India's batsmen cop criticism in Adelaide

Cheteshwar Pujara reaches 5000 runs

Cheteshwar Pujara reaches 5000 runs

Pujara's 16th test century saved India after a disastrous start that saw them slump to 86 for five after lunch, falling to a combination of terrible shot-making and quality Australian pace after captain Virat Kohli won the toss. The series is even more important for captain Kohli as it would also define his legacy as a leader having already established himself as world's premier batsman. It was credit to Indian bowling that it kept the runs in check and regular inroads into the Australian line-up meant that they were never really out of pressure.

Cheteshwar Pujara's superb 123 took India to a respectable position against Australia on day one of the Adelaide Test on Thursday.

After dismissing the tourists for their overnight score of 250, Australia's inexperience showed as they stumbled to a score of 7-191 at the end of the day's play, 59 runs behind India's first innings total.

But after returning from a break, Hazlewood enticed Rahane into a drive and he edged it to Handscomb, who took the catch above his head at slip and he was gone for 13. Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah resume the action for India on day two.

Vijay's departure for 11 brought Indian skipper Virat Kohli to the crease who by now has got accustomed to facing the new ball in foreign conditions. So much has been written and said about the superstar's batting, records, aggression, captaincy, profile and income in recent weeks. He's played six Tests in Australia, taking 21 wickets at 54.71 and best figures of 4-105.

Many applauded the move but the true merit of it will be known until after a four-man Australian attack has ploughed through a predicted furnace over the next few days where on-field temperatures are expected to soar into the late 30s. Lyon gave the delivery an ample time to turn and Rohit ended up mistiming it straight into the hands of debutant Marcus Harris at deep square leg for 37.

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Therefore, if they are hesitant to overpay for an older pitcher, Philly could turn their attention to a former A.L. The Post's Joel Sherman reported that the Yankees had been steadfast on a five-year deal for Corbin.

Pujara and Ashwin's stand for the seventh wicket yielded 62 runs but once Ashwin fell to an away-swinger from Hazlewood, Pujara faced a race. Debate over workload management is likely to pop up at some point this series, especially with a three-day turnaround between the first and second Tests.

OUT! Ishant Sharma strikes. The duo then added 41 runs for the sixth wicket as India crossed 100 in the 41st over, including five sixes surprisingly. Ashwin will also come into play.

Pujara was run-out off the last ball of the day, a sensational piece of fielding from Pat Cummings bringing an end to his brilliant innings.

"And, hopefully, this time around, a full series", said Kohli, who recently became the fastest to reach 10,000 runs in ODIs, surpassing India legend and former captain Sachin Tendulkar.

"So I don't think spin bowling is a big threat, but it seems to me that Australia are anxious about the spinning options of India, deciding to go with Handscomb who's such a good player of spin".

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