Pujara departs for 123 as India end with 250/8

Pujara departs for 123 as India end with 250/8

India, the number one Test team in the world, will be begin the charge for winning their maiden Test series in Australia when the two teams face off in the first Test of the four-match series at the Adelaide Oval starting on Thursday. "I can't rate if it was one of the best but the teammates were appreciating, they were saying it was one of the best", he said at the end of day's play here with India at 250/9 thanks largely to his effort.

Cummins provided the breakthrough of Ashwin just before the new ball.

It was nonetheless a positive finish for Virat Kohli's side who had slumped to 86 for five after lunch, falling to a combination of terrible shot-making and fierce Australian pace after winning the toss.

They had lost 41 for four in the morning to Australia's fired-up seamers, with Khawaja taking a brilliant one-handed catch to remove Kohli after both the openers fell cheaply. "They are pretty poor shots, really, from top-order worldwide players", Ricky Ponting said in commentary for the Seven Network. 'It was a good little momentum-goer too, because we got a couple of early ones, and we got a few more so it was nice'.

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The 30-year-old compiled a patient 123 in hot and hard conditions at Adelaide Oval to help India stay in the opening Test against Australia with 250-9 at stumps.

Rohit Sharma's post-lunch dismissal to Nathan Lyon on 37 was the low point of India's ill-disciplined innings, while Lyon also ended an entertaining cameo from Rishabh Pant.

Tail-ender Mohammed Shami survived to stumps on six, with Jasprit Bumrah the last batsman to resume on day two.

After an hour, they were 25-3 with Cheteshwar Pujara not out seven and Ajinkya Rahane unbeaten on two. He also credited skipper Tim Paine for attacking the Indian batsmen right through the day.

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