Cheteshwar Pujara defied the Australian bowling as he scored his 16th Test hundred. He took team India to a competitive score of 250 runs for 9 at stumps on Day 1.
Cheteshwar Pujara saved Team India’s opening day’s blues with a defiant century at Day 1 of the Adelaide Test against Australia.
Pujara’s century came as a rescue after Australian pacemen threatened to dominate Indian batsmen.
The score was 1-3 when Pujara walked to the crease on a scorching hot day in the South Australia capital, and India was 4-41 and in a deep hole. The right-hander went on to produce one of the toughest centuries in Australia as he worked his way to 100 off about 230 balls.
It was a gritty innings from @cheteshwar1 under the circumstances. Congratulations to you on your brilliant century. Looking forward to many more knocks like this in the series. #AUSvIND #FightOfMight pic.twitter.com/MwhPN8BGW3
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 6, 2018
Pujara was dismissed by a runout from Pat Cummins in the last play of the day, for 127.
He had a brief partnership with Rohit Sharma, who belted three sixes before falling to a shot for 37.
India vs Australia Day 1 Test: How it happened?
Earlier, Captain Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat on a batting-friendly wicket but that decision did not go in favour of the Indian batting line-up.
The Australian pacemen created a havoc in the first session of the opening day. KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane were the batsmen who got out way too early. Three of them went back to the pavilion after playing poor shots against the Australian pace trio of Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins.
The first session belonged to the hosts, but India fought back with crucial partnerships in the second session. However, India’s Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant just got out before the end of the second session.
And, that’s Stumps on Day 1 of the 1st Test.#TeamIndia 250/9 (Pujara 123)
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 6, 2018
The third session of the day saw Cheteshwar Pujara defy the Australian bowling unit as he not only reached 5,000 Test runs but also scored his first century in Australia. With just one wicket remaining, the home team will aim to wrap up the Indian inning quickly on the second day.
For Australia, apart from the pacers, Nathan Lyon also returned with two wickets.
Mohammed Shami was not out on 6 with Jasprit Bumrah, who will be the last batsman to resume on day two. It was a positive finish for India were struggling at 86 for five after lunch.
India will begin Day 2 with one wicket in hand and they’ll still want to add runs to the board before sending Australia to the crease.
Australia: Marcus Harris, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Tim Paine (c, wk), Pat Cummins, Mitch Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood (VC)
India: KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma
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