India vs Australia Highlights, 1st Test Day 1: Cheteshwar Pujara Hundred Takes India To 250/9 On Day 1
Highlights: Cheteswar Pujara stood tall and defied the Australian bowling unit as he scored his 16th Test hundred to take India to a competitive score at stumps on Day 1.
Cheteshwar Pujara struck a fighting Test century, his 16th, to take India to 250/9 at stumps on Day 1 at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday. Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat on a batting-friendly wicket but that deicison did not go in favour of the visitors as the Australian pace unit wreaked havoc in the first session of the opening day. KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane were the batsmen who took the long walk back after playing poor shots against the Australian pace trio of Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins. While the first session belonged to the hosts, the visitors fought back with crucial partnerships in the second session to take India forward. However, India Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant just before the end of the second session. The third session of the day saw Cheteshwar Pujara defy the Australian bowling unit as he not only reached 5,000 Test runs but also scored his first century in Australia. With just one wicket remaining, the home team will aim to wrap up the Indian inning quickly on the second day. For Australia, apart from the pacers, Nathan Lyon also returned with two wickets in his kitty. (SCORECARD)
Highlights between India vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 1, straight from the Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
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1st Test, Border-Gavaskar Trophy, 2018/19, Dec 06, 2018
India beat Australia by 31 runs
01:00 IST: Day 1 Stumps -- India 250/9 (Pujara 123; Cummins 2/49).
12:59 IST: OUT!! Pujara's innings comes to an end as Pat Cummins hits the stumps directly. An unfortunate end to heroic innings. India 250/9 at stumps.
12:58 IST: 250 comes up for India in the 89th over.
12:53 IST: FOUR and a SIX!! Back-to-back boundaries for Pujara off Starc. First on the leg side and measure the short delivery perfectly and lashes the ball over point for a maximum. With the day coming to an end, he wants to make the most of it.
12:46 IST: "One the great guys of the game," Vaughan lauds Pujara.
12:43 IST: Cheteshwar Pujara brings up his 16th Test ton. His third against Australia and his first on Australian soil!! What a show this has been from the right-handed batsman.
12:41 IST: FOUR!! Short yet again by Hazlewood and Pujara pulls with authority to collect a boundary. He now moves on to 99*. Pujara also scored 5,000 Test runs for India.
12:39 IST: SIX!! Cheteshwar Pujara pulls Josh Hazlewood for a maximum. It seems he is in a hurry to reach his century.
12:33 IST: OUT!! Starc doesn't waste much time and strikes with the new ball. Ishant Sharma is castled for 4. India are eight down. Can India play out the remaining overs?
12:27 IST: Pujara is inching closer to his 16th Test hundred. Gets a fuller delivery on the pads and he flicks the ball towards the deep mid wicket area.
12:23 IST: India retain their review! Mitchell Starc bowls an in-swinger, Ishant misjudges and leaves the ball only to get rapped on the pads. A huge appeal from the Australian team and the umpire raises his finger. Ishant Sharma quickly opts for the review and replay shows that the ball was missing the stumps by miles, in terms of height.
12:19 IST: Australia take the second new ball. India will have to be wary of the three Australian pacers.
12:10 IST: 200 comes up for India. Pujara flicks Lyon past Aaron Finch at leg slip who misses an opportunity to send Pujara back. Nevertheless, India will not mind this.
11:58 IST: Stat -- Pujara, on 75, has recorded his highest score in Australia.
11:53 IST: Ishant Sharma is the new man in.
11:51 IST: OUT!! Cummins has given Australia the much-needed breakthrough by dismissing Ashwin. The Cummins length ball around off gets a bit of bounce and Ashwin, who was poking at the ball, edged it straight to Peter Handscomb. What a wicket this was.
11:50 IST: FOUR!! Ashwin gets width by Cummins and he cuts it through point to give India their first boundary in the 68 balls.
11:43 IST: DRINKS are on the field -- India 184/6 in 73 overs. The second new ball is due in seven overs and that might change the rest of the game.
11:40 IST: Both Pujara and Ashwin are frustrating the Australian bowlers, who are desperately waiting for the new ball. However, Australian bowlers are making the Indian batsmen fight hard for every run.
11:25 IST: Pujara dances down the wickets and hits Lyon straight down the ground for three runs. This also brings up the 50-run partnership between Ashwin and Pujara -- the first of the Indian innings.
11:20 IST: Ashwin and Pujara are fighting hard to get some runs for the team on board.
11:12 IST: 10 overs have been bowled in the final session with India scoring 24 runs.
