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India, 36, crash to their lowest Test total in history

India crashed to their lowest in Test cricket history folded for just 36 runs in the second innings of their first Test against Australia on Saturday.

Resuming from overnight score of 9-1, India were 36-9 when a short ball from Pat Cummins struck last man Mohammad Shami into his bowling arm and the bowler decided not to carry on as the visitors finished their second innings in the first session with just 21.2 overs bowled.

It’s the lowest total ever for India in Test cricket surpassing a 42 all out against England at the Lord’s in 1974. New Zealand have the lowest Test score of 26 in the game’s history which happened against England in their home Test of 1955 in Auckland.

Josh Hazlewood took 5-8 from five overs and Cummins had the figures of 4-31 from 10.2 overs as none of the Indian batsmen managed to reach double figures. Mayank Agarwal (nine) and Hanuma Bihari (eight) were their two top scorers.

India finished with a 89-run lead leaving the hosts with just 90 to win the first Test with almost three days of play remaining. India had made 244 in their first innings before skittling out Australia for 191 to build a 57-run lead.

10 Lowest totals in Test Cricket

New Zealand263EnglandAucklandMarch 25, 1955
South Africa304EnglandPort ElizabethFeb 13, 1896
South Africa302EnglandBirminghamJune 14, 1924
South Africa354EnglandCape TownApril 1, 1899
South Africa361AustraliaMelbourneFeb 12, 1932
Australia362EnglandBirminghamMay 29, 1902
India363AustraliaAdelaideDec 19, 2020
Ireland384EnglandLord’sJuly 25, 2019
New Zealand421AustraliaWellingtonMarch 29, 1946
Australia422EnglandSydneyFeb 10, 1888


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