AUS vs IND Day 1: A horror mix-up by Ajinkya Rahane cost ran out his captain, Virat Kohli. A sparking a mini collapse and moment to gift Australia a great advantage over India. India really have an intense Day 1 of the day-night Test in Adelaide.
A horror mix-up by Ajinkya Rahane cost ran out his captain, Virat Kohli. A sparking a mini collapse and moment to gift Australia a great advantage over India. India really have an intense Day 1 of the day-night Test in Adelaide on Thursday. Kohli came to bat at 32/2, and Kohli eye’s for a 28th Test century after knuckling right down to steady the ship.
Unfortunately, within the final session of the day, Rahane pushed at a Nathan Lyon delivery and made to run, resulted in run-out dangerous looking Virat Kohli. Kohli had to left pitch after at 74, when he was standing in middle of pitch when bails come out.
It spoiled a fighting recovery from India who lost Prithvi Shaw to Mitchell Starc within the first over of the day and later Pat Cummins snared Mayank Agarwal. Rahane also fell for 42 soon after making a horror run-out. Later, Hanuma Vihari lose his wicket at 16, leaving the visitors on 233 for 6 at the close and Australia responsible of the primary Test either side has played since early within the year thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.
Wriddhiman Saha wasn’t out nine and Ravichandran Ashwin unbeaten on 15. Starc was the pick of the Australian bowlers with 2/49, with Josh Hazlewood, Cummins and Lyon all getting one each.
A dogged Cheteshwar Pujara (43 from 160 balls) and Kohli had led the fightback. Kohli, in his only Test before heading home for the birth of his first child, was fortunate to survive on five, nudging a brief ball off bat-pad from Cummins’ bowling, with Matthew Wade just failing to urge his hands underneath the ball.
He also benefited from what seemed to be an error by Tim Paine opting to not review a catch behind, which replays showed may have come off his glove. Undeterred, Kohli mentioned a stubborn 23rd Test half-century with one off Cummins ahead of a coronavirus-limited crowd.
Twilight is meant to be the toughest time to bat during a day-night Test with the ball zipping around quite normal, but Kohli looked untroubled until Rahane’s meltdown. – Spectacular start –
Lyon earlier got an enormous breakthrough by removing Pujara, whose 123 and 71 found out India for a 31-run win in Adelaide in 2018 on the way to a maiden series victory in Australia. But a review was taken and replays showing he edged the ball onto his pad, popping it up to Marnus Labuschagne at leg gully. It snapped what was shaping as a dangerous 68-run partnership with Kohli after India lost two wickets during a difficult first session, once they were pinned down by Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins.
Australia turn great start into clash with their usual three quicks, but also debutant all-rounder Cameron Green who sent down a couple of tidy overs, and that they got off to a spectacular start. Opener Shaw was clean-bowled for a duck by left-armer Starc, the world’s most potent pink-ball bowler, on only the second delivery, chopping onto his stumps as he looked to drive.
It had been a poor shot and can give Indian selectors plenty to ponder after preferring him to fellow 21-year-old Shubman Gill, who has been in good touch. Starc almost trapped a tentative Pujara two balls later, catching a foothold that fell just in need of first slip. it had been slow going as Pujara and Agarwal scored just 21 within the first 10 overs before Cummins broke the second-wicket partnership with a gorgeous delivery that clattered into Agarwal’s middle stump, removing him for 17.