Pujara’s ton takes India to recovery
Cheteshwar Pujara’s 16th Test ton guided India to recovery after a drastic batting collapse in the opening day of the first Test in Adelaide Oval.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli won the toss in the regular pitch of Adelaide Oval and elected to bat first. The hosts already announced their playing XI a day before while India confirmed Rohit’s participation over Hanuma Vihari in the announced 12-man squad for the first Test.
But the visitors didn’t get a positive start to the series as Australian fast bowling line-up had their toes up in the comeback game of the pace trio of Australia. KL Rahul was the first one to start the batting collapse for India.
The right-handed opener continued his poor form with the bat, dismissed for only two runs. Following him, his partner Murai Vijay also failed to impress in the comeback game since he was dismissed on 11 runs. The biggest shock was the dismissal of Kohli as the Indian skipper was dismissed only on 3 with a stunning catch from Usman Khawaja.
The batting collapse story continued for the visitors. Rohit Sharma who is also making a comeback in white clothes had a good start of 37 runs but threw away his wicket for an unwanted shot of Nathan Lyon’s off-spin.
On the other end, Cheteshwar Pujara played his natural game and didn’t give any chances for the Australian bowlers. The no.3 batsman got some support from Rishab Pant and Ravichandran Ashwin as both batsmen scored 25 runs for their contribution which is not bad compared to others.
Ravichandran Ashwin and Cheteshwar Pujara had the first fifty partnership of the Indian innings and recovered the team from the collapse to some extent. Cheteswar Pujara played another best Test knock scoring his 16th Test century and also completed 5000 runs in the format.
A supreme, defiant knock, even as the rest of the Indian batsmen struggled, and he has kept the team’s hopes alive here. After scoring the ton, the right-hander changed his hear and played some lofted shots and increased the team score quickly.
In the end, Pujara had to lose his wicket for a run out with an amazing throw from Pat Cummins and that ended the day’s play too and India were 250/9 at the stumps. In the Australian bowling line-up, all the main four bowlers took four wickets each.
Cheteshwar Pujara 123, Rohit Sharma 37
Pat Cummins 2/49, Josh Hazlewood 2/52