Team India,”

Here is Arnold’s tweet

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