India vs Australia 1st Test, Day 1: A disciplined batting by Cheteshwar Pujara helped him to score his first century in Australia and cement India’s position on day 1 of the first Test against Australia at Adelaide Oval on Thursday. At stumps, India posted a total of 250for 9 which included Pujara’s 123 off 246 deliveries (7 Fours and 2 Sixes). Pujara also completed 5,000 runs in Test career with this knock, equalling Rahul Dravid’s record of hitting 5,000 Test runs in 108 innings. However, he walked off the field on th last ball of the day when he was given runout. Pacer Mohammad Shami (6) was at the crease when umpires dislodged the bails for the day.
Opting to bat, the visitors were off to a disastrous start as opener KL Rahul’s (2) thick edge was superbly taken by Aaron Finch at third slip off a Josh Hazlewood delivery with just three runs on board. Soon, Murali Vijay (11) also followed his partner after falling in the seventh over, leaving India at 15/2. With the addition of just four runs in the visitor’s scorecard, pacer Pat Cummins gave a huge blow to India after packing back skipper Virat Kohli (3), thanks to a stunning catch by Usman Khawaja at gully. Pujara and Rahane (13) then tried to put things back in control, adding 22 runs for the fourth wicket however, Hazlewood struck again in the the 21st over to dismiss the latter.
Incoming batsman Rohit Sharma and Pujara then played some sensible cricket as India crept past the 50-run mark. Rohit, who scored 37 runs off 61 balls, seemed to be in good touch and set for a big score. But attempted big shot off Lyon’s bowling handed an easy catch to Marcus Harris.
Rishabh Pant displayed the same tendency to play in the air and go after deliveries outside the off-stump which his more experienced teammates had shown further up the order. It was thus only a matter of time before he also gifted his wicket away.
Almost inevitably, Nathan Lyon delivered another blow shortly before tea when Pant edged one to Australian captain Tim Paine behind the stumps.
Asnwin and Pujara then stitched together a stand of 62 runs before the former was dismissed by Cummins.
Earlier, a disciplined bowling attack by Australia left India struggling at 56/4 at lunch.
Pujara was the only saving grace for the famed Indian batting line-up, which has come into this series with a big reputation. Despite the regular fall of wickets at the other end, the Saurashtra batsman continued to bat patiently, carefully avoiding the big shots and playing the ball along the ground.
Brief scores: India: 250/9 (Cheteshwar Pujara 123, Rohit Sharma 37; Mitchell Starc 2/63, Josh Hazlewood 2/52, Pat Cummins 2/49, Nathan Lyon 2/83) vs Australia on Day 1.
Here are the squads-
India: Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant (Wicket-keeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami
Australia: Marcus Harris, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Tim Paine (Captain/Wicket-keeper), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon
The BCCI has included Hanuma Vihari who plays for Andhra Pradesh in domestic cricket in the 12-member team. Vihari, who had made his Test debut in September 2018 against England, is a right-handed batsman and occasional right-arm off break bowler. He was a member of the Under-19 team that won the 2012 ICC Under-19 Cricket World in Australia.
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Australia omitted its all-rounder Mitch Marsh from the first game as Usman Khawaja’s return was confirmed at last moment. Skipper Tim Paine said that decision to omit Marsh was taken due to lack of his consistency.
India have never won a Test series on Australian soil in the last 70 years. This time, all eyes will be on Kohli with fans hoping for a series win. The visitors have an upper hand primarily due to the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner who have been banned by Cricket Australia for one year. India put up a good show in the one-off practice match at Sydney Cricket Ground between November 28 and December 1. The match ended in a draw.
The last Test series between India and Australia was played in India in 2017 with India registering a 2-1 win.
When is India vs Australia Test?
The first Test between India and Australia will start on December 6.
Where is India vs Australia 1st Test?
Ind vs Aus 1st Test will be played at Adelaide Oval.
What time Ind vs Aus Test match will start in India?
The match between India and Australia will start at 5:30 am every day in India.
How to watch India vs Australia 1st Test live telecast?
The India vs Australia Test match will be broadcast LIVE on Sony Network. It is the official broadcast partner for the matches in Australia.
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