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Thursday, 6 December 2018

Indian top order falls as Aussies put on show


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With the mercury climbing to a sweltering 38 degrees on day one of the Test summer, Australia's hopes could have so easily gone up in flames at the coin toss.

Instead it formed the backdrop to a scintillating first half hour from the fast bowling cartel, with Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins all getting in on the action as India's top order was put to the sword.

That set the tone for a day where the spoils went to the home side, with India going into damage control at 9 for 250 at stumps, off-spinner Nathan Lyon pitching in for two wickets in a well-rounded performance from Australia's all-star bowling attack.

In contrast it was a lone hand from Cheteshwar Pujara that saved India from a complete capitulation, with the classy 30-year-old compiling a stubborn 123 after forming a wall at one end when he came in at the fall of the first wicket.

While Pujara was stubborn, his top order teammates were profligate with superstar skipper Virat Kohli among the batsmen to give his wicket away with an expansive shot early in his innings.

After walking to the middle with the score at 15, a trademark stand was needed from Kohli but when Usman Khawaja took a screamer diving to his left, the captain had to go and the tourists were in deep strife.

India’s batsmen were their own worst enemy, repeatedly being sucked in to lash at wide balls with reckless stroke-play.

Hazlewood sent Lokesh Rahul packing for two after his expansive stroke flew directly to Aaron Finch in the gully. Murali Vijay fell victim to a similar delivery from Starc, with Aussie skipper Tim Paine at the ready.

Khawaja's stunner dismisses Kohli

But the highlight of the day was reserved for Khawaja whose catch to dismiss Kohli will be replayed all summer – the fielder getting horizontal to pluck Cummins' red-hot delivery out of the air and stick the boot in early.

After Kohli was removed it was left to India’s middle and lower order to take up a salvage mission, with Pujara getting solid support as he set about rebuilding the innings.

Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant and Ravi Ashwin combined for 100 as Pujara set his stall and led the tourists beyond the 200 mark.

MORE TO COME.

With the mercury climbing to a sweltering 38 degrees on day one of the Test summer, Australia's hopes could have so easily gone up in flames at the coin toss.

Instead it formed the backdrop to a scintillating first half hour from the fast bowling cartel, with Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins all getting in on the action as India's top order was put to the sword.

That set the tone for a day where the spoils went to the home side, with India going into damage control at 9 for 250 at stumps, off-spinner Nathan Lyon pitching in for two wickets in a well-rounded performance from Australia's all-star bowling attack.

In contrast it was a lone hand from Cheteshwar Pujara that saved India from a complete capitulation, with the classy 30-year-old compiling a stubborn 123 after forming a wall at one end when he came in at the fall of the first wicket.

While Pujara was stubborn, his top order teammates were profligate with superstar skipper Virat Kohli among the batsmen to give his wicket away with an expansive shot early in his innings.

After walking to the middle with the score at 15, a trademark stand was needed from Kohli but when Usman Khawaja took a screamer diving to his left, the captain had to go and the tourists were in deep strife.

India’s batsmen were their own worst enemy, repeatedly being sucked in to lash at wide balls with reckless stroke-play.

Hazlewood sent Lokesh Rahul packing for two after his expansive stroke flew directly to Aaron Finch in the gully. Murali Vijay fell victim to a similar delivery from Starc, with Aussie skipper Tim Paine at the ready.

Khawaja's stunner dismisses Kohli

But the highlight of the day was reserved for Khawaja whose catch to dismiss Kohli will be replayed all summer – the fielder getting horizontal to pluck Cummins' red-hot delivery out of the air and stick the boot in early.

After Kohli was removed it was left to India’s middle and lower order to take up a salvage mission, with Pujara getting solid support as he set about rebuilding the innings.

Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant and Ravi Ashwin combined for 100 as Pujara set his stall and led the tourists beyond the 200 mark.

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