11:01 IST: Four!! Scrambled seam from Starc and Cheteshwar Pujara throws his bat. The ball takes a thick outside edge and just misses a jumping Usman Khawaja, who gets his finger tips to the ball.
10:53 IST: This is how Mitchell Starc is raising the temperature at the Adelaide Oval.
10:47 IST: "Pujara holding this Indian innings together", tweets Michael Clarke.
Another session to the Aussies Pujara holding this Indian innings together. I have a feeling Ashwin is not going to give his wicket up without a fight— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) December 6, 2018
10:43 IST: FIFTY for Pujara off 153 balls. A well made half-century from the Indian batsman.
10:32 IST: "India need to fight", tweets Shane Warne.
Terrific 2 sessions by Aust against the number 1 team in the world. India need to fight & find a way to post a 270+ score. If they do then they're still in this match big time - if India get bowled out for around 200 it could be trouble as this pitch is a belter for batting now!— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) December 6, 2018
10:30 IST: The third and the final session of Day 1 is underway. Pujara holding the fort along with Ashwin.
10:13 IST: That's TEA at the Adelaide Oval. India 143/6 (Pujara 46*, Rohit 37/Nathan Lyon 2/51).
10:06 IST: Travis Head introduced in the attack and concedes just two runs off his first over.
10:02 IST: FOUR!! Short and wide from Hazlewood and Pujara won't miss out on an opportunity. He stands tall and cuts it over point for a boundary. This is India's first boundary after two quiet overs.
10:00 IST: Lyon vs Ashwin -- 187 balls, 74 runs and five dismissals.
09:48 IST: Ravichandran Ashwin is the new batsman in.
09:47 IST: OUT!! And Pant's innings comes to an end, Nathan Lyon gets his second. The ball pitches around middle and off and turns enough to take a feather edge off Pant's bat as the ball nestles into Paine's glove.
09:43 IST: CLOSE!! Hazlewood incites Pujara to poke at an away going delivery, Pujara does just that and the Australians come close to taking another wicket. However, the ball short of the fielder at the slips. Lucky for Pujara.
09:36 IST: Cummins follows it up with a nasty bouncer. Pant does well to duck in time as the ball rockets past him.
09:35 IST: FOUR! Pat Cummins bowls a full toss and Rishabh Pant obliges. The Indian batsman drives him through the cover for a boundary. Poor delivery from Cummins.
09:31 IST: A big shout for leg before from Nathan Lyon but the umpire is not interested. The ball pitched around middle stump and off stump and straightens to hit Pant on the pads. However, replay shows that the ball had nicked Pant's bat.
09:25 IST: Rishabh Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara are not taking any unnecessary risks and are playing out the deliveries. India 114/5 after 44 overs.
09:12 IST: DRINKS -- India 106/5 after 41 overs.
09:10 IST: Four! Pant follows it up with a boundary. Going for the drive, the Indian batsman manages a edge as the ball flies over the slip cordon for a boundary. Starc has a smile on his face.
09:08 IST: SIX!! Starc bowls full on the pads and Pant flicks him over the leg-side for a maximum. Pant is trying to Starc with his shots. 100 comes up for India.
09:03 IST: Four!! Short and wide from Lyon, Pujara rocks back a little and slaps the ball through the off-side for a boundary.
09:00 IST: Stat -- This is the fourth time Lyon dismissed Rohit - the most he got out to any bowler in Tests. He got dismissed by Rabada and Philander thrice each.
08:58 IST: Rishabh Pant is the new batsman in.
08:56 IST: SIX!! One too many attempts by Rohit and Lyon strikes. Rohit miscues his shot and the ball only goes high up in the air. India five down.
08:55 IST: SIX!! This time Lyon has been clubbed. Rohit Sharma slog sweeps Lyon for a maximum. Harris at the boundary rope tried to cut off the ball but failed to release the ball before placing his foot over the boundary rope. Another six for Rohit.
08:48 IST: Nathan Lyon is closing in on a wicket as Pujara does well to fend off the danger. Survves a couple of times in an over.
08:42 IST: FOUR! Pujara is getting into the action now. Starc bowls short and wide, and Pujara slashes him over the slip cordon towards the third man area. This will ease some pressure off of him.
08:38 IST: SIX!! Rohit is enjoying his time out in the middle. Half-volley by Cummins and Rohit lifts him over the cover for a maximum. The Indian batsman holds the pose as the ball flies over the rope.
08:36 IST: Both Pujara and Rohit are being watchful at the moment. And Rohit, expecially, looked solid in the middle.
