India vs Australia, 1st Test Highlights: Kohli, Rahane fightback but Australia takes Day 1 honours

Australia vs India, 1st Test Day 1 Highlights: Virat Kohli hit a half-century as Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane made vital contributions as India at Stumps on Day one was 233/6.

Updated : Dec 19, 2020 08:36 IST

Virat Kohli was run out for 74.
Virat Kohli was run out for 74.

Virat Kohli was run out for 74.

Stumps: India 233/6 (89 overs)

India vs Australia Day 2 Live Score

India 207/6 after 84 overs: India in huge trouble as it loses Hanuma Vihari as Josh Hazlewood beats the defence of the batsman and it was plumb the moment it hit Vihari's pads. 

India 196/5 after 81 overs: Trapped! Rahane falls and India in deep trouble as Starc traps Rahane plumb! Viharu runs and asks to take a review but in vain as the India vice-captain falls.

India 188/4 after 77 overs: Poor call from Rahane and thas resulted in the run-out of Virat Kohli, who falls for a hard-working 180-ball 74. There was absolutely no chance for that single but Rahane called for a single after pushing Lyon to the mid-off for atight single but backed out and Hazlewood with a sharp throw and Lyon whips off the bails to leave the India skipper derserted.

India 171/3 after 74 overs: Cummins induces an edge and Rahane survives as the ball falls just short of the second slip fielder and then gets an edge again but this time the ball runs away through the gully for a boundary.

India 158/3 after 71 overs: Rahane and Kohli are motoring on nicely with an unbeaten 58-run partnership and this is so vital from India's point of view. Nathan Lyon is purchasing some beautiful turn out there and with a leg slip would be interesting.

India 152/3 after 68 Overs : Kohli has moved into the 60s with a pull through mid-wicket off Starc. A rare loose ball and Kohli pounces on it. and Starc continue to keep the lid on India's scoring. That said, with Kohli and Rahane in the middle, there's been a slight urgency in the running between the wickets.

India 140/3 after 65 Overs : Mitch Starc returned into the attack with two slips and a gully for Kohli. Good running between the wickets with these two out in the middle. Kohli is able to push for the odd tight single with Ajinkya at the other end, convert the ones into twos when the opportunity is there. Meanwhile, Lyon's been taken off with Hazlewood operating in the twilight...

India 133/3 after 62 Overs : Virat Kohli reached his fifty with a single off Pat Cummins. Not the usual flamboyance and fair from Kohli but a well-crafted innings. A really fighting knock against a probing bowling attack. Both Rahane and Kohli will be wary of the twilight setting in.

India 119/3 after 59 overs: Lyon and Cummins after the break - on the money, giving nothing away to the two Indian batsmen. Cummins is bowling with two slips, a gully and short leg for both batsmen. Kohli is set and will be eyeing a big score. Rahane has looked solid in defence and earned his first boundary with a crisp cover drive off Lyon. Kohli inched closer to 50 with a punch through covers for four off the same bowler.

India 108/3 after 56 overs: Welcome back. Nathan Lyon starts proceedings after the break. Kohli on strike. Leg slip and Short leg in place for Kohli. A slip and silly point added for Rahane, who is still fairly new to the crease. Just a single off that over.


Attritional session of Test cricket. India fought back through an obdurate stand between Kohli and Pujara; the two successfully kept out the good balls and looked to score of the loose deliveries (there weren't too many!). Just when Pujara was looking to switch momentum, he fell to Nathan Lyon. Rahane has joined Kohli . India 107/3 after 55 Overs.

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India 103/3 after 53 overs: Green and Lyon bowling in tandem, some rest for the Australian quicks. The mix of steep bounce, disciplined bowling and slow pitch has means scoring opportunities have been few and far between for India. Kohli and Rahane would want to see India through to tea without further damage.

India 100/3 after 50 overs: Nathan Lyon has created the breathrough as Pujara falls for a patient 160-ball 43. Labuschagne takes a good catch at short leg and this is the wicket Australia wanted. Ajinkya Rahane joins skipper Kohli.

Nathan Lyon got rid of Cheteshwar Pujara.

India 83/2 after 46 overs: There is some momentum as Kohli and Pujara are trying to bore the Australian attack by playing dot balls. Remember, the skipper won't be there for the rest of the series.

India 77/2 after 43 overs: Kohli and Pujara are now in control as the partnership is now worth 47 off 156 deliveries and this has been a fine recovery from India.

India 71/2 after 39 overs: Pujara has played 127 deliveries for his 28 but that shows the might and determination the batsman possesses. Top-notch focus and concentration and he is not going to let India slip. Skipper Kohli doing his bit with an unbeaten 67 balls 21. But, Australia despite not picking wickets are making sure, India isn't running away as far as the run-rate is concerned.

Australia 67/2 after 36 overs: Kohli skips down the track and attacks Lyon to fetch a boundary as India gains some momentum. However, Starc continues with his testing lines and probes the outside channel of both Pujara and Kohli.

India 60/2 after 33 overs: Spin is being introduced as Nathan Lyon is into the attack and now Kohli and Pujara sense an opportunity to break away and get some runs.

