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December 06, 2018 19:28:10

Australia’s bowlers have as soon as once more led from the entrance, taking 9 wickets on the opening day of the primary Take a look at in opposition to India, however they are going to be disenchanted they might not end the job.

India completed the day on a decent 9-250 after it seemed like they could have been skittled for a sub-par rating.

A spectacular catch by Usman Khawaja to dismiss Indian hero Virat Kohli was the spotlight of the day for the Australians, whereas first drop Cheteshwar Pujara proved his mettle for the vacationers, scoring a dogged century.

It was his third ton in opposition to Australia however first in Australia, and the innings solely ended on 123 because of a sensational diving run out from Pat Cummins, which introduced an finish to the day’s play.

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With 4 wickets within the first session and two within the second, Australia seemed set to take bragging rights on the primary day of the collection in Adelaide, however a tricky ultimate session would have annoyed captain Tim Paine.

The vacationers received the toss and put Australia within the area first on the usually bat-friendly Adelaide Oval pitch.

Temperatures within the 40s made bowling an much more daunting prospect, with the Indians’ resistance making certain it was a protracted day within the area for the hosts.

The primary breakthrough got here within the second over, when Josh Hazlewood had KL Rahul (2) caught within the slips by Aaron Finch, and opening associate Murali Vijay (11) joined him within the sheds when he feathered Mitchell Starc via to wicketkeeper Paine 5 overs later.

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However the second of the day got here when Pat Cummins entered the assault and Kohli (3) chased the younger firebrand’s third supply.

The ball screamed towards the slips cordon, the place a leaping Khawaja took a leaping one-hander that may take some beating for catch of the summer season.

Ajinkya Rahane (13) handed Hazlewood his second wicket with a rank slash exterior off that ended up within the hand of the recalled Peter Handscomb, ending off a profitable first session for Australia.

Rohit Sharma (37) and Rishabh Pant (25) performed a few of the most adventurous photographs of the day earlier than falling to Nathan Lyon within the center session, bringing Ravi Ashwin to the crease with Pujara.

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The pair batted till after tea and had been the primary to construct a partnership of greater than 50 earlier than Cummins snared Ashwin (25) with an edge to Handscomb.

Australia was into the Indian tail however the tiring quicks and Lyon couldn’t seal the deal.

Ishant Sharma by no means seemed snug however hung round for 20 balls earlier than Starc clattered his stumps, and Mohammed Shami will resume on Friday on six not out.

Cummins ran, gathered and dived earlier than hurling the ball side-armed from probably the most troublesome of angles to finish Pujara’s glorious ton and the day’s play.

India’s innings should not go for for much longer within the morning however the Australians will really feel they let slip an important alternative to take command of the primary Take a look at on day one.

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