India vs Australia 2018, 1st Test, Day 1: LIVE cricket score of India vs Australia at Adelaide Oval. News, latest updates, live streaming, coverage and highlights.
India vs Australia 2018, 1st Test, Day 1: LIVE cricket score of India vs Australia at Adelaide Oval. News, latest updates, live streaming, coverage and highlights.

Stumps on Day 1 (India 250-9 in 87.5 overs)

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Stumps: On a day when India gifted wickets in the first session, Cheteshwar Pujara stood firm like a rock to notch a scintillating century, his 16th in Tests and first in Australia as India ended the opening day at 250/9 in the first Test at Adelaide. Pujara however departed for 123, courtesy a brilliant direct hit from Pat Cummins to ensure India did not get bowled out under 200.

For Australia, Nathan Lyon, who picked two wickets, was the most economical bowlers going for 83 runs in his 28 overs at just 2.96. The other three pacers — Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins — all returned with two wickets each to sum up a great bowling performance by Australia.

DAY 1 REPORT: Cheteshwar Pujara 123, India 250/9 on day of toil

01:06pm: A fine innings by Cheteshwar Pujara comes to an end, courtesy a brilliant direct hit from Pat Cummins, showing his athleticism flinging a throw diving forward after Pujara pushed it to midon. Pujara departs for 123 off 246 deliveries, with seven boundaries and two sixes.

12:49pm: Pujara clips it away for two off Starc to bring up his 16th Test century, his first in Australia, and what a scintillating innings it has been in 231 deliveries, an important knock for his team. With wickets falling at the other end, Pujara has stood firm and has been hard to dislodge. He has scored just six boundaries and one six in his knock today.

12:45pm: Cheteshwar Pujara is ONE run from reaching his 16th Test century. A SIX and a FOUR in consecutive deliveries off Hazlewood saw him reach

12:38pm: That sound of timber after Mitchell Starc smashes the woodwork! Ishant Sharma had no clue about that inswinging yorker, gone for 4.

12.23pm: Mitchell Starc has taken over the new ball and immediately caused problems for Ishant, who has been saved by the DRS after a leg before appeal was ruled in favour of the Aussies by Nigel Llong.

12:20pm: Pujara has hurt himself in the middle and has called for the physio Patrick Farhart, who’s checking the left hamstring, but he seems fine, probably a slight cramp.

11:56am: The 62-run partnership which was looking dangerous was broken by Pat Cummins with a peach of delivery to dismiss Ravichandran Ashwin, who edged it to Peter Handscomb at second slip.

11.47am: It’s drinks at Adelaide as India remain unscathed. Pujara and Ashwin have steadied India’s innings.

11:30am: The 50-run partnership for the seventh wicket comes up between Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravichandran Ashwin, the highest in India’s innings.

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11:23am: Josh Hazlewood has replaced Nathan Lyon, but his pace has dropped drastically, now clocking just around 129 nicks with the sapping heat at Adelaide making it difficult. India are eyeing a decent total with around 22 overs remaining before stumps. Pujara and Ashwin are involved in an unbeaten 44-run partnership for the fifth wicket.

11:13am: Pat Cummins was brought back into the attack with Tim Paine rotating his Australian pace troika really well. Ravichandran Ashwin was immediately beaten for pace with his feet glued to the ground.

10:58am: Nathan Lyon, bowling his 20th over, seemed to have caused a little tension in the last ball with a huge appeal for leg before with Pujara on strike, but the impact was too far outside the off stump.

10:47am: Cheteshwar Pujara brings up his 20th Test half century in 153 deliveries, seventh against Australia and second Down Under.

10:44am: Pujara survived a close run out after Aaron Finch’s direct hit. Pujara and Ashwin were undecided whether to take the single after Ashwin got a thick edge to short leg. Finally, they ran for it, and it looks like Pujara’s dive saved him.

10:38am: Pujara and Ashwin stride out for the final session on day 1 as India will look to get a decent total. Australia begin their last session with Mitchell Starc.

