Pujara keeps India afloat on day of brilliant Aussie fielding

Ruben Hill
December 6, 2018

The 30-year-old compiled a patient 123 in hot and hard conditions at Adelaide Oval to help India stay in the opening Test against Australia with 250-9 at stumps.

Australia silenced Virat Kolhi and every member of India's star-studded top order bar Cheteshwar Pujara, who fought back fastidiously with an impressive century on day one of the first Test at Adelaide Oval.

Pujara faced 141 balls for a dogged 46 not out with his latest partner Ravi Ashwin unbeaten on five on a day characterised by poor shot selection. Pujara halted the home side's momentum with his first century in Australia, soaking up 246 balls. Thursday's play finished with Pujara being run out for 123 by a superb direct hit from Pat Cummins, who had one stump to aim at after toiling for 19 overs as temperatures hit 38C.

India captain Virat Kohli opted to bat first but their top order crumbled against Australia's attack, with numerous batsman guilty of poor shot selection.

Australian bowling coach David Saker said it was a premeditated plan for the quicks to pitch it up and lure India's batsmen into false shots.

The morning got off to a awful start for Seven - the free-to-air channel somehow failed to fully capture the all-important coin toss, much to the annoyance of those watching.

Kohli's entrance was met by a huge roar but his innings did not last long as he was caught by a spectacular one-handed take from Usman Khawaja off a Cummins delivery for just three.

Rohit Sharma, preferred in the final XI to all-rounder Hanuma Vihari, compiled a patient 31 before sweeping Lyon for six, narrowly missing being caught on the ropes. He found willing support through Ravichandran Ashwin (25) as the pair combined for a 62-run seventh-wicket partnership.

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