India hang on for dramatic first Test win over Aussies

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India held off a stubborn Australia fightback to win a tight first Test in Adelaide by 31 runs and set up the prospect of a first ever series win in Australia.

Along with Finch, veteran batsman Shaun Marsh was under extreme pressure heading into the second innings in Adelaide, but redeemed himself with a battling 60 on the final day, and Chappell praised his composure on the tense final day.

Pujara closed his till at Adelaide Oval with 194 runs to his name, pairing a first innings 123 with a second innings 71.

Marsh will resume on Monday's last day of play unbeaten on 30 with Australia needing another 219 runs for victory with six wickets remaining.

Nathan Lyon continues to hunt down some of Australia's all-time greats in the cricket record books. It was his 13th five wicket haul in Tests.

Lyon claimed six for 122 from 42 overs and paceman Mitchell Starc shrugged off a disappointing first session to finish with three wickets.

Langer's comments come in the context of Australia being caught in a culture war after the ball-tampering scandal, poor results and damning cultural reviews, trapped between a desire to win and a recognition the "Australian way" of playing hard-nosed cricket is not what it used to be and something fans will no longer tolerate.

Virat Kohli admitted it was hard to stay calm as the hosts threatened to achieve something that history suggested was impossible, with the highest chase in an Adelaide Test remaining Australia's 6-315 in 1902. We could have added another 30-35 runs more which could have taken the game totally beyond Australia.

"We definitely still believe we can win this".

"I thought he played very well", he said.

The tourists, hunting their first Test series win in Australia after 70 years and 11 fruitless tours, have cemented their favouritism after going 1-0 up in the series.

"Justin's the coach and he's got a fair say", Paine said. "That's why we are very proud of our bowlers".

"Pujara and Rahane are two of our best Test players and whenever they have done well, they have put us in a good position". I thought it was played in good spirits.

It reached fever pitch on the final day, with India closing on a win even as the Australian tail dug in resolutely to try and alter the outcome; so much so, that the broadcasters made a decision to let Pant do the talking - literally - for an entire over, the 76th of the Australian innings, with R Ashwin bowling to Pat Cummins.

Usman Khawaja took his time to get in but ran out of patience against Ashwin.

Paine's miscued pull shot to the fifth ball he faced after lunch, having earlier offered counterpart Pant a chance on seven, looked like a hammer blow. Admitting that he was sad to see the widespread criticism aimed at the two cricketers, Kohli maintained that he knew them well and never wanted to see them go through such a bad ordeal.