08:27 IST: Short and outside off from Pat Cummins, Pujara rocks back and punches the ball off the back foot but the ball reaches as far as the point fielder.
08:23 IST: India 63/4 after 30 overs (Rohit 22*, Pujara 11*) vs Australia.
08:14 IST: FOUR!! Rohit Sharma gets India's charge underway, hits Cummins for a boundary. Wide half-volley from Cummins, Rohit says thank you and drives the ball through the covers elegantly.
08:11 IST: Second session in progress -- Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara at the crease, Pat Cummins to continue for Australia. India 56/4.
07:35 IST: STAT -- The last time India batted first in the opening Test of a series in Australia was at the Gabba in 1991/92. They were 53/4 at lunch and got dismissed for 239. Eventually, they lost the 5-match series 4-0.
07:32 IST: LUNCH BREAK -- India 56/4 (Rahane 11, Rohit 15*; Josh Hazlewood 2/17) on Day 1.
07:25 IST: SIX!! Short delivery from Pat Cummins and Rohit Sharma pulls and pulls well for his first six of the match. Cummins is not impressed with himself.
07:15 IST: FOUR!! Width from Lyon and Rohit frees his arms and slams the ball through the gap in the off side. First boundary for Rohit.
07:10 IST: Nathan Lyon against Rohit Sharma -- 116 balls, 76 runs and three dismissals (the joint most he got out to any bowler)
07:06 IST: Rohit Sharma is the new man in and is welcomed with a bouncer. "Welcome back to Test cricket," say the commentators on air.
07:03 IST: OUT!! Hazlewood strikes again. Full and wide from the Australian pacer, Rahane goes fetching and manages an edge. Peter Handscomb at second slip, reverse cups it. India are crumbling down, 41/4 in the first session.
07:02 IST: India 40/3 after 20 overs.
07:00 IST: The battle between Lyon and Rahane is on. The Indian batsman is going after the Australian spinner, but the latter is being clever in his approach. This is going to be interesting.
06:54 IST: "Not so sure it's the right game plan," tweets Michael Vaughan about the Indian innings against Australia.
The Indians have come out with an ultra aggressive approach .. Gifted the Aussies 3 wickets .. Not so sure it's the right game plan .. Old school leaves required in Session 1 in Adelaide .. #AUSvIND @FoxCricket— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) December 6, 2018
06:50 IST: Lyon vs the Indian batsmen:
Against Pujara -- 522 balls, 232 runs and seven dismissals (the joint most he got out to any bowler)
Against Rahane -- 355 balls, 184 runs and six dismissals (the joint most he got out to any bowler)
06:47 IST: SIX!! Unexpected from Rahane. He comes down the track, gets close to the pitch of the ball and pummels Nathan Lyin over mid-wicket for the first six of the match.
06:39 IST: DROPPED! Peter Handscomb drops Ajinkya Rahane on 2 at the forward short leg. Rahane shimmies down the pitch and plays the ball towards Handscomb, who anticipated the movement but didn't do well to catch the ball. Lyon is not impressed. India could have been four down.
06:38 IST: Nathan Lyon is introduced in the attack and Pujara is beaten on the first ball. The GOAT is at work at the Adelaide Oval.
06:34 IST: Drinks break. India 25/3 after 13 overs. It has been an eventful first hour. The Australian pacers are on top of their game as the Indian batsmen gave away their wickets. While KL Rahul continued with his poor form, a blinder by Usman Khawaja sent Virat Kohli packing. With India being in a spot of bother, Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara will have to counter the Australian bowling department and take India forward.
06:28 IST: Four!! Back of a length delivery from Hazlewood, Pujara spots the length early, gets on top of it and cuts the ball behind point.
06:25 IST: Stats -- Cummins has now dismissed Kohli twice in four balls in Test cricket.
06:24 IST: Ajinkya Rahane is the new man in.
06:22 IST: OUT!! Pat Cummins strikes and the Indian skipper departs. India in big trouble, reeling at 19/3. Cummins bowls full and wide, Kohli goes for the drive, gets an outside edge and the ball flies to the left of Usman Khawaja at gully. The dives and takes a blinder. What. A. Catch by the Australian no.3
06:19 IST: Pat Cummins introduced in the attack. Bowls a good length delivery and Kohli leans forward and defends it as the ball rolls away on the on-side.
06:18 IST: India 19/2 after 10 overs. Kohli seven runs away from 1,000 Test run against Australia.
06:15 IST: Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara are being careful with their shot selection. After losing two wickets, the onus is one Kohli and Pujara to take the Indian innings forward.
