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Virat Kohli (AFP Photo)

India‘s top order was blown away on Day 1 of the first Test against Australia. After opting to bat first at the Adelaide Oval, India lost half their side for 86 before Cheteshwar Pujara‘s fighting century spared them the blushes.

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The tourists finished the opening day on 250/9 after Pujara was run out for 123.

KL Rahul (2), Murali Vijay (11), captain Virat Kohli (3) and Ajinkya Rahane (13) all fell to loose drives. Rohit Sharma made a positive start with two fours and three sixes but frittered it away after playing one shot too many to hole out for 37.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan blamed India’s strategy to come out all guns blazing in the early part of their innings resulting in rash strokes that left them struggling “I think they’ve got the approach wrong. I think they’ve gone too aggressive,” Vaughan told “You look at all their dismissals and all four were through batsman error. It’s very much a normal Adelaide wicket. You know there will be a short amount of movement on day one. In this heat, as a batting unit you have to be disciplined and earn the right to score your runs later in the day. India didn’t do that.”

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He continued, “They haven’t underestimated Australia, they’ve just got their tactics wrong. They’ve come out too bullish. Against quality bowlers, if you play like that you run the risk of losing four quick wickets like they have done.”

At one stage, India were 41/4. A brief recovery followed with Pujara and Rohit adding 45 runs for the fifth wicket. Offspinner Nathan Lyon then struck twice to reduce them to 127/6 before Pujara battled with the tail to give the score some semblance of respect.

He consumed 246 deliveries during his stay, hitting seven fours and two sixes before a moment of brilliance in the field from Pat Cummins saw him being run out.