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Cricket Score, India vs Australia 1st Test Day 1 Stumps, Aus – 256/9: Mitchell Starc shines after Umesh Yadav’s heroics

Cricket Score, Ind vs Aus 1st Test: Here are the live cricket score and updates from the 1st Test match between India and Australia at the Maharashtra Cricket Stadium, Pune.

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Cricket Score, India vs Australia 1st Test Day 1: David Warner's average in Tests since 2014 is 67. (Source: Reuters)
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Cricket Score, India vs Australia 1st Test Day 1: David Warner’s average in Tests since 2014 is 67. (Source: Reuters)

Cricket Score, India vs Australia 1st Test Day 1: It was a good day of cricket at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune where we saw a lot of turns and twists. After a good start, Aussies lost their way once Umesh Yadav got rid of David Warner and Matt Renshaw was forced to retire hurt. Indian spinners dominated the second and first half of the third session and Umesh Yadav produced a magical spell of fast bowling picking up 4 wickets. Right when India would have thought of wrapping up the innings, Mitchell Starc took control of things and smashed the Indian bowlers all around the park.

He was in a fine nick and added 51 runs for the last wicket with Josh Hazelwood, scoring 50 of those runs himself. Given that India will batting in the fourth innings, these runs can hurt the hosts. Day 2 will be important for both the sides. Australia would want their last two batsmen to take the score past 300 while India would be hoping to wrap up things as early as possible. The last time Aussies won a Test series in India was in 2004 under the leadership of Ricky Ponting and the young squad led by Steven Smith landed in India hoping that at least they don’t suffer an embarrassing defeat like the Australian teams have, between 2004 and 2016. But, to let you know how difficult that would be, India haven’t lost a Test at home since December 2012, winning 17 and drawing 3 out of the 20 matches played since then. When India lost that match to England, Yuvraj Singh was still a part of the Test setup while Ajinkya Rahane was yet to make his debut in the longer format of the game.

The last time Aussies won a Test series in India was in 2004 under the leadership of Ricky Ponting and the young squad led by Steven Smith landed in India hoping that at least they don’t suffer an embarrassing defeat like the Australian teams have, between 2004 and 2016. But, to let you know how difficult that would be, India haven’t lost a Test at home since December 2012, winning 17 and drawing 3 out of the 20 matches played since then. When India lost that match to England, Yuvraj Singh was still a part of the Test setup while Ajinkya Rahane was yet to make his debut in the longer format of the game.

A lot of things have changed since then and the Indian team is stronger than ever in the leadership of Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble. Virat Kohli and co. were the only Test side that remained unbeaten in 2016 and must be full of confidence. On the other hand, the Kangaroos have lost their previous two away series to Sri Lanka and South Africa. They are are currently going through a transformational phase and the biggest challenge for them will be to survive for 5 days against this Indian side.

Here are the Cricket Score Updates from India vs Australia 1st Test match being played at Pune:

4:35 PM: Stumps Day 1: Despite the umpires allowed the game to be extended for another 4 overs, India failed to bowl out the Australian side. With Mitchell Starc hammering the bowlers from end, Josh Hazewood dropped anchor the other. At stumps, they had added 51 runs for the last wicket with Hazelwood scoring just 1 run.

4:15 PM: A brilliant cameo from Mitchell Starc towards the end ensured that Australia is able to put a respectable total on Board. He took on the bowlers and scored freely all over the park, something the top order batsmen failed to do.

3:30 PM: India continues to dominate after the dismissal of Matt Renshaw. Umesh Yadav, Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja picked up two wickets each while Jayant Yadav also picked up the crucial wicket of Shaun Marsh.

2:45 PM: Matt Renshaw is proving his calibre as a player today. He was forced to retire hurt but came back in the 2nd session and is now holding the baton for reviving Australian innings. Mitchell Marsh is supporting him at the other end.

2:00 PM: Its been a great session for India so far. They have managed to pick three important wickets of Shaun Marsh (16), Peter Handscomb (22) and Steven Smith (27). The scoring rate has been under check as well. With the ball turning in the 2nd session itself, life is not going to be easy for the Australian batsmen.

1:10 PM: Last few overs have been really good for the Indian team. Bowlers have put breaks on the scoring rate. Steven Smith has scored just 22 runs from 73 balls while Shaun Marsh struggled for 55 balls to score his 16 runs. He was finally dismissed by Jayant Yadav who is making a comeback into the playing XI in place of Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

12:30 PM: Australia has started well post lunch. Even though Smith and Marsh are finding it tough to score runs, they have made sure that no wickets are lost. The current partnership is now 22 runs from 68 balls.

11:30 AM: Lunch Day 1: Australia finished the 1st session at 84/1 and would be more than happy. It was a tough session for the Indian bowlers and Aussies totally dominated them. Virat Kohli’s strategy of holding Umesh Yadav back didn’t work for the team as the other bowlers struggled to pick wickets.

