Pujara keeps India afloat on day of brilliant Aussie fielding

Pujara keeps India afloat on day of brilliant Aussie fielding

Earlier in the day, Kohli opted to bat in ideal conditions but the top-order once again failed to apply themselves against the potent pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Cummins.

But in an incredible show of athleticism, made all the more impressive given he had bowled 19 overs (2/49) in the searing Adelaide heat on Thursday, Australia's Cummins managed to dive, quickly scoop up the ball and throw down the stumps at the non-striker's end, with only one to aim at.

A spectacular catch by Usman Khawaja to dismiss Indian hero Virat Kohli was the highlight of the day for the Australians, while first drop Cheteshwar Pujara proved his mettle for the tourists, scoring a dogged century. On a day when Australia's four pacers operated as a unit, Pujara's calm application on an Adelaide wicket offering extra bounce was a sight to behold.

So it is stumps here at Day 1 as India score 250 runs for the loss of eight.

Pujara faced 141 balls for a dogged 46 not out with his latest partner Ravi Ashwin unbeaten on five on a day characterised by poor shot selection.

"We got the wickets the way we thought we might get the wickets", Saker told the Seven Network.

That is, until he attempted a quick single on Cummins' arm.

Veteran Murali Vijay, in the side after young gun Prithvi Shaw suffered ankle ligament damage, didn't last much longer, caught behind by skipper Tim Paine off Starc for 11. It's time to sit back and observe as Australia seeks to rebuild its reputation in a four Test series against world cricket's powerhouse nation.

Ajinkya Rahane also couldn't contribute and became Hazlewood's second victim for 13 runs.

Rohit Sharma, preferred in the final XI to all-rounder Hanuma Vihari, compiled a patient 31 before sweeping Lyon for six, narrowly missing being caught on the ropes.

It was left to Pujara, in his 65th Test, to stay at the crease and keep chipping away, building a 41-run partnership with Rishabh Pant and then 62 with Ashwin before he was run out by Cummins.

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