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India vs Australia 1st Test, Day 1 Highlights: Kohli, Pujara, Rahane show strong fight under pink ball barrage

India vs Australia (IND vs AUS) 1st Test Highlights: India scored 233/6 in 89 overs on Day 1, with Virat Kohli, Cheteshawar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane all showing grit against Australia's attack.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: December 17, 2020 5:12:12 pm
ind v ausIndia vs Australia 1st Test: The opening match is being played in Adelaide.

India vs Australia (IND vs AUS) 1st Test Highlights: Australia put early pressure on India through its pace with the pink ball as the visitors struggled to 41/2 in the opening session of the first test at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday. Mitchel Starc (1-17) bowled a terrific opening over in the day-night test to set the early tone after India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat.

The left-arm fast bowler bowled Prithvi Shaw off the second ball through an in-swinger and Cheteshwar Pujara edged Starc in the same over which fell just short of diving Australian captain Tim Paine behind the wickets. Pujara and Kohli resumed India’s fightback after the break before Pujara was snared by Nathan Lyon, bringing out Ajinkya Rahane at 5. Kohli was run out on 74 after a bad call from Rahane and Rahane was lbw for 43 soon after, leading to a collapse in the final session. Ravi Ashwin and Wriddhiman Saha took the innings to the end of the day, with India to resume their batting on Day 2 from 233/6 in 89 overs.

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India vs Australia 1st Test Highlights:

17:08 (IST)17 Dec 2020

Some early wickets seemed to indicate Australia would continue their pink ball dominance (they have won seven out of seven D/N Tests they have played so far). Till Pujara (43) and Kohli (74) came together at the crease. Rahane joined Kohli after Pujara was snared by Lyon, but the Kohli run out in the third session led to two more quick wickets, before Ashwin and Saha took the Indian innings to the end of Day 1. 

17:03 (IST)17 Dec 2020
Saha, Ashwin hold fort

Ashwin is ensuring India do not go into the dressing room without a fight. He's raging against the dying of the light! Pulls Cummins to smash a four to the long leg fence. Hazlewood keeps probing outside the off stump. Saha leaves most of them. But finds the gap witha drive in the 89th over, which could end up being the last over of the day. 

IND 233/6 after 89

16:51 (IST)17 Dec 2020
Saha, Ashwin look to play through to end of day

Saha has played more than 10 balls but is yet to get off the mark. Ashwin has joined him and is looking to take the bull by its horns. Pulls with confidence. Undoubtedly, it's been Australia who have won the final hour though as we come to the final few overs in the day. India have scored 105 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in the 30 overs in this session so far. Cummins is back into the attack.

IND 215/6 after 86

16:40 (IST)17 Dec 2020
Vihari out

Wriddhiman Saha has come in to join Vihari. Vihari flashes a four to third man to get India up to 200 in the 82nd over. Lots of movement on offer for both Starc and Hazlewood with the new ball under lights. And there's another wicket for Australia! Hazlewood raps Vihari on the pads and the umpire raises his finger again. India are capitulating in the final session.

IND 207/6 after 83.3

16:26 (IST)17 Dec 2020
Rahane out, AUS take 2nd new ball

Ajinkya Rahane is out lbw. Gone for 42. Australia have taken the new ball as soon as it is available and it gets them the desired result. Both of India's well set batsmen are now back in the hut and some threatening overs loom at the back end of the day. Vihari ran over to Rahane to get him to Review, but it is of no avail. Rahane ran Kohli out, and follows Kohli into the pavilion soon after. Horrendous 30 minutes for Rahane. IND 196/5 after 81

16:20 (IST)17 Dec 2020
Pressure in last hour

Vihari has a nervy beginning. An edge does not carry to thr slips. Kohli's wicket has set up a nervy last passage of play for the visitors on Day 1. Cameron Green and Lyon operating from either end, possibly for a couple of overs before Australia unleash their pacers with the second new ball. 

IND 193/4 after 80

16:10 (IST)17 Dec 2020
Kohli run out

Kohli is run out! One too many times India went for the stolen single. Bad call from Rahane, who leaves his skipper stranded. Yes! No! And Kohli is gone. For 74. Rahane stares to the skies! What a moment! Hanuma Vihari joins Rahane.

