So the much-anticipated series down-under begun today and what followed was a terrible display of batting from the top order on day1 on Wednesday. The number one test side continued to exhibit their batting woes in the overseas conditions; however, no one would have expected them to just give away their wicket so easily to Australian bowlers in Adelaide.
India suffered a big blow ahead of the first test with Prithvi Shaw getting injured and with KL Rahul, not in the best of form, there were obviously some worries in the dressing room before the match.
Unfortunately, Rahul continued his poor run in the first innings as well, who didn’t intend to stay too long at the crease, getting caught in the slips off Hazlewood for just two. Comeback man Vijay also didn’t show much temperament, playing out a full delivery, only to edge the ball to hand a simple catch to the keeper for 11.
Australia’s left-handed batsman Usman Khawaja, arguably, took the best catch of the summer to get rid of Indian skipper for just 3 runs followed by Rahane who, perhaps, played the worst shot of his life, edging a full and wide delivery to the second slip for 13 as India were reduced to 42 for 4 in the space of 21 overs.
Rohit and Pujara started the recovery act, who together stitched a well-made 45-run partnership for the fifth wicket before Rohit skying Lyon’s delivery to deep square leg only to get caught by Marcus Harris for 37.
Knowing the fact that India were tottering at 85 for 5, Rishabh Pant played in his own manner, smashing every ball that comes his way. The left-handed wicket keeper’s innings didn’t last too long as he got perished off Lyon for 25.
While wickets kept falling from the one end, India’s dependable batsman Cheteshwar Pujara stood at one end and took the responsibility on his shoulders to take India to a respectable total.
It was one splendid inning from Pujara on Day1 who notched up a brilliant century to take India to 250-mark which looked almost impossible at one stage. Pujara put on healthy partnerships with the tails and accelerated just at the right time to bring up his first century in the series.