India vs Australia: India win toss, elect to bat against Australia

India vs Australia: India win toss, elect to bat against Australia

India vs Australia: India win toss, elect to bat against Australia

Australia's bowlers have once again led from the front, taking ninewickets on the opening day of the first Test against India, but they will be disappointed they could not finish the job.

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

Aussie pacers made flawless use of the new ball to get rid of KL Rahul, Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli inside the first 11 overs with Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins striking once each.

"I think if you asked us at the start of the day if we'd take losing the toss and India being 9 for 250 at stumps I think we'd bite your arm off", he added.

Kohli's wicket was the icing on the cake for Australia, with Khawaja diving to his left in the gully to take a sensational one-handed catch, sending the Indian captain on his way for just three. But his innings gave India something to defend and ensured the first innings didn't end on the first day, after electing to bat first.

Pujara was the last man to be dismissed on the second last ball with Pat Cummins' coming up with a direct throw.


Pujara faced 141 balls for a dogged 46 not out with his latest partner Ravi Ashwin unbeaten on five on a day characterised by poor shot selection. On a day when Australia's four pacers operated as a unit, Pujara's calm application on an Adelaide wicket offering extra bounce was a sight to behold.

"I thought we bowled really well for four hours, probably pretty well for another hour and probably got it a bit wrong at the end there", Starc told reporters.

Veteran Murali Vijay, in the side after young gun Prithvi Shaw suffered ankle ligament damage in a warm-up game, didn´t last much longer, caught behind by skipper Tim Paine of Starc for 11.

Earlier, seamer Josh Hazlewood grabbed two wickets in the morning session, removing Ajinkya Rahane (13) and the out-of-form Lokesh Rahul (two). India included Rohit Sharma at number six instead of Hanuma Vihari.

India's past Test record in Australia is quite abysmal.

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