Cheteshwar Pujara rose to the event with a maiden century in Australia, pulling India out of a deep gap to a decent 250 for 9 on day one of many first Take a look at on Thursday. Pujara confirmed the identical grit and gumption that’s typical of him en route a 246-ball 123 that saved India within the recreation after being decreased to 127 for six within the 50th over. It took a superb direct from Pat Cummins to take away him on what occurred to be the ultimate ball of an absorbing day one of many four-Take a look at sequence.
Skipper Virat Kohli opted to bat in excellent circumstances however the top-order as soon as once more failed to use themselves towards the potent tempo trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Cummins. Something near 250 appeared a mountain to climb with India reeling at 56 for 4 at lunch. However Pujara stood tall amid the ruins to avoid wasting India from embarrassment on technique to his 16th Take a look at ton. His combating effort comprised seven fours and two sixes.
Stumps on Day 1 in Adelaide!
Pujara is dismissed simply earlier than the top of play, however his century has helped India get to 250/9.
— ICC (@ICC) December 6, 2018
The 30-year-old placed on two essential partnerships with the lower-order batsmen to make sure India give their bowlers one thing to bowl at. Publish-Tea, Pujara added 62 runs with R Ashwin (25) for the seventh wicket. The latter performed watchfully, not like the Indian top-order, and performed an incredible function on this minor restoration. Cummins (2-49) lastly obtained the breakthrough within the 74th over when Ashwin edged to second slip. Ishant Sharma (4) then placed on 21 runs with Pujara, pushing the rating previous 200 within the 79th over.
Ishant survived a loud lbw shout through DRS, however Mitchell Starc (2-63) bowled him with a fuller supply thereafter. As he began to expire of companions, Pujara hit just a few lusty blows to collect some fast runs.
Earlier, Pujara’s effort was the only real silver lining after India had been decreased to 143-6 at tea. This was after a horrendous shot choice by Rohit Sharma (37) left India within the lurch at 86 for 5 within the 38th over. Publish lunch, Rohit and Pujara began off properly as they added 45 runs for the fifth wicket.
Whereas Pujara was sedate at one finish, the previous took the lead in scoring as he hit sixes at will. Two got here off Cummins; the primary a pull shot that sailed for six and the opposite a correct cowl drive that cleared the ropes as properly. It appeared that Rohit was intent on digging India out of this gap as he hit Nathan Lyon (2-83) for a six on the second ball of the 38th over. Marcus Harris virtually caught it, with the ball barely crossing over the ropes and the umpire took a while to name it a six.
That ought to have been a be aware of warning for the batsman, however he didn’t heed it and skied the very subsequent ball for Harris to take a simple catch within the deep. Rishabh Pant (25) too arrived on the crease with the intent of attacking the bowling. He scored two fours and a six within the area of some deliveries earlier than Pujara requested him to settle down.
The duo then added 41 runs for the sixth wicket as India crossed 100 within the 41st over, together with 5 sixes surprisingly. Pant didn’t look snug although as he was compelled to play towards his pure recreation. And it confirmed when he edged Lyon behind to be dismissed shortly earlier than tea.
Within the morning session, Hazlewood (2-52) decreased India to 56 for 4. The Australian pacers struck commonly with the brand new Kookaburra ball and made inroads into the Indian top-order that by no means obtained going. Hanuma Vihari was omitted because the guests drafted in Rohit for the quantity six spot. For Australia, Marcus Harris made his Take a look at debut as introduced a day prior. Starc and Hazelwood started proceedings for Australia and had been on the cash straightaway with their lengths.
Of the 2 Indian openers, KL Rahul (2) appeared out of kinds towards their specific tempo, and was unsurprisingly dismissed cheaply. He went for an extravagant drive in solely the second over and was caught at third slip off Hazlewood.
Murali Vijay (11) appeared intent on getting a greater begin and he was watchful. On a pair events, he drove the ball to get the rating shifting however finally this led to his dismissal. Within the seventh over, Vijay went for a canopy drive towards Starc and solely ended up edging behind. Given the circumstances, Kohli then walked out to bat rather a lot sooner than anticipated. He appeared much more assured, however an awe-inducing diving catch ended his brief keep on the crease.
Usman Khawaja dove to his left and held a surprising one-handed catch at gully off Cummins as Kohli was despatched again with India reeling at 19-Three in 11 overs.
Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane (13) then got here collectively for the fourth wicket, making an attempt to placed on a semblance of a partnership. Collectively they confronted 59 balls and placed on 22 runs in a bid to maintain the scoreboard ticking.
Rahane had some problem towards Lyon who got here on to bowl instantly after the drinks’ break. The batsman then stepped out to even hit Lyon for a six over lengthy on in his second over.
However this didn’t work towards the pacers, who pushed Indian batsmen again with their excellent size and induced drives thereafter. Within the 21st over then, Rahane fell to Hazelwood, the fourth batsman out driving on this morning session, and was caught at second slip.
(With PTI Inputs)