IND 188/4 after 78

16:04 (IST)17 Dec 2020
Runs start flowing more easily

Runs start coming a bit more frequently for India. Rahane gets another lucky four via an edge against Cummins. Kohli drives Lyon through the covers. The spinner looks to be running out of ideas a bit. Rahane pulls Cummins in the next over - for six! 

IND 185/3 after 76

15:45 (IST)17 Dec 2020
Frustrations for Australia

Starc and Hazlewood keep probing, but the balls flies just wide off the bats at best. This partnership continues to frustrate the hosts. And so they go to Lyon, who gets pace and bounce in his first over, and Cummins. Who returns with a few no balls. 

IND 163/3 after 72

15:31 (IST)17 Dec 2020
50 partnership between Kohli, Rahane

Starc continues, and lots of events continue happening in his overs. Unlike Hazlewood, who is just frustrating with his consistent outside off stump length. Kohli hammers a wide ball from Starc for four. Then gets an inside edge that balloons off his pads and falls on the pitch. Hazlewood is pulled by Kohli for a four to deep square leg. Kohli moves into his 60s and India get across 150 in the 68th over. That's also a 50-run partnership between Kohli and Rahane.

IND 154/3 after 69

15:18 (IST)17 Dec 2020
Hazlewood gives nothing away

Hazlewood brought back on from the other end as well as Australia go to their strike pacers to ramp up the heat on India. Skipper and vice-skipper in the middle - this is the best of India vs the best of Australia! The sub-battle to decide the bigger battle. Hazlewood starts off with a maiden. Rahane hits a backfoot punch against Starc, which is cut off at the ropes by Lyon. Finally a run off Hazlewood, but Rahane is almost run out in the attempt to steal a run off him.

IND 141/3 after 66

15:03 (IST)17 Dec 2020
Kohli, Rahane build

Low-key celebrations from Kohli on reaching the 50 mark. Lots of work left in this match yet, he knows. Rahane gets a four to fine leg with a sweep against Lyon. Starc brought back into the attack for the first time in the session. 

IND 136/3 after 63

14:54 (IST)17 Dec 2020
Virat Kohli reaches his 50

With no rush in mind, Virat Kohli is steering Indian innings with so much patience as the skipper reached his 50 in 123 balls in the third session of the Day 1. Kohli has marked his presence in the Test with this much-needed knock after India were 32/2. 

India 125/3 in 60 overs.

14:22 (IST)17 Dec 2020
Tea Time on Day 1:

Tea been taken in the Pink Ball Test. Pujara's dismissal for 43 has given Australia control. Virat Kohli is nearing a fifty. Score after 55 overs, IND- 107/3

13:57 (IST)17 Dec 2020
Successful review by Australia!

WICKET! Pujara’s resistance comes to an end 43(160) !!! Terrific innings nevertheless!!! It was an inside edge which was given not out but Che gave it away as he started walking! Australia review and a clear edge. Score after 50 overs, IND- 100/3

13:51 (IST)17 Dec 2020
Two boundaries in two balls

Pujara momentarily mistakes this for the BBL

13:35 (IST)17 Dec 2020
Australia miss a chance!

Tim Paine’s tough run with the Decision Review System has continued with a white mark appearing to show on the glove of the Indian No.4. Despite some interest from Matthew Wade at short-leg, the Australians elected to not review the chance.

13:29 (IST)17 Dec 2020
Kohli's hit on his thumb

Kohli's hit on his thumb off a Starc's bouncer. He's in pain, bleeding and the physio has rushed out to help. He's carrying on after the treatment. Score after 43 overs, IND- 77/2 


13:26 (IST)17 Dec 2020
Pink ball on pitch:

As this CricViz graphic illustrates, the pink ball has not swung at all today. Conditions are not easy for batting, but the threat is more from movement off the pitch, than through the air.


13:25 (IST)17 Dec 2020

Most Test runs coming down the track against spinners (since 2006):

Michael Clarke - 1068 @ 56.21
Steve Smith - 803 @ 57.35
Cheteshwar Pujara - 778 @ 259.33
Kevin Pietersen - 672 @ 61.09

Australia Squad: Tim Paine (c & wk), Joe Burns, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Matthew Wade, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, James Pattinson, Michael Neser, Mitchell Swepson

India Squad: Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Shubman Gill, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Navdeep Saini, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja