India vs Australia Highlights, 1st Test, Day 1(AP)
India vs Australia Highlights, 1st Test, Day 1(AP)

India vs Australia,1st Test, Day 1 Highlights: India 233/6 at stumps after Kohli’s fifty

India vs Australia Highlights, 1st Test, Day 1: Australia reduced India to 233/6 at stumps of Day 1 of the day-night Test in Adelaide today. Wriddhiman Saha and Ravichandran Ashwin were batting on 9 and 15 respectively at stumps. Skipper Virat Kohli top-scored with 74 before getting run out. He featured in two fifty-plus runs partnerships – an 88-run stand with Ajinkya Rahane (42) for the fourth wicket and a 68-run stand with Cheteshwar Paujara (43). From a comfortable 188 for 3, India slumped to 206 for 6 as Rahane and Hanuma Vihari (16) found the pace and swing generated by the pink ball under lights too hot to handle. The visitors had an early blow as Starc castled opener Prithvi Shaw in the second ball of the match. The Indian opener was dismissed for a 2-ball duck. Mayank Agarwal looked confident during his stay at the crease, but Pat Cummins cleaned him up with a peach of a delivery. Earlier, India had won the toss and opted to bat first against Australia in the first Test of the 4-match series in Adelaide.Follow the Highlights of India vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 1 here:

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 05:24 PM IST
17:02 hrs IST

End of first day’s play

India posted 233 for 6 at the end of first day’s play against Australia in the first Test at the Adelaide Oval. Wriddhiman Saha (9*) and Ravichandran Ashwin (15*) were at the crease at stumps.

16:57 hrs IST

Cummins to Ashwin - FOUR!

A boundary from Ravi Ashwin against a surprise bouncer from Pat Cummins. It was an uncontrolled shot but good on timing. A pull shot through the long leg to get the boundary. IND - 229/6 after 88 overs.

16:47 hrs IST

India lost 3 wickets for 18 runs

India have lost 3 wickets for 18 runs. Hanuma Vihari goes after scoring 16 runs. He has been dismissed LBW for the 1st time in his career.

16:42 hrs IST

Stats Alert

Rahane gone after scoring 42 runs. It was the 16th instances where Rahane has been LBW in Tests in 110 innings. Also, the 3rd time he has been dismissed by Mitchell Starc in the longest format.

*In this year in 5 Test innings, three times he has been dismissed by a Left-arm pacer

29 – Wellington by Trent Boult,21 Feb 2020

9 - Christchurch by Neil Wagner, 29 Feb 2020

42- Adelaide by M Starc , Today

16:36 hrs IST

Hazlewood to Vihari - OUT!

OUT! Another blow to India in a short span of time. A good length ball, sliding straight on and Vihari gets beaten. It hits his back leg in front of off and an easy decision for the umpire to make. IND - 206/6 after 83.2 overs

16:27 hrs IST

Hazlewood to Hanuma Vihari - FOUR

FOUR! Vihari smashes the boundary, a much-needed one. Full outswinger, Vihari looked to flick but got the leading edge that rushes towards the boundary through point.

16:25 hrs IST

Starc to Rahane - OUT!

OUT! Starc strikes again and gets rid of Ajinkya Rahane. Fuller delivery, swinging in and hits him on the back leg. Plumb in front. The Aussies appeal and umpire raises his finger. Rahane walks off but Vihari stops him and urges to take the review. No good news there as well, three reds and Rahane has to go. IND - 196/5 in 80.4 overs.

16:19 hrs IST

Stats Alert

Virat Kohli completes 500 runs at Adelaide. He is the 4th visiting batsman to score 500 runs at this venue in Tests.

16:07 hrs IST

Virat Kohli run out

That was so unfortunate. Rahane plays the shot to the left of mid-off and starts to run after making the call. After taking a few steps, he sends Kohli back. But it was too late as the Indian skipper was halfway down the pitch. A simple opportunity for the Aussies and a brilliantly controlled knock comes to a weird end. Kohli departs for 74, IND - 188/4 after 77 overs.

16:00 hrs IST

Cummins to Rahane - SIX

SIX! First maximum of the day. Cummins bowls a boucer and Rahane plays an uncontrolled pull. The ball took a thick top-edge and clears the fine leg boundary for a maximum.

