Cheteshwar Pujara spares India blushes on day one of first Test against Australia

  • India win toss and make 250-9 (87.5 overs)
  • Pujara hits 16th Test century as teammates fail with bat

Australia silenced Virat Kolhi and every member of India’s star-studded top order bar Cheteshwar Pujara, who fought back fastidiously with an impressive century on day one of the first Test at Adelaide Oval. Thursday’s play finished with Pujara being run out for 123 by a superb direct hit from Pat Cummins, who had one stump to aim at after toiling for 19 overs as temperatures hit 38C.

India will resume at 250-9, having crashed to to 19-3 then 127-6 before Pujara rallied with help from the tail. Tim Paine, who lost the toss, will lament the way his side failed to keep their foot on the tourists’ throat. But after eight months of soul-searching and scathing criticism, there was lot for disillusioned fans and Paine to like as his side finally started their first home Test since the Cape Town cheating scandal and first match on free-to-air TV this season.

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Source: theguardian
Cheteshwar Pujara spares India blushes on day one of first Test against Australia