Adelaide Test: Pujara's ton powers India to 250/9 on opening day

Adelaide Test: Pujara's ton powers India to 250/9 on opening day

Adelaide Test: Pujara's ton powers India to 250/9 on opening day

At stumps, Australia were 191/7 in 88 overs with Ashwin being their primary tormentor, securing figures of 3/50 in 33 overs. Jasprit Bumrah will join him tommarow.

Hence, the need to make sure that Australia doesn't get a big lead - rather they don't get a lead at all.

The runs have come slowly but on Day 3, Head will remain the key.

It was the only passage of play where India's bowling lost a little colour, but it was partly due to the fact that Murali Vijay (0-10) bowled four overs before the second new ball was taken.

"He hits the bat harder and quicker than any of the spinners I've faced in Australia so you have to be at your best against guys like Nathan and their bowling attack".

But in December 2018, lacking Steven Smith and David Warner while facing a skilful Indian attack on a searching Adelaide Oval pitch, Australia's performance was as notable for its mediocrity as the obvious effort each batsman was putting in.

Ashwin carried a heavy workload and bowled unchanged from the middle of the first session through to tea.

Ajinkya Rahane also couldn't contribute and became Hazlewood's second victim for 13 runs.

When the game resumed on Day 2, tailender Mohammed Shami was out for six on the first delivery on Friday, caught behind by Tim Paine off Josh Hazlewood. "A good thing with this wicket is it gets better as this match goes on, so I think that should hold us in good stead". The left-hander pushed one forward against Ashwin and gloved it to Pant.

India appealed, and then opted for DRS review with hotspot showing a faint tickle on Khawaja's glove as Australia were suddenly reduced to 87-4.

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Australia now trail by 177 runs.

"To be honest we should have batted better but they also bowled well in the first two sessions and I knew that I had to stay patient and wait for the loose balls".

India will be hoping that Shami and Bumrah score some 20 more runs.

In reply, Australia failed to pace their innings well. For Australia, Marcus Harris made his Test debut as announced a day prior.

"It's not as easy as the old Adelaide Oval wicket", said Harris, who was caught in close for 26 after nicking onto his pads. However, Usman Khawaja had other ideas as he leapt full length to his length and plucked the catch with one hand to put himself as the No.1 contender for catch of the summer already. The India player was banned for three tests by the match referee, but the ban was overturned on appeal and amid rumors that India planned to boycott the rest of the tour. Cummins drives the 5 ball past cover for 2 runs.

Ashwin first struck before lunch.

Australia's 50 came up in the 27th over thereafter.

Incoming batsman Rohit Sharma and Pujara then played some sensible cricket as India crept past the 50-run mark.

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