Pujara has been the lone warrior for the Virat Kohli & company on Day 1 as he battled every Australian bowler who came up to take his wicket. The batsman played the inning of his life and scored a brilliant century. His innings took the Indian team past the 200-run mark. Pujara also became the only Indian batsman to bat almost all the three sessions of the first day.
Meanwhile, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin came like a ‘guardian angel’ for Pujara as he took all lot of pressure off of Cheteshwar. He played some really great shots to build a strong seventh wicket partnership.
Spinner Nathan Lyon gave a lot of problems to both the batsmen and had some really calls. But at the end, both the Indian batters were able to pass through the ‘Lyon Storm’.
The Aussies badly needed a wicket to conquer the Day One and Pat Cummins gave them that much-needed breakthrough.
A length ball to Ashwin and Cummins got it to bounce a bit extra. The bounce unsettled him and found the splice, straight to second slip where Peter Handscomb took a sharp catch. A gutsy inning from Ashwin came to an end after scoring 25 for his team.
Mitchell Starc picked up his second wicket by bowling a ripper to Ishant Sharma. It was full, pacy, and swinging back in at the stumps. The ball disturbed Ishant’s timber.
The day ended with Pujara getting run-out on the last ball of Day One. He played a brilliant knock of 123, hitting seven boundaries and two towering sixes during his inning.
Earlier, the opening pair of KL Rahul and Murali Vijay failed to give a good start to India and lost their wickets in the first 10 overs of the day. Rahul’s poor form in the red-ball cricket continued as pacer Josh Hazlewood sent him back into the dressing room with a beautiful out-swinging delivery.
Murali Vijay, who came to this match after hitting an amazing century in the practice game, failed to score big this time as he was caught at the score of 11.
Even Kohli failed to give a valuable contribution to his team and perished after scoring just 3 runs. Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane perished cheaply too and India lost 4 wickets under 60 runs.
The comeback man, Rohit Sharma, tried to build a strong inning for himself and played some really good shots but failed to convert his start into a big inning. He scored 37 runs before getting caught to Nathan Lyon.
Off-spinner Nathan Lyon, seamer Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, and Mitchell Starc managed to pick up 2 wickets each As a whole, the day belonged to Australian bowlers as they were successful in piercing through the Indian batting line-up without putting any special efforts.
At the end of Day One, India has put 250 runs on the scoreboard for the loss of 9 wickets.
About the Author
Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar