Australia take upper-hand on series opening day
Australia are off to a good start in the first Test against India as India were 233/6 at the end of day one.
The much-anticipated Test series between Australia and India is finally off the mark with the first Test at Adelaide Oval. The Test marks the first day-night Test between both nations as well as the first day-night Test for the visitors outside India.
In the very pleasant afternoon, Indian skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat first. India came up with the XI as they announced on the eve of the first Test. On the hosts’ side, Cameron Green received his Baggy Green cap after passing the fitness Test. For the opening spot, the hosts brought in Joe Burns and Matthew Wade.
After electing to bat first, India had a shocking start in the afternoon. The opening batsman Prithvi Shaw was bowled out in the very second delivery of the game by left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc. After the very early wicket, Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara tried to build a steady partnership.
Unfortunately, the other opening batsman Mayank Agarwal lost his wicket for a cracker of delivery from Pat Cummins when the former was on 17. Indian skipper joined with Cheteshwar Pujara and put up a decent partnership before the wicket of Cheteshwar Puraja on 43 and the team score was 100/3 then. Once again Pujara lost his wicket to Nathan Lyon and that is his tenth one against the off-spinner.
Following that the captain and vice-captain formed a good partnership of 88 runs. The Indian skipper brought up his 23rd Test half-century and returned to the pavilion after a horrible mix-up in the middle. The wicket shifted momentum towards the hosts again and they started to dominate the Indian batsmen.
Soon after the wicket of the skipper, Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari departed in the mean interval. At the end of day one, India were 233/6 with Ravichandran Ashwin and Wriddhiman Saha in the crease. For the hosts, Mitchell Starc scalped two wickets while Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins, and Josh Hazlewood picked up one each.
Toss: India won and elected to bat first
India: 233/6 (89) [ Virat Kohli 74, Cheteshwar Pujara 43, Mitchell Starc 2/49]