Adelaide (Australia) (AFP)
Ajinkya Rahane missed captain Virat Kohli after horror confusion, causing a mini collapse to give Australia an advantage over India after an intense opening day of the first day and night test at Adelaide Oval Thursday.
Master Drummer Kohli looked on course for a 28th century of testing after struggling to stabilize the ship when he came to 32 for two.
But in the last session of the day, Rahane pushed for a delivery from Nathan Lyon and started running, only to bail out, leaving Kohli stranded in midfield after his 74-year fight.
This spoiled a resumption of bout by India which lost Prithvi Shaw to a spirited Mitchell Starc on the first move of the day and struggling when Pat Cummins trapped Mayank Agarwal.
To make matters worse, Rahane fell for 42 soon after, then Hanuma Vihari went for 16, leaving the visitors on 233 for six at the close and Australia in charge of the first test each side played from the start. of the year due to the coronavirus. pandemic.
Wriddhiman Saha was not released nine and Ravi Ashwin undefeated on the 15th.
Starc was the choice of the Australian bowlers with 2-49, Josh Hazlewood, Cummins and Lyon all getting one apiece.
“We are very happy with our situation, but we still have a lot of work to do,” said Lyon.
“Obviously he (Kohli) was hitting extremely well, so pretty happy with that one. Obviously, a wicket like this, or a breakup in particular Virat Kohli, was huge. ”
A tenacious Cheteshwar Pujara (43 out of 160 balls) and Kohli led the response.
Kohli, in his only test before returning home for the birth of his first child, was fortunate enough to survive five, pushing a short ball on the bat mat at Cummins’ bowling alley, Matthew Wade simply failing to put your hands under the ball.
He also took advantage of what appeared to be a Tim Paine mistake by choosing not to see a catch behind again, which showed that the replays may have come off his glove.
Undeterred, Kohli spoke of a stubborn 23rd half-century test with a single Cummins in front of a crowd limited to coronaviruses.
Twilight is supposed to be the toughest time to strike in a day-night test with the ball spinning more than usual, but Kohli looked quiet until Rahane collapsed.
“We were in a very good position,” Pujara said.
“But I think we only have six points, Ash can beat, Saha can beat, even our lower order will try to contribute as many points as possible. ”
“So we still have a very good chance of getting closer to the 275, 300 and you never know that we can get 350 as well,” he added.
– Spectacular departure –
Earlier, Lyon made a big breakthrough by knocking out Pujara, whose 123 and 71 took India to a 31-point victory at Adelaide in 2018, en route to a first series victory in Australia.
But it took a review, with reruns showing he slipped the ball onto his cushion, passing it to Marnus Labuschagne at the Leg Ravine.
He broke what was shaping up to be a dangerous 68-innings partnership with Kohli after India lost two wickets in a tough opening session, when they were pinned down by Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins.
Australia entered the clash with their usual three rapids, but also with versatile rookie Cameron Green sending in a handful of rows, and they got off to a spectacular start.
Opener Shaw was cleaned for a duck by left shipowner Starc, the world’s most powerful pink bowler, in only the second delivery, cutting through his stumps as he looked to drive.
It was a poor shot and will give the Indian selectors something to think about after choosing it over compatriot Shubman Gill, 21, who has been in good contact.
Starc nearly trapped a provisional Pujara two balls later, grabbing an advantage that fell just before the first slip.
It was slow as Pujara and Agarwal scored just 21 in the first 10 overs before Cummins broke the second-wicket partnership with a nice delivery that slammed into Agarwal’s center stump, pulling him out for 17.
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