India vs Australia live score, IND 233-6: And that is stumps on Day 1. India were going well until Kohli was run-out and a mini-collapse was triggered. Ashwin and Saha will want to bat as long as possible tomorrow.
India vs Australia live score, AUS 229-6: FOUR! Cummins lands a near-perfect bouncer that Ashwin manages to swat away towards fine leg and just over the man in the deep for a one-bounce boundary.
India vs Australia live score IND 223-6: Wriddhiman Saha and R Ashwin have done well to ensure that they see out the remaining overs of the day. They cannot afford to lose more wickets.
India vs Australia live score, IND 206-6: OUT! Another one bites the dust now as Hazlewood traps Vihari plumb in front of the stumps and the batsman has to walk.
India vs Australia live score, IND 196-5: OUT! Starc gets one to land jag back slightly and rap Rahane's pads and the umpire instantly raises his finger. Vihari reviews for the vice-captain - presumably because they have 3 left, since it looked plumb and DRS confirmed it.
India vs Australia live score, IND 193-4: Hanuma Vihari is the new man in for India and he gets off the mark by running 3 off Lyon. Cummins then follows with a decent over and the new ball can now be taken.
India vs Australia live IND 188-4: OUT! Oh dear Rahane, what have you done?! He calls for a run and Kohli commits before being sent back when halfway down. Easiest run-out ever.
India vs Australia live score, IND 178-3: FOUR, FOUR! Rahane thick edges one to the boundary off Cummins and then Kohli gets a boundary off Lyon towards long off in the next over. The new ball is due soon and Australia would doubtless be taking it.
India vs Australia live score IND 16363: It's getting darker now at Adelaide and that means there is potential for the pacers to get some extra movement under the floodlights. India would want these two to see out the remaining overs.
India vs Australia live score, IND 154-3: Rahane and Kohli continue to stand firm in defence, although Australia are very much in the game. Starc twice beats Rahane's edge and the India vice captain also escaped a run-out due to a well timed dive.
India vs Australia live score, IND 148-3: FOUR! Kohli latches on to a short one from Starc and calmly guides it through deep mid wicket for a boundary. The skipper is in cruise control mode at this point.
India vs Australia live score IND 136-3: Double bowling change for Australia as Starc and Hazlewood replace Lyon and Cummins. Rahane and Kohli continue to defy the home side for now though and both look well set.
India vs Australia live score, IND 127-3: 50 for Virat Kohli! He brings up his half century with a single off Cummins but the celebration is muted. He knows he has a job in hand even now.
India vs Australia live score IND 119-3: FOUR, FOUR! First Rahane then Kohli play lovely drives through the off side against Lyon, who seemed to miss his lines and lengths this over.
India vs Australia live score, IND 108-3: Hello and welcome back to live coverage of the third and final session of Day 1 in the first Test. Lyon begins proceedings with an over that costs just one.
India vs Australia live score, IND 107-3: That will be Tea here in Adelaide Oval. And some stoic resistance from Indian batters. Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara have been really good. Both were very conservative in their approach, to say the least. Kohli didn't try to play anything which had room on the off side.
India vs Australia live score, IND 100-3: WICKET! And finally a breakthrough. Nathan Lyon gets his man. Cheteshwar Pujara had a couple of close shaves but this time, he wasn't that lucky.
India vs Australia live score, IND 79-2: Some action in this over. Firstly, Kohli hurt his finger as a Starc delivery hit his left hand and went up in the air. Kohli was lucky as the ball landed in no-man's zone. And finally a boundary to end the over.
Yes, finally a run. India 72/2.
India vs Australia live score, IND 71-2: Well, Virat Kohli is looking really good. Wanted a run and was denied by Pujara and since then Kohli didn't try to defy his Wall. But looking solid here, these two. And yes, that was a maiden over.
India vs Australia live score, IND 64-2: Pat Cummins is back into the attack and what a final delivery to finish this over. Almost kissed Pujara's bat. Well, Pujara had been iffy to say the least. He has been fishing outside off stump. Nathan Lyon created some trouble for him. How he is going to respond?
India vs Australia live score, IND 55-2: Virat Kohli is finally looking good here. He got some room from Pat Cummins and he just poked at that one. Result: The ball almost went for a boundary through the gap, alas the outfield was slow.
India vs Australia live score, IND 45-2: Well, some good bowling from Pat Cummins here. First he hurried Pujara with some bouncy ones and then he targetted the King. Kohli almost taken aback by the pace of the ball once. Before safely negotiating the final ball of the over.
India vs Australia live score, IND 41-2: First over after the break and Pujara remains cautious, as usual. Virat Kohli stays at the other end and a maiden to start the proceedings.
India vs Australia live score, IND 41-2: Green bowls one on the pads to Kohli, and the latter steals two runs. For now Kohli is being watchful too, as he wants India to be safe right now. And it's dinner time.
India vs Australia live score, IND 38-2: Cameron Green comes into the attack now. Pujara will have to really get some runs here. So another over comes to an end here and not much change in India's situation here.
