Kohli dismissed with a stunning catch in first Australia v India Test

Ross Houston
December 7, 2018

India finished the day on a respectable 9-250 after it looked like they may have been skittled for a sub-par score.

Unbroken by dogged and often fierce pace bowling, Pujara was dismissed for 123 by a piece of brilliant fielding, with Pat Cummins swooping in to throw down the stumps. The Board of Control for Cricket in India refused Cricket Australia's request for the series opener to be played under lights.

India had resumed on 143 for six after tea with seamer Cummins having Ashwin edge to the slips for 25 and Mitchell Starc bowling Ishant Sharma for four.


Pujara said he would now turn to coaching India's bowlers on the best methods for extracting the most from the Adelaide pitch. The visitors received the first blow in the second over when Josh Hazlewood had KL Rahul caught at the third slip.

Veteran Murali Vijay, in the side after young gun Prithvi Shaw suffered ankle ligament damage in a warm-up game, didn't last much longer, caught behind by skipper Tim Paine off Starc for 11. Nevertheless, he played one shot too many and was dismissed by off-spinner Nathan Lyon, caught by Marcus Harris at the deep square leg region.

It was stunning one-handed take by Khawaja, whose preparations were upset by the shock arrest of his brother this week for allegedly framing a love-rival with a fake terror plot.


India captain Virat Kohli opted to bat first but their top order crumbled against Australia's attack, with numerous batsman guilty of poor shot selection.

Ajinkya Rahane also couldn't contribute and became Hazlewood's second victim for 13 runs.

Rohit Sharma, preferred in the final XI to all-rounder Hanuma Vihari, compiled a patient 31 before sweeping Lyon for six, narrowly missing being caught on the ropes. In the process he passed 5,000 Test runs for his 16th Test century, even as the wickets tumbled around him, including superstar captain Virat Kohli for three.


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