Tea: Australia have called the shots in yet another session with the wickets of Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant leading to India’s downfalls. Rohit, who was looking good for his 37, failed to capitalise on his time spent at the crease, and departed after getting cramped up for room by Nathan Lyon. Pant, who was utterly wayward with his shot selection, ultimately fell to Lyon again, while trying to defend one, only to end up edging it behind to Tim Paine.

Cheteshwar Pujara has stood like a rock, although the runs have been minimal, he has held the innings together with Ravichandran Ashwin giving company. India will look to close the day without any further additions to the wickets column.

FULL TEA REPORT: 1st Test, tea: Cheteshwar Pujara firm but India 143/6 at Adelaide Oval

10:12am: Travis Head introduced into the attack bowling his part-time offspin with one more over to go before tea.

STAT: Nathan Lyon has dismissed Ravichandran Ashwin the most number of times — 187 balls 74 runs — five dismissals, the joint most he got out to any bowler.

09:50am: It was just a matter of time before Rishabh Pant made his way back to the pavilion. Pant, who was going after Nathan Lyon, reached out to defend it, but the drift and turn from Lyon, bowling around the wicket to the southapaw, saw Pant find the slightest of nicks to as Tim Paine got hold on to that one behind. Pant departed for an interesting 25.

09:41am: It will be a Test for Rishabh Pant to see his maturity  in his batting. Sure, he has got runs today, but can he capitalise on the start, unlike the previous batsmen?

09:26am: Nathan Lyon and Pat Cummins operating in tandem bowling tight lines. Rishabh Pant in Cummins’ last over went for a wild heave and missed it totally. A slight grin from Cummins, but bad shot selection from Pant.

09:10am: Cheteshwar Pujara has been standing firm at the crease with wickets falling at the other end. Rishabh Pant, who has just joined his senior pro after the dismissal of Rohit Sharma, has been freely playing his strokes. He flicked the second delivery of Starc behind square for a six, and then a leading edge saw Pant hit it into the gap between third slip and gully.

09:00am: After smashing a slog sweep six off Nathan Lyon, Rohit Sharma was heading in to hoick another one in the next delivery, but was cramped for room, thanks to the spin and ended up tossing it high to the deep square leg fielder, Marcus Harris picks up his debut catch. Rohit walks back after a good 37 just when he was about to capitalise.

08:46am: Mitchell Starc is brought into the attack and Cheteshwar Pujara welcomes him with a boundary. It’s about time he got one before taking his first run in 30 deliveries in the previous over with Rohit hogging the strike.

08:33am: This 22-run partnership for the fifth wicket has been all Rohit Sharma’s runs. Cheteshwar Pujara surviving at the other hand.

08:17am: Rohit Sharma has showed his positive intent striking a gorgeous drive through cover point opening the full face of the bat. However, a bat later, he was beaten for pace outside the off stump. It’s all happening at the Adelaide Oval.

Lunch: India were supposed to see through the first session without any casualties. They have lost FOUR wickets after winning the toss, courtesy some good disciplined bowling by the Australian pacers – Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins — who bowled tantalisingly close to the off stump, leaving the top four Indian batsmen out to loose drives. Cheteshwar Pujara has had to dig deep to remain unbeaten on 11 off 62, while Rohit Sharma is on 15 off 23.

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Winning the toss, India failed to get past through the first session

20.2 overs: WICKET! Brought back into the attack, Josh Hazlewood struck immediately. Ajinkya Rahane, who was building it up so nicely with Cheteshwar Pujara, went again for the drive outside the off stump, but managed to get a thick edge to give Peter Handscomb a simple catch at second slip.

STAT: Nathan Lyon has dismissed Chetehwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane 13 times in 34 innings. Pujara has been dismissed 7 times, while Rahane has been dismissed 6 times scoring 184 runs from 355 balls.

10.3 overs: WICKET: Pat Cummins get the big wicket of India captain Virat Kohli, but it was Usman Khawaja, who picked up a sreamer at gully to send Kohli back for 3. Kohli was done in by a hint of extra bounce, he couldn’t resist the temptation of driving it, but pushes it hard only to find the edge.

6.6 overs:WICKET! Mitchell Starc strikes this time. This one was bowled short and Starc slanted it full and across. Vijay was enticed into the drive, but it was too quick for him at 145kmph and he ended up edging it behind to Tim Paine. Vijay added just 11 to the tally.

