Australia vs India. The Border-Gavaskar trophy. And it started.
The Test series between the hosts Australia and India started at the Adelaide Oval with the pink ball day-night test. And it was just as we had expected. Bit of drama, bit of excitement, wickets, runs, good bowling, good batting, mini battles. Boy, we had plenty of everything on the opening day of the first Test match.
How it all started?
It was the matter of winning the toss, never mind the team would definitely go on to bat first. So did India. After a pretty decisive Prithvi Shaw vs Shubman Gill debate in the build-up of the series, Shaw finally was selected in the playing XI. But he had a brief stay at the crease. Australia had the perfect of the starts as Mitchell Starc ripped through the gates of Shaw after plundering a huge bat-and-pad gap for which he has started facing some criticism from plenty of cricketers. It now seems that Prithvi Shaw’s second innings episode will decide his further role in the remaining of the series.
After the early dismissal, the man of the series in the last visit, Cheteshwar Pujara was once again had to uplift India from early trouble. Good opening bowling from Starc and Josh Hazlewood had left the batsmen on their defensive mode as Pujara survived a couple of edges that didn’t carry. It was the first ball of the 19th over, a bit of magic from Pat Cummins. A ripper, a beauty that nipped back and passed through the gates of Mayank Agarwal to hit the timbers. India two down.
Kohli, Pujara, and Rahane rescued
Out came the captain, who will leave the Indian side after this match, Virat Kohli. Kohli, who would have been out on 16 had Australia reviewed a half-hearted appeal when he gloved off Nathan Lyon on 16. He went on to score his 23rd half-century in Tests.
The pair went on to add crucial 68 runs and it was Lyon who became the partnership-breaker. Pujara vs Lyon battle had gone for many overs and finally Lyon got his man, but he had to review the decision where hot spot confirmed that Pujara is on his way back to the pavilion.
Ajinkya Rahane, who will captain India in the remainder of the series when Kohli will leave the Indian team, came to the crease with still plenty of things to be needed.
Kohli and Rahane added 88 runs for the fourth wicket and things were started to be in control for India before the havoc happened. Rahane to be blamed. Pushed a full, flighted ball to mid-off and took a couple of steps, Kohli responded and then wait. Kohli is left stranded in the middle of the pitch with nowhere to go but to the pavilion. A quick apology from Rahane and Kohli was denied of another vs Australia in Australia century. A new batsman at the crease with new ball looming.
Australia ended the day with wickets
Three overs later, Rahane was himself found himself on the courtesy of the umpire who raised his finger to end his innings. Starc trapped him in the first over of the second new ball.
Wriddhiman Saha, who is preferred over Rishabh Pant to keep wickets, came to the crease with the final overs of the day one. Before the day would finish, Australia had the one last laugh when Josh Hazlewood trapped Hanuma Vihari LBW. And India are six down at the score of 206.
After a good throw down of overs from Australian bowlers, Saha and Ashwin managed to survive the day without any further loss and will continue tomorrow with India hoping to get pass 300. The day ended with the score of 233-6.