Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

1st Test: India 250/9 at stumps against Australia

1st Test: India 250/9 at stumps against Australia

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Australia's bowlers will pay the price for their batsmen's sins after being boldly sent into an Adelaide heat wave without a safety net against India.

A crowd of 23,802 attended the opening day of the first Test at Adelaide Oval on Thursday.

Pujara faced 243 deliveries in a century of split personality.

Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc all grabbed two wickets each as temperatures topped 36 degrees and the tourists wilted to 250-9 at stumps on day one.

"To be honest, we should have batted better but they also bowled well in those first two sessions", Pujara told reporters. "So we are taking the opportunity at the moment to send him back to play a Shield game".

KL Rahul's (2) poor run in worldwide cricket continued as he edged an away-swinger from Josh Hazlewood to Aaron Finch at second slip. Hazlewood and Starc kept teasing Vijay and Pujara by bowling full outside off and soon reaped rewards for the consistency. The onus was once again on the batting maestro to dig India out of trouble alongside along with Pujara who was looking in his characteristic mode. Kohli came in with similar intent, but that too yielded similar result.

Khawaja dived and snared the ball in his left hand.

It was only Cheteshwar Pujara's 16th Test hundred that saved India the blushes and brought some respectability to the total, albeit he was dismissed right at the stroke of stumps.

"Just like the great Australian cricket team of 2001 felt and we just fell short (of winning in India) and we were able to (win in) 2004". His six against Pat Cummins at cover reason was a treat to watch.

"Little things have worked and hopefully the swing that I've got the last couple of weeks hangs around for the summer".

While Pujara was more sedate with this approach, Rohit kept playing his shots. India would be hoping to pick the remaining six wickets and get a decent lead.

However, Pujara held firm at the other end and stitched a solid stand with Ravichandran Ashwin for the seventh wicket. The two focused more on strike rotation and kept the scoreboard ticking.

Pujara felt it was a decent total as the pitch was hard to bat on.

Ajinkya Rahane (13) handed Hazlewood his second wicket with a rank slash outside off that ended up in the hand of the recalled Peter Handscomb, finishing off a lucrative first session for Australia.

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