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ADELAIDE, Australia (AP):
Emotionally-charged from the start, following the death of Phillip Hughes, the first Test between Australia and India didn't disappoint at the finish. And to add drama to the day, Australia captain Michael Clarke said yet another hamstring injury might mean he'll have to end his career.
Spinner Nathan Lyon took seven second-innings wickets and 12 for the match as Australia pulled off a stunning 48-run win at the Adelaide Oval.
India looked set to achieve a record fourth-innings run chase after stand-in captain Virat Kohli (141) and opener Murali Vijay (99) led India through a second session without loss. Thousands of Indian fans were on their feet over the final two hours of the match as the side pushed for victory.
But Australia took eight wickets in the final session, the match ended by Lyon on a stumping, prompting emotional celebrations by an Australia team playing its first match since the death of teammate Hughes two weeks ago in a domestic match after being hit by a short-pitched delivery.
Needing 364 runs for victory from 98 overs on the final day, India was 105-2 at lunch and 205-2 at tea. The 159 further runs required in the final session was a temptingly achievable target for India's batsmen, who kept playing their shots in pursuing a record run chase, rather than trying to grind out a draw.
Final scores: Australia 517 for 7 declared and 290 for 5 declared; India 444 and 315.