AUS vs IND: We could not put a foot wrong, says Pat Cummins

Pat Cummins was pleasantly surprised by Australia’s fiery, flawless display of pace bowling which consigned India to a record low total of 36.

Cock-a-hoop: Pat Cummins (left) and Tim Paine celebrate at the fall of Virat Kohli's wicket. - AP

Australia spearhead Pat Cummins was pleasantly surprised by its fiery, flawless display of pace bowling which consigned India to a record low total in the opening day-night Test on Saturday.

Cummins’ double strikes on the third day unhinged Virat Kohli’s India which was eventually defeated by eight wickets.

“We thought if we could get them out for 200 today, have a bit of a bat, we’d stay in the game,” Cummins told Channel 7 after claiming 4 for 21 to go with his three first innings wickets.

“But for that to happen in the first hour, amazing.”

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“It was just one of those days where everything came off, everything we tried worked,” said the top-ranked Test bowler.

Cummins felt Australia bowled well in the first innings too but was richly rewarded for tweaking its length on Saturday.

“We found in the first innings there was actually a lot of bounce, so to hit the stumps it almost felt like it had to be a half volley. But when we got into our work we were able to get up there a bit fuller, make the batters make decisions, make it harder to leave the ball and fortunately it all came off today.”

Reminiscent of Headingley

The 27-year-old likened his team's bowling performance to last year's Headingley Test when it skittled out England for 67 in the first innings.

“Last year in Headingley first innings, we had a similar day out. Today and then are by far the best I’ve seen us bowl.”

Josh Hazlewood was Australia’s wrecker-in-chief against India at the Adelaide Oval, claiming 5-8, while Mitchell Starc could not add to his four first innings wickets.

“At one stage he told Starcy, ‘I’m going to try and keep my wickets above my runs here’, so he was cheeky there towards the end,” Cummins said of Hazlewood.

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