Will Pucovski was the star for Australia on the first day that was completely dominated by the hosts. Day one ended at the score of 166-2.
Will Pucovski did make debut for Australia so did Navdeep Saini for India and both the debutants made some highlights on day one of the third Test between Australia and India.
After the series which is currently levelled at 1-1 after the dramatic firsts and second Tests that panned out at Adelaide and Melbourne. All eyes now focused on the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
David Warner was battling hard against his injury as well as time as he is yet to fully recover from his groin injury, but he was indeed selected for the third Test as Australia dropped Joe Burns and Travis Head and brought David Warner and debutant Will Pucovski. Head was probably the unfortunate guy having done not too much wrong but had to make way for the new set of openers for Australia in the Border-Gavaskar trophy.
India also handed out the Test cap to Navdeep Saini who comes in for the injured (and now out) Umesh Yadav. The visitors also bring in Rohit Sharma for Mayank Agarwal who had to make way for the senior player.
Will Pucovski makes highlights on day one
After winning the toss, Australia opted to bat first. Will Pucovski, the debutant, came out to bat with not-fully-fit David Warner. Pucovski faced the first ball from Jasprit Bumrah who bowled a maiden first over. Warner hit the first runs for Australia on the first ball he faced. And then, the calm of nerves.
Warner looked aggressive and played with positive intent in his brief stay at the crease. With the intent of scoring quickly, he chased a wide ball from Mohammed Siraj but in fact was caught by Pujara at first slip. Australia one down at the score of 6.
Marnus Labuchagne, who is the leading run-scorer for the Australians coming into this match, came out to bat with the debutant. And then both the players put on a century-stand together.
There was a big rain delay after seven overs in the innings.
Pucovski was the center-stage for most part of the day. The debutant, according to Mike Hussey, looked very composed at the crease. He struck a well-poised 62 runs not before being dropped twice by Rishabh Pant, a half-century in his debut Test, always special.
There was a DEBUTANT VS DEBUTANT moment in the game when Navdeep Saini came out to bowl to Will Pucovski. And he was dispatched for his first two ball for boundary as Pucovski bring up his first half-century in the biggest stage.
Another debutant vs debutant moment when Saini trapped Pucovski in front of wickets and he is out for 62 runs in his first Test innings after laying 100-run stand with Labuchagne.
Australia dominated the day
Australia dominated the day one. After losing first wicket in the fourth over, the Australians fought back hard. After it was Pucovski and Labuchagne who scored 100 runs together and after that it was Labuchagne and Steve Smith together, who are still at the crease as Australia ended the day at 166-2.
The rain-affected day had bit of drama, excitement, and quality cricket in it. Steve Smith, who has not have the best of the times at the crease in the four innings so far, has finally returned to form and particularly played well against Ashwin, who got him twice in four innings. Smith is not out on the crease at 31 runs.
Marnus Labuchagne, who is the leading run-getter for Australia now, also was solid throughout the day. He remained not out at the end of the day at 67 runs with eight boundaries to his name.
Australia ended the day strongly at 166-2.