Cheteshwar Pujara reaches 5000 test run, equals Rahul Dravid

07 December, 2018, 13:44 | Author: Amy Huff
  • Virat Kohli looms large for India

Australia's top order have crumbled with the bat yet again, relinquishing the ascendancy at Adelaide Oval with the hosts scrapping to 4-117 at tea on day two of the first Test against India. The opener tried to hit the big drive but got the inside edge back onto the stumps. Marcus Harris nearly caught it, with the ball barely crossing over the ropes and the umpire took some time to call it a six. Australia run-rate has been on slower side as they trail by 100 runs now. India bowled exceptionally well.

The decision to drop Marsh leaves Australia without a fifth bowling option and gives Indian coach Ravi Shastri an obvious first line in his final team address. The hosts will be looking to get close to India's total.

Talking about the team for the opening Test, Langer said Marcus Harris is likely to make his debut but a decision is yet to be made about whether Peter Handscomb or allrounder Mitchell Marsh will feature in the playing XI.

Run-scoring hasn't been easy but Australia have played in a circumspect manner as well.

Murali Vijay, whose test average in Australia is 60.25, and Ajinkya Rahane, averaging 57 here, are also expected to be big threats to the home side.

Warne further questioned Marsh's dropping, saying the Australian attack will now lack an important element without an all-rounder, as well as an extra bowling option in sweltering conditions.

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India will be hoping that Shami and Bumrah score some 20 more runs. At stumps, Mohammed Shami was on six. However, he pushed one forward against Ashwin and gloved it to keeper Rishabh Pant. Harris, Marsh and Khawaja were all deceived for length by Ashwin's flight and drift, getting trapped into a guessing game as to how much the ball would spin and bounce. Post tea, Pujara added 62 runs with R Ashwin (25) for the seventh wicket. Whereas in the UAE against Pakistan, he was able to find the boundary with enough regularity to ease close-in fielders away from him and rotate the strike often enough to escape the clutches of Yasir Shah in particular, here he was gradually worn down, eventually pushing his hands into the general vicinity of Ashwin;s offbreak and being caught behind.

Khawaja was forced to play at it and seemed to glove it to the keeper.

"I just had an interview with Ricky Ponting and we went through the names of Australian Test captains over the years so it is a little bit daunting to be in a bracket with some of those guys".

Head was batting well but it looked like the hosts were in a tough spot on a hard track. Two came off Cummins; the first a pull shot that sailed for six and the other a proper cover drive that cleared the ropes as well. Together they faced 59 balls and put on 22 runs in a bid to keep the scoreboard ticking. "I just ask you to please respect my privacy and my family's privacy during this time".

"And, hopefully, this time around, a full series", said Kohli, who recently became the fastest to reach 10,000 runs in ODIs, surpassing India legend and former captain Sachin Tendulkar.

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