India vs Australia,Test 1, Day 1: Cheteshwar Pujara Hits First Century In Australia

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Cheteshwar Pujara scored his first hundred in Australia with a superb knock, leading India’s scorecard after the dismissals of leading batsmen in the first Test of the four-match series against Australia at Adelaide on Thursday. Cheteshwar Pujara reached the triple figure in Test cricket for the 16th time, his third against Australia. He was the ninth man out, for 123 off 246 deliveries, showing excellent calm under pressure. Pujara led India’s fight against an aggressive home team after India opted to bat at the Adelaide Oval.

With a superb knock, Chi also reached 5,000 Test runs in his 108th inning. Parenthetically, India’s most famous Test batsman Rahul Dravid had also reached the same milestones in equal innings.

Just before stumps, Pujara was run out by Pat Cummins and India settled the Day 1 on 250/9 with Mohammed Shami (6*) on the crease.

For Australia, pacers Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins took two wickets each, while spinner Nathan Lyon chipped in with the scalps of Rohit Sharma (37) and Rishabh Pant (25).

India faded in the beginning as openers KL Rahul (2) and Murali Vijay (11) lost their wickets inexpensively inside the first seven overs.

Captain Virat Kohli joined them back in the pavilion after just three runs off 16 deliveries.

Ajinkya Rahane also unsuccessful to put up a remarkable show as Hazlewood dismissed him for 13.

Rohit Sharma, who made his way to the Indian Test team after 11 months, put up tall for a while, smashing two boundaries and three sixes to contribute with 37 runs.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, who failed sadly in England but covered it up with remarkable knocks against the Windies at home, made 25 runs this time off 38 balls in the pace-friendly wicket in Adelaide.

All-rounder Ravichndran Ashwin also contribute 25 runs. 

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