Australia 51/2 after 30 overs: The fifty is up for India and both Pujara and Kohli are grinding it out in the middle.

Australia 41/1 after 26 overs: Hazlewood begins with a maiden over and Pujara solid as a rock leaves with immaculate judgement of line and length. 

The first session comes to an end - Australia take the honours, thanks to a disciplined bowling effort from their quicks. India opener Prithvi Shaw was out first over before Agarwal and Pujara steadied the visitors with a resilient stand. But Cummins ended Agarwal's stay with a peach. Kohli and Pujara have ensured there were no more hiccups en route to the first break. India 41/2 after 25 Overs.


IND 39/2 after 24 Overs: First look at Chris Green. The tall all-rounder starts with a no-ball but gives a good account of himself - his height earning him that extra bounce from the wicket. This has been a disciplined effort from the Aussies - there really isn't much in the pitch for the bowlers but they haven't bowled too many loose balls this session. Meanwhile, Kohli has left well so far, refraining from poking at balls outside off.

IND 34/2 after 21 Overs: WICKET! Cummins has broken through, castles Agarwal. Big wicket. Kohli joins Pujara. That was a gem of a ball from Cummins - nipped in from just outside off; Mayank was a touch late in getting forward and all the hard work came undone. Interesting tactics from Paine - sticking with his three frontline pacers instead of turning to Lyon and Green. The move has paid off with India losing both openers before tea break. Australia maintaining the pressure on the visitor. Pujara doing what he does best - biding time in the middle. Gripping cricket.

IND 32/1 after 18 Overs: It has been a fine effort from Pujara and Agarwal. Hasn't exactly been smooth sailing, there have been a few close brushes along the way: especially Pujara, who could've been out on three separate occassions. But Pujara has dropped the anchor by the looks of it. At the other end, there was a boundary for Mayank, who had a slash at a full delivery from Starc and got four over cover. Cummins, in the meantime, has bowled two back-to-back maidens.

Mayank Agarwal in action on day one.

IND 25/1 after 15 Overs: Australia continue to persist with three slips, a gullly, leg gully and short leg for Pujara. Shane Warne, on air, wants Lyon to be introduced into the attack  sooner than later. There has been no swing for the fast bowlers, but Mitchell Starc has been brought back into the attack. He continues to impress with his testing lines but Indian batsmen are happy to shoulder arms against him.


IND 22/1 after 12 Overs: Agarwal getting the first boundary of the innings courtesy a trademark drive through covers; Hazlewood offering a friendly half-volley and paying the price. Change in bowling - Cummins replaces Starc. The plan against Pujara seems to be bowling at the stumps with the odd ball outside off. Oh, Nathan Lyon was seen warming up as well. The bounce in this wicket will keep him interested. But for the time being, Hazlewood has been given an extended first spell. He has been brilliant so far - 6-2-14-0.

IND 16/1 after 9 Overs: The move to have a short leg for Mayank nearly worked in the eighth over. But the fielder was slightly deep, allowing the batsman some breathing pace. It was half a chance for Travis Head, who couldn't get down quickly enough. Starc has been on the money so far, no freebies. Paine, meanwhile, has a short leg for Pujara as well, and a leg gully; Pujara nearly holed out to that man at leg gully - so Aussies have done their homework.

Cheteshwar Pujara is yet to hit the ground running in Adelaide.

IND 7/1 after 6 Overs: Hazlewood continues to test both batsmen on the off-stump line. Agarwal showed positive intent against Hazlewood, driving the fast bowler through covers for 3. Pujara, at the other end, has been slightly tentative so far. That said, still early days in this Test. Watch out for the leg-gully line vs Pujara; he was out to that strategy in the practice game. In the meanwhile, Australians continue to bowl the odd short ball to Mayank with the short leg waiting in anticipation of a catch.

IND 2/1 after 3 Overs: Probing start by Australia. Hazlewood and Starc are asking questions of Pujara and Agarwal. Both batters aren't sure if the ball is going to swing back in - attacking fields by Paine. Short leg in place for Agarwal, three slips waiting for that dreaded edge. Very important 45 minutes for India.

IND 1/1 after 1 Over: GONE ! Starc strikes with his second delivery of the match - Prithvi Shaw goes without scoring. It was a good length ball, angling away from off; Shaw went for the drive and the inside edge crashed into the stumps. Pujara joins Agarwal. Nearly... Starc could've had another one; Pujara gets a nervy push at this and the ball just dies in front of the first slip. He is off the mark, is Pujara.  What an over that. One run and a wicket.


Out come the Australian fielders, led by skipper Tim Paine. Shaw walks out with Agarwal. Mitch Starc will take the new ball. Three slips. Shaw takes strike.

It's windy and slightly overcast in Adelaide. Will be a tricky one hour for Indian openers, especially Shaw who is playing his first Test in Australia. Could be a make or break innings for the Mumbai youngster.

TOSS UPDATE : Virat Kohli has won the toss and India will bat first.

Well, here's a quick stat for the Indian fans: Virat Kohli has won 26 tosses as captain, and India have lost none of those games.

Australia (Playing XI): Joe Burns, Matthew Wade, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Tim Paine (w/c), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

India (Playing XI): Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah


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