India could very well have been bundled out for less than 200 today, but Pujara saved the day for India. Having said that the Indians cannot relax at the moment and the bowlers need to deliver on day two.
STUMPS: And with this it's stumps on day one of this gripping Test match. In a day that clearly belonged to the Aussies, India have done well to reach 250/9. Can India add to that total, let's wait and watch on the second day.
OUT: What a moment this is in the match, Pujara who had been playing so well is run out courtesy a brilliant effort by Pat Cummins. Pujara departs for 123. It's 250/9.
Pujara is turning on the heat now as he got another couple of boundaries off Starc. On one occasion he just gets a six through the covers. This is exceptional batting from the Indian. The best part is he is not finished as yet. India are 243/8.
We are approaching the end of day one of the first Test, and the day clearly belonged to the Aussies. But credit must be given to Pujara for bailing India out of trouble. India are 233/8.
100 FOR PUJARA: Cheteshwar Pujara brings up his 16th Test ton and first in Australia. More importantly he has taken India to a decent total after an early collapse.
5000 RUNS FOR PUJARA: A bolt from the blue for Hazlewood as Pujara pulls him for a six. That is least expected from Pujara, that too when he's nearing a ton. He follows up with a four through midwicket. Pujara reaches 99.
OUT: Starc pitches the ball wide and Pujara goes for a shot. The ball takes an edge and flies past the slip cordon. Pujara survives. But Ishant cannot resist the attack for the bowler. He is castled for 8. India are 210/8.
With just eight overs to go in the day, India would not want to lose another wicket, The only saving grace for them has been the way Pujara has batted till now. India move to 209/7.
Starc is back into the attack. Let's see if he can end this innings. The tail has troubled the Aussies. And they have taken the new ball. And he has removed Ishant Sharma straightway. He brings in the ball a mile, and hits the batsman in front. And he is saved by height. Ishant survives. India are 206/7.
Pujara has been brilliant till now and dealing in ones and twos. But taking a double on Lyon bowling, he seems to have pulled his hamstring. India need his services at the moment. Physio Patrick Farhart is out on the field. But still 200 is up for India. Pujara moves to 85.
Pujara, despite losing partners, has went about his business as usual. Once again he plays a cracking drive through long off and gets three runs for it. Another Cummins over comes to an end. India are 199/7.
Ishant sweep, and sweeps well to get a four off Lyon. These are all welcome runs for the Indians. Also Pujara is nearing his ton. India are 196/7.
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He walks back for a 76-ball 25, and Australia have the breakthrough. Ashwin's 62-run stand with Pujara is by far India's best on the day.
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And after Ashwin's departure it's all upto Pujara to take India to a decent total. The biggest problem for India is that they don't have players who can contribute in the lower order. India are 190/7.
OUT: India would take a lot of heart from the way these twi have batted. From here on, whatever total India manages to get, bowlers will have a positive outlook. Meanwhile, Ashwin cuts a Cummins ball fine and gets a four. And on the very next ball, he gets peach of a delivery that takes the edge and goes in the hands of Harris. India are in deep trouble at 189/7.
These two batsmen are certainly frustrating the Aussies, as Tim Paine is changing his fast bowlers a bit too much. The Indians are crawling towards 200. It's 184/6 after 73 overs.
CHANCE: Looked like Pujara edged one off Lyon and skied it in middle of the keeper and close in fielders. Perhaps a luck escape for India and Pujara. It's 183/6 at the moment.
Hazlewood ends yet another over that has been economical. India have managed to reach 180 though. With this partnership, India can harbour hopes of getting to 250 too.
FIFTY PARTNERSHIP: This is brilliant batting by Ashwin and Pujara, and they have just shown rest of the Indian batsmen, how to bat under pressure. They have run well between the wickets and bring up fifty partnership.
Hazlewood comes into the attack now, and he has looked the most sorted of all Aussie bowlers, as always. He gives nothing away except for a solitary run. India are 172/6 at the moment.
Ashwin has shown great character here. Despite not being comfortable at the crease, he has dug deep and given some support to Pujara. Even his singles and doubles are doing the job for India. It's 171/6 at the moment.
This partnership between Ashwin and Pujara has once again given some hopes to the Indians. The first aim should be to take India past the score of 200 here. Another over comes to an end. India are 167/6.
Now after a great spell by Starc, Cummins replaces him. That was another clean over for the Aussies as India are moving at a snail's pace. It's 166/6.
MISSED CHANCE: Pujara edges one off Starc and gully is action again. Khawaja narrowly misses it as India gets a four. It's 161/6 after 63 overs for India.
Starc is hitting good speeds here:
Australia have Finch step up a bit at slips for Pujara, who tends to play the ball with soft hands. His wicket is the key for Australia now. Starc completes yet another over. Just two runs come from it. India are 154/6.