Australia was in total control before Umesh Yadav got rid of David Warner and the Matt Renshaw had to retire with a stomach upset. The onus is now on captain Steven Smith and Shaun Marsh to take the good start ahead.

10:45 AM: India is still searching for the first breakthrough. Jayant Yadav came so close of providing that when he bowled Matt Renshaw but it was unfortunately, a No Ball. Except that, both the batsman have looked solid so far.

10:15 AM: Australia have started cautiously here. Both Warner and Matt Renshaw have been very watchful. They haven’t been troubled much except for a few deliveries. We saw one or two deliveries already spinning, it can make life very tough for Indians in the fourth innings.

9:45 AM: A watchful start for Australia so far. The ball is coming on to the bat nicely. Both Warner and Renshaw would enjoy that. In an interesting move, Kohli has started with Ashwin from the other end. The idea should be to hand an old ball to Umesh Yadav.

9:30 AM: Good morning folks! We are live, David Warner is out with Matt Renshaw. The wicket looks good for a Test match. Ishant Sharma will start for India and the first ball goes for a FOUR! That marks the beginning of the Test series.

9:20 AM: Good morning folks! We are just minutes away from the start. Here are the final playing XIs of both the sides:

India – Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jayant Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav.

Australia – David Warner, Matt Renshaw, Steven Smith, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Steve O’Keefe, Nathan Lyon.

09:00 AM: Australia win the toss and elect to bat.

08:55 AM: Pitch vision

08:40 AM: Watch Indian cricket team leaving for first Test match with Australia

08:10 AM: Here is what Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh had to say about the series:

“I have played against some of the best Australian sides. In my opinion, looking at the composition, this is the weakest Australian side to tour India. I don’t think this team has the wherewithal to cope with a quality Indian side in the Indian conditions. It can again be 4-0 like 2013 season.”

7:40 AM: Here are some interesting facts

1. If selected, Ishant Sharma will be playing his 75th Test. He has picked up 214 Test wickets so far which will be lowest by a specialist bowler after 75 Test. Currently, this unwanted record is with Zaheer Khan who picked 254 wickets.
2. Australian captain Steve Smith like Indian bowlers a lot. He has scored 930 runs against India in 6 Tests including 4 centuries and 3 half-centuries in 12 innings.
3. Pune will be the 25th venue in India to host a Test match. On the other hand, only 9 venues have hosted Test matches in Australia.

07:25 AM: “We are not worried about the opposition’s combinations or what they want to come up with. We are pretty comfortable with what we want to do, we are pretty sure about how we want to go about this game and the series. That’s our strength, not focusing on opposition too much. We are aware of their skills, but that doesn’t mean we will wait for the opposition to come out with their eleven and decide how we are going to play.” – Virat Kohli

“I guess we are the underdogs in this series. You hear comments like Harbhajan who expects us to lose 0-4. That’s not how we feel. We want to compete here against India. It’s going to be a tough series, they’ve got some quality players in their line-up from one to 11. So yes, it’s going to be difficult.” – Steven Smith

Playing Conditions:

This will be the first Test match in Pune so it will be interesting to see how the pitch behaves. The curator believes that there is something for everyone in this wicket, however, the temperature in Pune is likely to be in 30s for the next few days which will make the pitch dry. So, you can expect the ball to start turning from Day 3 itself. Winning the toss and batting first would be the smart option.

Team Combination:

Selectors didn’t make any changes in the Indian side that faced Bangladesh. However, the dryness of the wicket means that Virat Kohli may rework his three-pacers strategy and include Jayant Yadav in place of a fast bowler. It is also a sensible choice since there are many left-handers in the Australian team. As far as batting is considered, India’s top 6 batsmen except KL Rahul scored runs against Bangladesh which means that Karun Nair may have to sit out once again despite scoring 300 runs against England in his last match.

Australia’s chances will depend on how David Warner and Steven Smith perform in this series. Warner’s Test average since 2014 is 67 but he has failed miserably in sub-continent in the past and would like to improve that record. Matt Renshaw has impressed in his small career so far and should start ahead of Usman Khawaja. With Shaun Marsh fit and back again, Glenn Maxwell might be warming the bench as well. In the bowling department, Australia have selected 4 spinners and Steve O’Keefe should start the 1st match with Nathan Lyon. However, fast bowler Mitchell Starc would be visitors’ biggest hope to stop Virat Kohli from running a riot.

Teams:

India (From): Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav, Abhinav Mukund, Karun Nair, Jayant Yadav, Hardik Pandya

Australia (From): David Warner, Matt Renshaw, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith(c), Glenn Maxwell, Peter Handscomb, Matthew Wade(w), Mitchell Starc, Steve O’Keefe, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Swepson, Ashton Agar, Jackson Bird

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