1st Test: Pujara's ton helps India reach 250/9 vs Australia

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He is batting on 39.

While he praised the Indian bowlers for their discipline and ability to swing the old ball, Chappell lamented Australia's lack of aggression.

Ishant Sharma started well for India, getting Aaron Finch to drag a big inswinger onto the stumps. India in control now. That's 50th Test wicket for Ishant vs Australia. T Paine c Pant b Ishant 5 (20). But Ashwin managed to win that battle eventually, beating Harris with some drift, to have him caught bat-pad at silly point for 26. Ends up edging it to the wicketkeeper.

Pakistan had to toil hard on day four of the third Test against New Zealand and picked up just two wickets in the entire day as the visitors strengthened their grip.

"It's nice to do a good job for the team", said Head. Questions were asked about his attitude and the young batsman, who was part of a struggling visiting team under MS Dhoni, felt the pressure when he reasoned with the media after a disastrous Indian innings in Perth.

OUT! Ashwin strikes again. U Khawaja c Pant b Ashwin 28 (125).

Run-scoring hasn't been easy but Australia have played in a circumspect manner as well. Usman Khawaja has spent considerable time in the middle.

"Let's hope so. We will take it one step at a time".

Shaun Marsh is now suffering from a serious lack of form in worldwide cricket and broke an unwanted record when he was once again dismissed cheaply against India at Adelaide on Friday.

Cheteshwar Pujara walked in after the top order threw their wickets away to poor strokes. He said it took him two sessions to figure out what shots he can play on such a surface, adding that is the reason the other batters around him should have applied themselves better.

Pujara feels 250 is a decent first innings total, considering the conditions.

That was the last play on a day of scorching heat, leaving tail-ender Mohammed Shami on six, with Jasprit Bumrah the final batsman to resume on day two.

India's Virat Kohli, left, celebrates with his teammate after the dismissal of Australia's Peter Handscomb during the first cricket test between Australia and India in Adelaide, Australia, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018.

"I think he's bowling with more overspin this time around, and that's what you need at the Adelaide Oval", he said.

Despite India's all-round bowling performance, Chappell was left most impressed by the performance of Ravichandran Ashwin. However, they will be slightly disappointed to have let India off the hook after once having them on the back-foot on 86 for five. Next ball though, on 37, Rohit suffered a'Brain Fade' moment as he miscued a lofted shot to be caught by Harris at deep backward square leg.

Opting to bat, India looked down and out at one stage with Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon all amongst wickets, and that's when Pujara raised his hand to push India to 250 for 9 before the stumps were drawn on the first day.

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