India vs Australia Live Score, Pink-ball 1st Test, Day 1 at Adelaide: And that is stumps on Day 1. India were going well until Kohli was run-out and a mini-collapse was triggered. Ashwin and Saha will want to bat as long as possible tomorrow.
Test player No. 459 for Australia — Cameron Green receives his Test cap from Pat Cummins. Proud moment for the allrounder. The toss will take place 30 minutes before the scheduled start of play that is 9:00 am IST and play will begin at 9:30 am IST
Two seasons ago, around this time of the year, India were already 1-0 up in the four-match series with a win over Australia in the series opener in Adelaide. Much has changed since then. Australia is now a much stronger and rejuvenated unit with the return of Steven Smith in the XI (and Warner, hopefully from the second Test onwards). This, coupled with the fact that the first Test will be a Day and Night affair with the Pink Ball will make India’s challenge that much harder this time around.
Cheteshwar Pujara would again hold the key to India’s fortunes Down Under. He was the highest run getter in 2018-19 and started the series with a hundred in Adelaide. Skipper, Virat Kohli would be desperate to leave a mark and contribute with a big score before he sets off for his paternity leave. Ajinkya Rahane had a mediocre series last time around (two fifties in 7 innings) and would be keen on a better performance in 2020-2021.
India, not surprisingly are going with 6 batsmen – their preferred combination overseas. It will also give them extra cushion against the moving Pink Ball. Hanuma Vihari, who impressed in the second Tour Match against Australia A has deservedly retained his place at Number 6. The visitors have opted for Wriddhiman Saha over Rishabh Pant giving more importance to skills behind the stumps than heroics with the bat.
India have two aces in their bowling department – Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami have the ability to run through the Australian line-up, especially if they are lucky to bowl with the Pink Ball around twilight. Bumrah was the joint-highest wicket-taker in 2018-19 with 21 wickets in 4 Tests while Shami also played his part with 16. Umesh Yadav, who remarkably, has a better average and strike rate than even Bumrah and Shami since 2018, will be the third seamer while, given his experience, R Ashwin is the right choice for the specialist spinner’s position.
Australia have to start favourites at Adelaide – not only as they are playing at home and have the best Test batsman in the world back amongst their ranks and a devastating pace bowling unit but also because of their splendid record in Day and Night Test cricket. Australia have played 7 of the 14 Day and Night Tests held thus far and won all 7, five of them by big margins. Moreover, all these matches were held at home in Australia and 4 of these wins were in Adelaide!
The key for Australia will be their Number 3 and 4 – if Steven Smith and Marnus Labuschagne score big Australia will fancy their chances. Labuschagne has been their highest scorer in Test cricket since his debut in 2018 and has aggregated 1459 runs in just 14 Tests at an average of 63.43 including 4 hundreds in this time-frame. Smith, widely regarded as amongst the greatest Test batsmen of all-time, has scored 1253 runs in 13 Tests at an average shade under 60 with 3 hundreds since 2018.
The home team, have unarguably, the best pace attack in the world who will be even more lethal with the Pink Ball. Mitchell Starc has a tally of 42 wickets in 7 Day and Night matches, Josh Hazlewood – 26 in six and Pat Cummins – 19 in four. Cummins is widely regarded as the best Test bowler in the world – he has picked 107 wickets in 21 matches at 20 apiece since 2018. Nathan Lyon is the leading wicket-taker amongst spinners in the last three years with 104 wickets in 23 Tests.
WHEN: 17th December, 9:30 am IST
WHERE: Adelaide, Australia
LIVE STREAMING: SonyLIV
India Team News
India announced their starting line-up on Wednesday itself, with Prithvi Shaw getting picked over Shubman Gill and Wriddhiman Saha getting the nod over Rishabh Pant.
Playing XI: Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Umesh Yadav
Australia Team News
Skipper Tim Paine has indicated there is a high chance that Matthew Wade will open with Joe Burns. Steven Smith will be fit after a back injury scare while all-rounder Cameron Green is expected to make it to the XI as well.
Possible Playing XI: Matthew Wade, Joe Burns, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Tim Paine(captain/wk), Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, and Josh Hazlewood
Recent Head-to-Head: (Last 5 matches)
India lead the Head to Head 3-1 in the last 5 matches
India Won by 137 Runs
Australia Won by 146 Runs
India Won by 31 Runs
India Won by 8 Wickets
To watch out for
Steven Smith has made 500 in 11 innings in Day and Night Tests and would be raring to go. He missed the series in 2018-19 and would be keen to turn Australia’s fortunes this time around.
“The pace of the red ball stays the same throughout the day. With the pink ball, the pace changes completely in those 40-50 minutes around twilight” – Ajinkya Rahane, India’s Vice-Captain.
“We obviously know what happened in the last series against India and how well they played. We have spoken about that and come up with few different plans. There is a great vibe in this Australian team and we are in far better place than we were two years ago” – Australian spinner Nathan Lyon.