Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

1st Test: India 250/9 at stumps against Australia

1st Test: India 250/9 at stumps against Australia

"Just keep them in the field as long as possible and it will pay dividends in this Test and beyond, " is the mantra India must adopt. The Australia-India live streaming will take place on sonyliv.com.

Australia undoubtedly have the upper hand despite many considering India the favourites.

Australia missed a golden chance to hammer home their ascendancy despite hometown hero Travis Head's best efforts at Adelaide Oval, where his side reached 7-191 at stumps on day two of the first Test against India. He scored two fours and a six in the space of a few deliveries, before Pujara asked him to calm down.

The hosts' star-studded pace attack exceeded expectations by restricting India to 250, completing the innings when Josh Hazlewood struck with Friday's first ball.

After Ajinkya Rahane fell to another poor stroke, Rohit Sharma, along with Pujara, strung a decent partnership.

KL Rahul (2) couldn't have asked for a better surface for his game style and with his stocks waning with every match, this was his opportunity to spend some time in the middle and get back to form.

KL Rahul's (2) poor run in global cricket continued as he edged an away-swinger from Josh Hazlewood to Aaron Finch at second slip.

Starc hoped to be more consistent with the ball in the coming days. On a couple of occasions, he drove the ball to get the score moving but ultimately this led to his dismissal. That should have been a note of caution for the batsman, but he didn't heed it and skied the very next ball for Harris to take an easy catch in the deep. Khawaja timed his dive to perfection and pulled off a one-handed screamer to leave everyone in disbelief.

He has now been dismissed for single figures in 42% of his Test innings.

The runs came at a trickle for both left-handers, but they remained disciplined to steady the innings with some resoluteness and added 45 for the second wicket.

After getting to his ton, Pujara cut loose and looked to survive till the end of the day.

Perhaps that is what Aaron Finch thought when he thought unfurling an expansive cover drive off his third delivery would be a good decision. It was his 16th hundred in the format and first Down Under. This was after a horrendous shot selection by Rohit Sharma (37) left India in the lurch at 86 for five in the 38th over. The two focused more on strike rotation and kept the scoreboard ticking.

There were 55,000 for day one of the Ashes opener in Adelaide last year, 32,255 on the corresponding day against South Africa a year earlier and 47,441 for the first year against New Zealand, the CA stated. Ashwin will also come into play. So I will obviously score runs there.

"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".

Pujara was the last man to be dismissed on the second last ball with Pat Cummins' coming up with a direct throw.

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