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The India Stat That Shows How Low Australian Cricket Has Sunk

India has won the first Test in Adelaide by 31 runs.

The visitors outplayed the locals over five days, and while the final margin was slim thanks to some lower order hitting by the Aussies, the result was never seriously in doubt.

This is new territory for India. It is the first time they've ever won the first Test of a series in Australia.

We repeat: India have been visiting Australia to play Test cricket for 71 years now, yet have never previously won the first match of a series on our shores.

Which made Virat Kohli rather happy.

In 44 matches previously in Australia, India had only won won five times here. All of those victories were later on in the series, after they'd found their groove.

But now that India has started so well, they are extremely well placed to go on and win the series itself.

Winning a series in Australia is another thing they've never done. But who would bet against them now -- especially against this sub-par Australian batting line-up?

"I think over five days we had a number of opportunities to get in front of the game but couldn't really capitalise on any of them, so India really deserved it," Australian captain Tim Paine said.

"We go to Perth with the belief that we can still win this Test series and our best cricket is still good enough.

"We just need some of our top six to go big like Pujara did," he said in reference to the Indian batsman who was named man-of-the-match for his innings of 123 and 71.

Paine's Indian counterpart Virat Kohli was clearly relieved to have finished off a game which got a lot closer than he would have liked.

"I wouldn't say I was as cool as ice, but you try not to show it," he said.

"Collectively I think we were the better team and we deserved to win."

No arguments from any fair-minded fan on that point.

If you watched the tense final half hour or so of this match, it might be time to go clean up the fingernail shards at your feet.

If you missed it, you can scroll down for all the action and big moments as they panned out on day five in Adelaide.