Cheteshwar Pujara ton boosts India in Adelaide Test against Australia

Kohli falls as Australia strikes put India on ropes

Live Cricket Streaming of India vs Australia 2018-19 Series on SonyLIV: Check Live Cricket Score, Watch Free Telecast of IND vs AUS 1st Test Match, Day 2, on TV & Online. India's recent unfavorable run-ins with lower-order batting, however, would make them wary despite having a good day overall. This time will India be able to finally shed the poor travellers' tag and win the Test series in Australia Down Under in 70 years?

"We know most likely at some stage in this series we'll need him, so we're taking the opportunity at the moment to send him back to play a shield game and get more cricket under his belt, knowing at some stage we're probably going to need him".

Pat Cummins linked with Head for the biggest partnership of the innings thus far, seeing Head past 50 but not much further, as he was out LBW while shouldering arms Jasprit Bumrah's third delivery with the new ball.

That was Ashwin's first success through an unchanged spell of 22 overs across the two sessions.

Pujara fought his way to a gritty century even as Team India's familiar batting woes on foreign soil left them struggling at 250/9 at stumps on the opening day of the first Test.

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"As this series wears on and you get to places where the wicket is a bit flatter and conditions a bit warmer and bowlers a little more exhausted, he might have more of a role to play".

Australia's effort was held together by Travis Head who showed outstanding application and finished the day unbeaten on 61, while Mitchell Starc also remained unbeaten on eight.

Usman Khawaja (28) and Handscomb then added 28 runs for the fourth wicket. With that, also came India's rush towards the second new cherry which yielded immediate dividends.

Earlier, a disciplined bowling attack by Australia left India at 56/4 at lunch.

Australia needed a dogged innings from its leader, but Tim Paine could offer no more than 5 runs from 20 balls before he was out caught behind to a straight Sharma delivery to leave Australia six wickets down and still trailing by 123.

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After Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh fell to reckless shots, and debutant Marcus Harris to Ravichandran Ashwin's brilliant variations, there followed a painstaking afternoon station in which the operators of the iconic heritage-listed scoreboard would have been excused a siesta.

Ajinkya Rahane (13) was caught by Peter Handscomb off Josh Hazelwood.

"They got through the Ashes previous year I thought and bowled a hell of a lot of overs". Harris played on to his pads and was caught at silly point in the 22nd over, as the spinner got dividends for blocking all scoring opportunities.

Australian bowling coach David Saker confirmed it was a premeditated plan for Hazlewood, Cummins and Mitchell Starc to pitch it up and lure India's batsmen into false shots. Post tea, Pujara added 62 runs with R Ashwin (25) for the seventh wicket.

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