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Australia take charge as India batsmen crumble

07 December, 2018, 03:26 | Author: Candice Daniels
  • Cheteshwar Pujara reaches 5000 runs

It was doubly frustrating for Kohli, who had needed just eight to reach 1,000 Test runs for India in Australia.

But the Indians have never won a Test series in Australia and if pace bowlers Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins are firing the tourists could be in for another tough time.

On the final ball of the day, as he tried to sneak a quick single, Cummins' throw at the stumps sent him back to the pavilion after a gritty knock of 123 runs.

The 28-year-old pacer, however, said it is still early days in the Test match and they will need to work hard to achieve a win from here on.

In their first home Test since the ball-tampering scandal in March, Australia took four wickets before lunch with the batsmen guilty of playing at deliveries they would have been better off leaving alone.

In the sixth ball of the very second over, Rahul needlessly poked at a widely moving ball only to edge it straight to third slip and go for 2 runs.

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.

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Not just the run-out, but Usman Khawaja's catch to send back the risky Kohli for 3 was one of the highlights of the day for the Aussies.

"I felt that our top order should have batted better but we'll learn from the mistakes and put up a better showing in the second innings".

After an hour, they were 25-3 with Cheteshwar Pujara not out seven and Ajinkya Rahane unbeaten on two.

Vice-captain Rahane (13) was then enticed into a drive with Peter Handscomb taking the catch in the slips as India lost their fourth wicket before lunch.

When Lyon stuck to the same channels, Rohit went after him with another ugly slog sweep - a ball after the six - and top-edged down the throat of the fielder. Nevertheless, he played one shot too many and was dismissed by off-spinner Nathan Lyon, caught by Marcus Harris at the deep square leg region.

It was left to Pujara, in his 65th Test, to stay at the crease and keep chipping away, building a 41-run partnership with Rishabh Pant and then 62 with Ashwin before he was run out by Cummins.

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