One of my top five innings, says centurion Pujara

Kohli falls as Australia strikes put India on ropes

The off-spinner fist steadied India with the bat putting on a half century run stand with Cheteshwar Pujara on day 1 and then came into his own with the ball on the second day. He got his last 30 runs in no time and it was only because of Cummins' sensational run out on the brink of Day 1 Pujara had to walk back to the dressing room without a star mark on the top-right of his score.

Teammate Cheteshwar Pujara had predicted Ashwin would be a different bowler to the previously struggling version on Australian soil.

Indian off-spinner Ravi Ashwin bowled beautifully to take three wickets and pile pressure on Australia in the opening Test at Adelaide on Friday, with all of the hosts' top batsmen failing to fire.

Ashwin was the pick of India bowlers claiming three wickets as India reduced Aussies to 191/7 at the end of the play on Day 2.

In reply, Australia got off to a horror start with Finch's credentials as an opener again called into question after he was spectacularly bowled without scoring on only the third ball he faced.

In between the 20th and the 70th over, a period that demanded restriction of runs, the Indian bowling unit bowled 16 maidens, an indication of how well they applied the clamps on the Australia batting by persisting with the tactics of boring the batsmen out.




Rishabh Pant could be heard on the stump mic telling Usman Khawaja "not everyone can be Pujara". Tim Paine edges it to the wicketkeeper. Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins are all confident they won't require a rest but that decision will be shaped by how many overs they are forced to bowl. Cummins (2-49) finally got the breakthrough in the 74th over when Ashwin edged to second slip. Marcus Harris had been trying to hit him off his rhythm: two mis-hits and one clean one had brought him eight runs.

Equally, Handscomb was able to show his proficiency against spin, handling Ashwin with rather more certainty than the bevy of left-handers in the Australian top six.

That Australia did not run away was down to some excellent bowling from Ashwin, perhaps the best he has bowled outside of Asia. Jasprit Bumrah was slightly off colour, but Mohammed Shami provided the ideal back up with an initial burst of 4-3-1-0.

With the world's number one Test nation awaiting them in Adelaide in the first of four Tests from Thursday, Paine said it was time to start looking forward. Harris - with more than a passing resemblance to David Warner - kept stepping out, not always timing his shots. Then he unfurled a pretty drive along the carpet through the covers for another boundary.

He has now been dismissed for single figures in 42% of his Test innings. The day-night Test in Adelaide had seemingly become a fixture on the annual calendar but India refused to adopt the innovation. "Hopefully, it goes for five days here (in Adelaide) and the cricket community are inspired to attend in bigger numbers than what we suspect", Roberts said. Handscomb is batting on 32 while Head is on 14. A sports journalist since 2005, he has served as Sports Editor of the Times of India Digital and Editor of Cricbuzz, Cricketnext and IBN Sports, apart from almost five years working for ESPNCricinfo. You can also follow our live blog for ball-by-ball updates and analysis on cricketnext.com.

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