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

It left Starc and Head to negotiate the nervous final overs to give Australia hope of getting enough runs on day three to remain competitive. Lyon watched footage of Ashwin prior to Australia's tour of India a year ago, desperate to improve his form on the subcontinent. Post lunch, Rohit and Pujara started off well as they added 45 runs for the fifth wicket. Peter Handscomb fell first paying for living dangerously. He has to play the big shot to get underway.

Paine also said that he wants to regain the respect lost during the ball tampering scandal and feels that Test cricket is a platform to not only win games but also correct areas which needs attention.

With Australia struggling at 127/6, they turned things their way thanks to a strong partnership between Head and Pat Cummins.

"The quicks are going to have to bowl a bit more and we have full faith that Nathan Lyon can do the job in any conditions", he said.

The Australian pacers struck regularly with the new Kookaburra ball and made inroads into the Indian top order that never got going.

Despite India's all-round bowling performance, Chappell was left most impressed by the performance of Ravichandran Ashwin.

"Usman Khawaja 3.0 isn't it? But it's nice to see the ball moving around and I think we've all been preparing brilliantly for this Test series with a little period off after the Shield game". The left-hander had been tied down and was content eating up deliveries. Meanwhile, Ravi Ashwin is continuing from one end. All of a sudden, the visitors were reduced to 19/3 in the 11th over.

OUT! Jasprit Bumrah strikes after the tea break.

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The bowlers also ensured runs were contained to add further pressure on the Australian batting. The move yielded rich dividends in Pat Cummins' first over.

A closer examination reveals major issues, for he has failed to reach double figures in his past six innings (top score of seven) and has only done so twice in his past 10 knocks. Australian pacers were on target on day one.

"They've just gifted Australia four cheap wickets".

Harris believed the teams were "evenly matched". Cummins drives the 5 ball past cover for 2 runs. Shaun March threw his wicket away when he chase a wide, looping delivery and only succeeded in dragging it back onto the stumps in the first over after lunch. Harris played on to his pads and was caught at silly point in the 22nd over, as the spinner got dividends for blocking all scoring opportunities.

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

Fall of Wickets: 1/3, 2/15, 3/19, 4/41, 5/86, 6/127, 7/189, 8/210, 9/250.

Paine told reporters on the eve of the match that Harris will open the batting alongside Victoria teammate Aaron Finch, according to a Cricket Australia report. His economy rate was 3.19 and compared to Ishant (ER of 2.07), Bumrah (1.70) and Ashwin (1.52), it offered the batsmen a release.

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