Australia vs India: Adelaide Test Day One Overview
The first Test between India and Australia that began on Thursday at Adelaide saw one of the most slow-scoring games on an opening day in recent times. A late outbreak of wickets with the second new ball helped Australia finally recover their rhythm forcing India to end the opening day with 233 runs losing 6 wickets. The slow outfield as well as the difficult character of the pitch compelled Virat Kohli-led Indian batting to make the slow run rate of 2.61.
India won the toss and elected to bat in India Vs Australia: Adelaide Test Day One. But it was the Australian bowlers who began with their typical authority as Prithvi Shaw the 21-year old prodigious Mumbai batsman was bowled for a duck off an inside edge off the bowling of Michel Starc who finally bagged 2 wickets for 49 runs on an opening day. Mayank Agarwal was the other opening batsman who was bowled by Pat Cummins of a superb delivery that initially looked going outside but cut inside in the last moment and break-off the top of off-stump. Agarwal scored only 17 runs playing 40 balls. India lost two openers at only 32 runs. Cheteshwar Pujara came on the crease in the crisis and he offered the fight to the Australian bowlers with his solid defensive batting style. Pujara and captain Kohli rescued India from the predicament, combining 68 runs through a 189-ball partnership and it drained all energy and enthusiasm from the inspired Australian pacers who had broken India’s deadlock in the beginning.
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Starc, Josh Hazlewood, and Cummins-all the three pacers had struggled a lot to breakthrough. But they did not have the answer for Pujara and Kohli's patience and firm defense. Still, the pacers forced both Pujara and Kohli edge several times but those cannot be called chances. Only on one occasion Australian captain and wicket-keeper Tim Paine had missed a clear opportunity, failing to hold the edge of Kohli in his gloves.
Rather the only bowler who was able to offer uneasiness to these two batsmen was Nathan Lyon. Although this off-spinner has finished the opening day with 1 wicket for 68 runs, was able to create pressure on both the Indian batsmen throughout his 21 overs delivering accuracy in line and variation of flights.
India Vs Australia: Adelaide Test Day One must have surely watched Virat Kohli's brilliance on the crease on Thursday. Adelaide is going to be his last Test as he will be returning to India on paternity leave after the ongoing Test ends. Indian captain stayed on the crease for 245 minutes. He played 180 deliveries and struck a masterful and belligerent 74 before being disastrously run out for a misunderstanding made by his vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane. India was 188 for 4 in 77th over that time. The 88-tun partnership between Kohli and Rahane ended when Rahane sent a call for a run to Kohli that was never a run! Kohli hit only eight 4s in his 245 minutes’ innings and except for an edge that could not be held by Paine behind the stumps off Nathan Lyon, Kohli was truly flawless in his magnificent innings. No doubt that Adelaide saw a new Kohli consisted of the utmost level of determination and execution of supreme technique against the spin bowling.
With Kohli returning to the pavilion and the second new ball is taken at 80th over India Vs Australia: Adelaide Test Day One watched Australian pacers who looked struggling to survive regaining their touch. Rahane was trapped leg-before to Starc at 42. Being on the crease for 130 minutes and playing 92 deliveries the Mumbai batsman unleashed only 3 fours and a six in his 42. With the new ball swinging away, Hazlewood also broke through Hanuma Behari, trapping him leg-before. Behari was out at 16 only. It seemed that India would collapse fast from the crisis again but Wriddhiman Saha and Ravichandran Ashwin helped India to survive. Saha, the wicket-keeper is at stumps with 9 runs after having played 25 deliveries while Ashwin who was a regular batsman in the Ranji Trophy in his early days is at the stumps with 15 off 17 balls. India, after 89 overs is 233 for 6 at stumps after day one. Australian bowlers must be desperate to stop the visitors as early as possible on Friday.
India Vs Australia: Adelaide Test Day Two
The Australian bowlers just took 25 deliveries to enfold India's overnight score of 233 for 6 wickets on the second day of the Adelaide Test on Friday morning. Indian innings ended in 244, adding only 11 runs to lose its remaining four wickets. Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins played the lead role in wrapping up Indian tail-enders on Friday morning.
Cummins struck with the third ball of the day, sending Ravichandran Ashwin away with an edge for 15 runs while Starc took Wriddhiman Saha's outside edge in the following over. Saha also like Ashwin failed to add a single run as he was out for 9. Starc then picked up the wicket of Umesh Yadav who scored only 7 and Cummings finished the Indian innings by dismissing Mohammad Shami for a duck. Mitchell Starc has claimed 4 wickets for 53 runs from his 21 overs and he has equaled Australian legend Richie Benaud claiming 248 wickets. Pat Cummins, the other successful bowler 3 wickets from 21.1 over.
Australia in reply is 14 for no loss yet with Joe Burns batting at 5 and Mathew Wade, not out 5. Burns who was struggling a lot in recent times with the bat, has a chance to revive his form as he has scored his 5 runs in 31 deliveries. Wade also looks careful as he has scored 8 runs off 50 balls!