Latest Updates India vs Australia Live Score, 1st Test: That’s the end of the second session then, India losing two wickets there and end at 143. Pujara is the only batsman who can hold his head high in that dressing room. Some dreadful shot selection has already left India staring down the barrel here. Pujara will have to fight it out and get some support from the other end if India are to get anywhere here
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It’s time for the actual, on-field India vs Australia, finally after all the hype and build up. If you’ve been living under a rock and just about tuned in to the cricket in Australia over the last week or so, you can be forgiven for thinking Australia are going to face 11 Virat Kohlis over four Tests. Kohli is just everywhere. Fox Cricket, the broadcasters of the Border-Gavaskar Test series in Australia, ran a promo exclusively focusing on ‘King’ Kohli in Australia. The king is coming,’ it said. ‘The first Indian captain to win a Test series in Australia?,’ it wondered.
Kohli’s face is splashed across all newspapers. Even a video of Kohli batting in the nets has gone viral on social media. Former Australian pacers like Jason Gillespie and Ryan Harris have words of advice on how to get Kohli out. Ricky Ponting – a big bully with the bat in his playing days – says Kohli shouldn’t be allowed to bully Australia in their own backyard. Such is the aura around the India captain as the sides get set to clash on Thursday (December 6) in Adelaide. Even as the crescendo has built, India have gone about their business as calmly as is possible. A 12-man squad was named for the clash, with a toss-up between Rohit Sharma and Hanuma Vihari for the final batting spot. India have given up on the five-bowler theory for this game, and chosen just four frontline options in Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin as the lone spinner, a decision clearly premised on the surfeit of left-handers in the Australian line-up. In normal circumstances, the very same Australian media would be out targeting Kohli & co, trying to play mind games against the visitors. If not for the events in South Africa earlier this year, the build-up could have been a lot different. It would have been about Kohli v Steve Smith, like it was in 2014 and even in 2017 in India. Kohli had a tremendous tour last time around scoring four centuries, but it was Smith’s runs that clinched the series for Australia. Smith even led Australia to a win in Pune with a century.
Without Smith, and David Warner, Australian cricket finds itself in such a situation that there are doubts over who the favourites are ahead of the series. Hardly has a visiting team started favourites ahead of a series in Australia, across any format. Even if some don’t consider India as the favourites, there’s no doubt that they start on par with the hosts. This, despite India losing in England and South Africa over the last year, in itself is extraordinary. The home team has announced their playing XI for the clash, dropping one of their vice-captains in Mitchell Marsh for Peter Handscomb, recalled for the first time since the tour of South Africa in March and April.
Despite scoring a century for Sheffield Shield side Western Australia in the lead-up, Marsh pays the price for a poor tour of the United Arab Emirates where he managed 30 runs from four innings with the bat against Pakistan and two wickets at the cost of almost 100 runs with the ball.
“Mitch Marsh probably hasn’t been as consistent as he would like and we would like,” captain Tim Paine said. “We know he’s good enough to be a genuine all-rounder at test level. The quicks are going to have a bowl a bit more and we have full faith that Nathan Lyon can do the job.” Australia haven’t won a series in any format since the sandpaper-gate, barring the one-off T20I against UAE. Worse, they aren’t sure about their brand of cricket. Michael Clarke reckons they won’t win s**t without their aggression. Justin Langer and Tim Paine have stood firm by their ‘elite’ values. Given both sides have strong bowling attacks, the series could well be decided by how the batsmen perform. India’s batting let them down against England, where they lost 1-4. Barring Kohli, and to some extent Cheteshwar Pujara, none of the other batsmen can claim to be in form. M Vijay will be under pressure making a comeback. KL Rahul will be under pressure of poor form. Ajinkya Rahane will have to step up and be the glue in the middle order, like he did wonderfully in the last tour down under. The series will also show if Rishabh Pant can step up to the big level, and if Rohit Sharma can revive his Test career. Firstly, though, it remains to be seen if he gets into the side ahead of Hanuma Vihari. Meanwhile, Australia have struggled to fill in for Smith and Warner. They’ve got new faces at the top with uncapped Marcus Harris, and the recently Test capped Aaron Finch. Handscomb is making a comeback and Travis Head is yet to play a Test at home. Much of the batting responsibility, thus, lies on Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh, along with captain Paine. If they can do just about enough to give their bowlers a chance, they might change the pre-series perceptions. The last Test series between the two sides – in India in 2017 – was acrimonious and yet competitive with India winning 2-1. How this one pans out, on both counts, will be interesting to watch.
India XII: Virat Kohli (C), A Rahane (VC), KL Rahul, M Vijay, C Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Hanuma Vihari, R Pant (WK), R Ashwin, M Shami, I Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah
Australia XI: Marcus Harris, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Tim Paine (c), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.