Kohli falls as Australia strikes put India on ropes

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With the turnout in the opening Test not quite up to their expectation, Cricket Australia have urged India to reconsider their opposition to day-night Tests and play under lights in Adelaide in their next tour Down Under.

Cheteshwar Pujara scored a gritty 123 in punishing conditions to claw India back into the opening Test in Adelaide Thursday after Australia seized early control with some blistering bowling.

Pujara faced 243 deliveries in a century of split personality.

India were 250 for 9 at stumps.

Cheteshwar Pujara was unbeaten on 42, while Ashwin was 8 not out. The hosts will be looking to get close to India's total.

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Pujara, in trademark fashion, played a cautious but fighting knock facing 246 balls at a trike rate of 50. However, before the dust had settled, Kohli too fell to Cummins in a similar fashion for 3. Khawaja timed his dive to perfection and pulled off a one-handed screamer to leave everyone in disbelief.

The question was always going to be whether Australia could scrape together a winning score in the absence of suspended stars Steve Smith and David Warner, on whom they have relied so much in recent years.

After getting to his ton, Pujara cut loose and looked to survive till the end of the day. Two came off Cummins; the first a pull shot that sailed for six and the other a proper cover drive that cleared the ropes as well. He then followed it up with another celebration in front of the Australian captain Tim Paine. It was his 16th hundred in the format and first Down Under. Lyon, however, snared revenge in the very next delivery as Rohit threw away his start by playing an outrageous shot.

In 38th over, Sharma hoisted the ball towards square leg reason where Marcus Harris tried his best to catch the ball right at the ropes. But Rohit was dismissed for 37 and Pant, for 25. The two focused more on strike rotation and kept the scoreboard ticking. "But when I batted the first and second session, I felt that it was not easy to bat on". The duo then added 41 runs for the sixth wicket as India crossed 100 in the 41st over, including five sixes surprisingly. With that, also came India's rush towards the second new cherry which yielded immediate dividends.

Pujara anchored vital partnerships with young wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant and spinner Ravichandran Ashwin before completing his century with a flick off his pads after scoring his 5,000th run in tests.

Australia's bowling attack did the job on day one, it's now up to the batsmen to do their part.

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