06:05 IST: Virat Kohli is the new batsman in. India have lost both openers early.
06:04 IST: OUT!! Starc gets his first wicket of the day and Murali Vijay walks back for 11. Starc bowls full and it comes back at Vijay, who was going for the drive. The ball takes an inside edge and Tim Paine takes a comfortable catch behind the stumps. India 15/2 after 7 overs.
05:58 IST: FOUR!! Hazlewood bowls full and wide, Murali Vijay prods forward and opens the full face of the bat as the ball runs away to the boundary. Hazlewood is not pleased with himself.
05:56 IST: India 6/1 after 5 overs.
05:55 IST: Close -- Short of a length delivery from Starc, Pujara drops his wrists and lets it go.
05:45 IST: India 5/1 after 3 overs vs Australia in Adelaide.
05:40 IST: OUT!! Hazlewood strikes and KL Rahul takes the long walk back for 2. Hazlewood bowls full with a hint of swing, Rahul goes for a drive and manages an outside edge. Aaron Finch, at third finch, takes a comfortable catch. Australia have got off to a perfect start.
05:37 IST: Murali Vjiay gets off the mark. He leans forward and guides the ball through the mid-wicket area.
05:35 IST: India 2/0 after the first over.
05:30 IST: First ball -- Starc bowls a short of a length delivery, with a hint of swing. KL Rahul defends it carefully.
05:29 IST: KL Rahul and Murali Vijay are opening the batting for India. Mitchell Starc to begin the proceedings for the hosts.
05:28 IST: The respective national anthems are done and the pre-match rituals are underway.
05:25 IST: Right, then! It's almost game time.
05:18 IST: Trivia -- In the four innings at the Adelaide Oval in Tests, Virat Kohli has hit three hundred. His scores here read 116, 22, 115, 141. Can he continue to score in the same fashion?
05:15 IST: With less than 15 minutes to go, Australia's Big Three are raring to go.
05:10 IST: Australia playing XI: Marcus Harris, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Tim Paine(w/c), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon.
05:08 IST: Team India playing XI: Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami.
05:05 IST: Tim Paine - We would have batted as well, some damp spots and we will look to make the best of that. Nice to start in Adelaide, we will look to do our best. We think 3 pacers and Nathan will do the job, they are pretty fresh and we have an all-around attack. We expect the batsmen to stand-up, we have good players who have done well domestically over the past five-six years.
05:02 IST: Virat Kohli -- We will bat first, looks like a nice hard wicket with a nice covering of grass. Runs on the board will be handy. Every tour is an opportunity, it's a difficult challenge in Australia. We are looking forward to a challenging series, I love playing here in Adelaide, the wicket is good and the stadium is great. Rohit Sharma will bat at six, he can bat well with tail, has the shots on these kinds of wickets.
05:00 IST: India captain Virat Kohli wins toss, elects to bat vs Australia at the Adelaide Oval.
04:48 IST: Trivia -- The Adelaide Test will be the first one by Australia at home without either Steve Smith or David Warner since the Adelaide Ashes Test in December 2010.
04:45 IST: "Let's do this, lads", tweets the BCCI.
04:35 IST: Marcus Harris is making his Test debut and his family can't be more proud!
04:32 IST: India captain Virat Kohli is warming up and all set for the clash.
04:30 IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of the first day of the opening Test between India and Australia.
But the Indians have never won a Test series in Australia and if pace bowlers Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins are firing the tourists could be in for another tough time. India suffered a huge blow ahead of the first Test with young opener Prithvi Shaw ruled out after suffering ankle ligament damage during their final warm-up game against a Cricket Australia XI. But veteran opener Murali Vijay, who was dropped following a pair in the second Test against England this year, rose to the challenge with a century in the same match and is expected to face the new ball with KL Rahul.
India's middle order also looks in good form with Cheteshwar Pujara, Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari all hitting half-centuries in the CA XI game. They also have an experienced set of bowlers in Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami, and Jasprit Bumrah.
Vihari and Rohit Sharma are expected to compete for the one spot as Kohli named his 12-man squad on Wednesday. In terms of skill, in terms of experience, in terms of how we are playing, our mindset, we definitely feel we have the ability to win a series here," said Kohli.
As far as the hosts are concerned, skipper Tim Paine says he is sick of all the ball-tampering talk and it is time to move on and focus on halting powerhouse India from winning their first Test series Down Under. The scandal in March has haunted Australian cricket, with Steve Smith and David Warner banned. With the world's number one Test nation awaiting them in Adelaide, Paine said it was time to start looking forward.