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Ind Vs Aus 1st Test: Cheteshwar Pujara Fights Lone Battle With His 123 Runs Innings, Takes India To 250

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| December 6 , 2018 , 14:21 IST

Team India on Thursday after winning the toss managed to score 250/9 in 87.5 overs at the end of Day 1 in the 1st test against the hosts Australia, in Adelaide Oval.      

Virat Kohli & Co. struggled against the quality Aussie bowling line-up led by Josh Hazlewood. India's modern wall and No.3 batsman Cheteshwar Pujara led batting from the front and fought a lone battle when other batsmen failed to contribute.

Pujara brought up his 16th test century during his inning of 123-runs off 246 balls which took India to a respectable total.

Virat Kohli after electing to bat first at one stage were struggling at a score of 86/5 in 37 overs of play. For Australia, all the four bowlers including Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, and Pat Cummins took 2-wickets each. Marcus Harris made his Test debut for Australia.

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India have never won a Test series on Australian soil, However they have entered the series as the No.1 Test team in the world.

Australia sprang a surprise by axing all-rounder Mitch Marsh on Wednesday for the first Test against India, as Usman Khawaja's return was confirmed despite the shock of his brother's arrest.

Batsmen Travis Head and Peter Handscomb were preferred to Marsh, piling more pressure on the bowlers.

Captain Tim Paine said Marsh's omission was due to a lack of consistency and he would benefit from returning to Sheffield Shield cricket to find form again.

Handscomb edged him out after two half-centuries last week and a century for Victoria the week before that.

India's playing XI: Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane , Rishabh Pant, Ravi Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah.

Australia's playing XI: Marcus Harris, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Travis Head, Peter Handscomb, Tim Paine (capt), Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc.