Three wickets fell in the last session of the day. Bumrah, Ishant and Ashwin bowled superbly and at one stage, it appeared that India will bowl Australia out cheaply. Highlights India vs Australia However, one man stood made sure that never happened. Travis Head, who made 61 today off 149 balls, did what Pujara had done on day 1. Played the nervous moments early on and then scored on the opportunities that came by his way after settling down. Proper Test batting display. Head and Starc will resume innings on day 2 and try to score the 59-run deficit on them. India would hope that they pick up the 3 remaining wickets quickly and for once in the last few months, don’t let the opposition’s lower order take the match away.
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Day 1 report : India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara defied Australia’s bowling attack and overcame stifling conditions at the Adelaide Oval with a century on the opening day of the first test on Thursday. India was in danger of being bowled out cheaply after reckless batting in the opening two sessions, but Pujara scored 123 runs as India reached stumps at 250 for 9. The 30-year-old notched his 16th century and also passed 5,000 test runs. Just before the close, Pujara was run out by a direct hit from Pat Cummins to end his 246-ball innings. Pujara played with the determination and patience lacking from the rest of India’s specialist batsmen. He found willing support through Ravichandran Ashwin (25) as the pair combined for a 62-run seventh-wicket partnership.
Highlights India vs Australia Cummins provided the breakthrough of Ashwin just before the new ball. Australia’s four-pronged attack shared the spoils with two wickets apiece. Pujara said it was one of his best test innings, but lamented the lack of application from India’s main batsmen. “The top-order should have batted better but we will learn from our mistakes,” he said. “I knew I had to stay patient and wait for the loose balls.” Australia’s early aggressiveness was blunted by the heat with the temperature hitting 39 degrees Celsius (102 degrees Fahrenheit) during the final session, forcing Australia captain Tim Paine to juggle his pacemen with sharp bursts.
Aided by a hint of bounce and movement, Australia’s trio of quick bowlers did all the damage in a fiery opening session before Nathan Lyon took over after lunch. The offspinner took the only two wickets in the middle session but could not take wickets after tea. Highlights India vs Australia “I think it is a new-ball wicket, when it swung around a bit,” Australia paceman Mitchell Starc said. “We got it wrong in the end and let it slip a bit but for the most part we were exceptional.” After winning the toss, India rued reckless batting from their top-order starting with openers K.L. Rahul and Murali Vijay falling to loose drives. The visitors slumped to 19-3 when captain Virat Kohli was spectacularly caught by Usman Khawaja in the gully for just three runs.
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