Cheteshwar Pujara stands tall amidst shoddy Indian batting — Twitter Reactions

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"I can't rate if it was one of the best but the teammates were appreciating, they were saying it was one of the best", he said at the end of day's play here with India at 250/9 thanks largely to his effort. Australia now trail by 81 runs.

With the help of Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara's 123 runs off 245 balls, India managed to post 250/9 in 87.5 overs on the opening day of first Test of the much-awaited four-match series here at Adelaide Oval on Thursday.

"They've just gifted Australia four cheap wickets". It resulted in him reaching his 50 from 103 balls. The opener tried to hit the big drive but got the inside edge back onto the stumps. They didn't get the batsmen driving enough and that might be a missed trick.

Paine predicted that Australia's three premium quicks and champion off-spinner Nathan Lyon would be able to carry the attack at Adelaide against an Indian batting line-up that is one of the strongest to visit Aust-ralia. Ashwin got his third soon after with Usman Khawaja's wicket.

There was considerable pressure on Kohli during his first tour to Australia in the 2011-12 season as his Test career didn't get off to a flourishing start. So India's bowlers will have to be prepared to do the hard grind in tough conditions.

Australia now trail by 177 runs.

For Australia, Hazlewood finished with 3-52. It was the Pujara show all day in the face of some disciplined Australian bowling.

"Hopefully we will bat well in the second innings".

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Australia's 50 came up in the 27th over thereafter. Meanwhile, Ravi Ashwin is continuing from one end.

Ashwin first struck before lunch. But Pujara stood tall amid the ruins to save India from embarrassment on way to his 16th Test ton. Replays showed the spinning delivery caught the thumb of Khawaja's bottom glove. But the umpire was unmoved.

"Just little changes and little cues I used to have that I probably went away from or unknowingly went away from". The duo then added 41 runs for the sixth wicket as India crossed 100 in the 41st over, including five sixes surprisingly.

"Ishant Sharma was always going to be a challenge for Finch because most teams see his problem area as the ball coming back into him on a reasonably full length and that's right up Sharma's alley", he said". However, the Indian pacers were unable to make further inroads into the Australian lower-order as Head and Starc batted out the remaining overs before stumps.

Kohli, who is now leading the Indian team Down Under, has insisted he is a changed man now while conceding he didn't know where to draw the line on his first trip to Australia. Together they faced 59 balls and put on 22 runs in a bid to keep the scoreboard ticking.

India's bowlers didn't do anything particularly wrong.

India's attack has been superb this year but they have struggled to finish the innings and they will hope to do that this time round. Debate over workload management is likely to pop up at some point this series, especially with a three-day turnaround between the first and second Tests.

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