Australia Vs India First Test Highlights:
- India ended the first day on 250-9
- Cheteshwar Pujara made 123 with Rohit(32) and Ashwin(25) the other main contributors for India
- Starc, Hazlewood, Cummins, and Lyon all picked up 2 wickets for Australia
- The second day will begin at 5:30 am on 7 December on Sony Ten 3, Six HD
Cheteshwar Pujara’s disciplined innings of 123 helped save day one of the Adelaide Oval test match for India to take them for an embarrassing 127-6 to 250-9 at the end of day’s play in Australia Vs India’s first test. A topsy-turvy day of cricket was highlighted by Pujara’s mammoth century one that helped act as a rescue act for the visitors to take them to a respectable position after the top order were bundled out quickly in the first two sessions of the test match.
Touted to win their first ever test series in Australia, Indian skipper Virat Kohli chose to bat in Adelaide when the coin fell on heads. However, team India’s plan quickly started falling apart with another shambolic display by the top order on overseas conditions seeing wickets fall in a flurry to put India in a perilous condition.
On a pitch that saw a fair tinge of green on it, Australia’s opening pace duo of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood rattle the Indian openers early on. Swinging the ball, either way, the pair extracted good bounce and pace to send KL Rahul and Murali Vijay packing for a mere 2 and 11 runs respectively.
It was another terrible performance from the bat of KL Rahul, a player who is living on borrowed time now. Dismal performance after the performance has become a highlight of Rahul’s performances in tests, one that has made the all-important opening slot for India a shaky one. Adding to the team’s woes is the inconsistency of Vijay, something that has seen India not put up a meaningful opening stand for quite some time now on foreign soil.
The biggest setback for the visitors came through when Australia picked up the prize scalp of Virat Kohli was a mere 3 runs. A spectacular catch by Khawaja in slips dismissed India’s biggest batsman after he edged a delivery off Pat Cummins. It was a stunning effort in the slip region, an effort that helps turn matches around on its head.
The misery didn’t stop for India though from there with Ajinkya Rahane continuing the trend of poor shot selection from the Indian batters to end his sojourn for 13 and see India crawling at 41-4. More than the reading on the scoreboard, the manner in which the Indians threw away their wickets was disheartening as they repeated their mistakes from the English tour.
Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara helped stitch the innings for the Indians from there on with Sharma justifying his selection as the sixth batsman ahead of Hanuma Vihari. His innings of 32 saw him play some fine shots around the part before he fell playing a needless shot, once again failing to build on his start in test cricket.
India’s revival was lead by a half-century stand between Ashwin and Pujara which helped save a sinking ship. Pujara was the foundation of the Indian innings in India Vs Australia’s first test, showing a superb exhibition of application to grind it out as wickets kept falling at the other end. He played an innings that displayed all aspects needed to construct successful test innings. While he didn’t score a single run for 44 balls, he accelerated towards the end of day’s play to reach a magnificent hundred, unlucky to end fantastic innings via a run out after he tried to steal a quick run to maintain strike.