India battles back to survive day one after top order goes cheaply

Sick of ball-tampering talk Australia captain Tim Paine More

The only Indian to bat with any surety and patience on the grassy surface, Pujara's 16th Test century reinforced his status as one of the world's most understated batsmen and a solid presence in a frenetic top order.

Then Pat Cummins ignored the weariness generated by bowling 19 overs in an Adelaide Oval cauldron that reached 40C to hit the stumps from side-on and run out centurion Cheteshwar Pujara from what became the last delivery of the day.

India's "crisis man" put his head down for the next six hours and absorbed the pressure even as wickets kept tumbling at the other end.

This is the first of the four-match Test series between India and Australia.

Opener KL Rahul, who has been struggling for runs, flopped again, caught by Aaron Finch at third slip off Hazlewood for two.

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The French striker was joined in the replies by teammates Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The otherwise impressive Rojo gave possession away under pressure and Lacazette broke through the middle.

Five of India's top six were out to loose shots, including captain Kohli, who fell for three to a stunning one-handed catch in the gully by a leaping Usman Khawaja. Starc angled a full-length delivery across his body, drawing Vijay into the drive and all he managed was a tickle into Tim Paine's gloves.

"When you shuffle from leg stump to leg stump, you know the placement of the stump, but when a tall batsman like him shuffles towards off stump off his backfoot then the front foot will go a lot outside the off stump and then you play the shot outside the off stump you are liable to get out at slip".

Not just the run-out, but Usman Khawaja's catch to send back the unsafe Kohli for 3 was one of the highlights of the day for the Aussies. Pujara - strokeless and patient - and Rohit Sharma - preferred over Hanuma Vihari by the team management - saw India through to lunch at 56 for 4.

Australia was into the Indian tail but the tiring quicks and Lyon could not seal the deal.

Australia lost two wickets in the morning session Friday in reply to India's 250, leaving the first Test evenly poised with the experienced Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh at the crease. Pujara was himself run out while trying to steal a single, but not before he had made sure the bowlers had something to bowl at.

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