1.6 overs: WICKET: Josh Hazlewood to KL Rahul. Full delivery, Rahul was induced into the drive, no feet movement and ended up getting a thick edge that was brilliantly taken by Aaron Finch at third slip. Rahul departed for just 2.

TOSS: India bat on a pitch full of runs, but it was Australia who were the early celebrants of an early wicket. KL Rahul, after clipping two off the pads in the opening over, steered the last ball of Josh Hazlewood’s first over to third slip with an expansive drive.

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Playing XI:

India 1 KL Rahul, 2 M Vijay, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Virat Kohli (capt), 5 Ajinkya Rahane, 6 Rohit Sharma, 7 Rishabh Pant (wk), 8 R Ashwin, 9 Mohammed Shami, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Jasprit Bumrah

Australia 1 Aaron Finch, 2 Marcus Harris, 3 Usman Khawaja, 4 Shaun Marsh, 5 Peter Handscomb, 6 Travis Head, 7 Tim Paine (capt & wk), 8 Mitchell Starc, 9 Pat Cummins, 10 Nathan Lyon, 11 Josh Hazlewood

Bring on a cracking Test series! #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/iBz0pHPEqr

That dismissal for two lowered Rahul’s batting average in Tests this year to 23.44. Subtract the 149 he scored in the last innings of the England tour and that falls to 16.05. Once again, as so often with Rahul, the wicket was not the bowler producing something exceptional.

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Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc did little but operate on tidy lines with some movement inwards, which Vijay and Pujara negotiated with soft hands and sharp judgement, even if their footwork was not always assured. A few stray short balls were banged in, which both Vijay and Pujara swayed away from apart from one instance when each looked on as deflected shots fell just short of catchers.

Vijay, playing his first in nearly four months, and averaging 21.18 this year, made 11 before he too departed to an ill-advised waft away from the body and edged Mitchell Starc to Tim Paine. A nothing shot, as the cliche goes, from a batsman who would not have played this Test had Prithvi Shaw not injured himself during the tour game.

His first boundary – and India’s – came from a streaky drive between cover and point to a very wide ball from Hazlewood,

The first bowling change produce the biggest wicket, courtesy a spectacular one-handed catch by Usman Khawaja at gully. Kohli saw width from Pat Cummins, chased it it and edged in the air for Khawaja to leap to his left and pluck a stunner. India 19/3 in 10.3 overs, their talismanic captain gone for three.

Cummins has now dismissed Kohli twice in four balls in Test cricket.

Pitch report: “It’s a drop-in pitch. Great batting pitch. Will seam a little bit early on. Gets through the first session, and then you can enjoy unbelievable sessions later.” So, that means this is definitely win-toss-bat-first surface,” says Brendan Julian.

PREVIEW

The much-anticipated four-match Test series between India and Australia kickstarts with the first Test beginning on Thursday at Adelaide. India, the No. 1 Test side, have been tipped as favourites to end their 70-year wait with money riding on captain Virat Kohli, who’s eight shy of reaching 1000 Test runs in Australia, a feat recorded only by three Indian cricketers – Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid.

India announced their 12-man squad for the series opener on Wednesday with Bhuvneshwar Kumar the key omission as the think tank opted to go with Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah. In the batting department, Rohit Sharma and Hanuma Vihari will be engaged in a shootout for the No. 6 spot with Ravichandran Ashwin the only specialist spinner.

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Since the beginning of 2014-15, India have won 26 out of their 46 Tests en route to becoming the No. 1 side. During this period, they have been fuelled by 11 of their 15 wins at home. However, the only piece missing in the puzzle is India’s record in Australia, South Africa and England where they recorded just one win on each of the tours this year.

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Australia are still recuperating from the disastrous ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town this year which has spilled over to the field. Their win/loss ratio this year in Tests is their worst in a calendar year this century having won just five matches out of 44. However, Tim Paine and Co can take some faith from their performances Down Under where they have won 20 and lost only two Tests since 2013.

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While India will aim to have a crack at a historic series win, Australia will be out to prove that they have moved on from the ills the ball-tampering scandal has had on their cricket. A cracker of a contest awaits at Adelaide!