India out for 250 on 1st delivery Friday at Adelaide Oval

Virat Kohli looms large for India

Virender Sehwag's tweet at the end of Day 1 of India's first Test against Australia, was perhaps most appropriate.

At stumps, Australia were 191/7 in 88 overs with Ashwin being their primary tormentor, securing figures of 3/50 in 33 overs. Runs were hard to come by for Australia with quick Jasprit Bumrah bowling five consecutive maidens during the middle of the session.

Earlier, Ishant Sharma and Ashwin struck in the morning session to reduce the hosts to 57/2 at lunch after Australia took just one ball to wrap up the visitors' innings for the overnight score of 250. Post lunch, Rohit and Pujara started off well as they added 45 runs for the fifth wicket. Australian media, quoting police sources, said Arsalan Khawaja was being questioned about forgery and an attempt to pervert justice, but had never meant to commit a terrorism offense.

Australia were struggling at 127-6, when things turned their way thanks to the eighth-wicket partnership between Head and Cummins.

As if that was not enough, Kohli could not stop himself from driving at a ball that was angling away from him. However, the Indian pacers were unable to make further inroads into the Australian lower-order as Head and Starc batted out the remaining overs before stumps.

An unusually circumspect Australia were kept on the edge by a wonderfully disciplined Indian attack. "Gaining the respect of our country is as high a priority as is winning", the wicketkeeper-batsman said at the pre-match press conference. Sometimes when you are seeing it on TV, it doesn't look like it is doing a lot but when I batted in the first and second sessions, I felt it wasn't easy to bat on.

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When the game resumed on Day 2, tailender Mohammed Shami was out for six on the first delivery on Friday, caught behind by Tim Paine off Josh Hazlewood.

"I thought on this sort of wicket here in Adelaide, the extra bowling options would have been important for that variety in your attack", Warne said. The left-hander had been tied down and was content eating up deliveries. Meanwhile, Ravi Ashwin is continuing from one end. Handscomb is batting on 32 while Head is on 14. They trail by 59 runs.

He bowled 70 over in that Test and will again be saddled up to be both a strike and stock weapon and Paine said the heat would also be put on Australia's seamers.

Hazlewood finished with 3-52. It seemed that Rohit was intent on digging India out of this hole as he hit Nathan Lyon (2-83) for a six on the second ball of the 38th over.

Australia lost Aaron Finch in the very first over of their innings. Harris made 26 runs from 57 balls. One good day isn't going to win a series. Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh, the most experienced members of the new-look XI, will shoulder a lot of the burden. Marcus Harris nearly caught it, with the ball barely crossing over the ropes and the umpire took some time to call it a six.

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