15:53 hrs IST

Cummins to Rahane - FOUR

FOUR! Edged through the gap between the second slip and gully for a boundary. Rahane plays it smartly - remains at the crease and pokes the ball with an open face of the bat.

15:43 hrs IST

Fifty partnership between Rahane and Kohli

Skipper Virat Kohli and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane have stitched a 100-run stand for the fourth wicket. It’s the 6 fifty plus stands in 8 instances against Australia in the longest format. This is also the 15th fifty runs stand between these two in Tests.

15:35 hrs IST

Stats Alert!:

Indian captain Virat Kohli, playing his 2nd D/N Test, has scored two fifty plus scores in 2 innings:

136 vs BAN, 2019

53 vs AUS, Today

15:25 hrs IST

150-up for India

Kohli plays the pull shot over the head of square-leg umpire for a boundary. India go past the 150-runs mark, and the Indian skipper moves to 66. IND - 152/3 after 68 overs.

15:21 hrs IST

Starc to Kohli - FOUR

A short and wide delivery and Kohli sends it for a boundary. A beautiful pull shot played by the Indian skipper. He moves to 61. IND - 148/3 after 67 overs

15:15 hrs IST

Most fifty plus scores by a visiting captain in Australia

Clive Lloyd (WI): 7

Virat Kohli (IND): 4

Archie MacLaren (ENG): 4

15:10 hrs IST

Rahane survives a direct throw

Kohli flicks a Hazlewood delivery and runs for a quick single. Travis Head gets the ball at mid-wicket and throws at the batting end. A desperate dive from Rahane helps him beat the direct hit.

15:05 hrs IST

Stats Alert

Virat Kohli notched up the 23rd Test fifty. His 1st Test fifty in 2020 and also the 1st Test fifty at Adelaide in 7 innings.

14:57 hrs IST

Lyon to Rahane - FOUR

FOUR! Rahane attempts the sweep but gets a top edge. It went over the fielder at backward square for a boundary.

14:52 hrs IST

Half-century for Virat Kohli

14:42 hrs IST

Lyon to Kohli - FOUR

Virat Kohli goes after Nathan Lyon and smashes a boundary. His first in the final session. Another fuller from the Aussie spinner and Kohli drives it through covers for a boundary.

14:38 hrs IST

Lyon to Rahane - FOUR

FOUR! First boundary for the Indian vice-captain. Fuller, outside off and Rahane drove it through the covers for four runs.

14:30 hrs IST

3rd Session begins: Kohli, Rahane out to bat

Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane are out to bat. The duo will carry forward the innings from 107/3. Nathan Lyon comes into the attack.

14:20 hrs IST

Pujara’s innings today vs AUS

14:15 hrs IST

Stats Alert

* Lyon gets his bunny; 10th time he has dismissed Pujara in Tests - most dismissals by a bowler to dismiss Pujara in Tests.

* Pujara has played 5 innings at Adelaide, 4 times he has been dismissed by Lyon and was run out once in 2018.

14:10 hrs IST

Tea Break, IND - 107/3

India finish the second session with 107 for 3 on the board. Cheteshwar Pujara lost his wicket to Nathan Lyon after scoring a 160-ball 43. At the time of the break, captain Virat Kohli was batting on 39 off 111 balls and was accompanied with his deputy - Ajinkya Rahane (2* off 20).

13:56 hrs IST

Lyon to Pujara - OUT!

Wicket! Nathan Lyon strikes to break the 68-run stand between Kohli and Pujara. Pujara tried to defend, gets a thick edge that hits the thigh pad and flies to short leg. Labuschagne takes the catch. Pujara seemed to start walking back but he stopped. Aussies were confident and the review was obvious. IND - 100/3 after 49.4 overs.

13:43 hrs IST

Lyon to Pujara - FOUR, FOUR

Pujara hits a boundary after facing 147 deliveries in this innings. He goes on to flick the next delivery past mid-wicket to smash another four. Those shots has forced the Aussie skipper to come-up with a better strategy to tackle India’s Test specialist.

13:36 hrs IST

50-run partnership between Kohli & Pujara

Indian skipper Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara stitched a 50-run stand for the third wicket against the Aussie attack. The duo took charge after India lost both the openers in the first session. They are heading forward strong as India score 83 for 2 in 46 overs.

13:28 hrs IST

Starc to Kohli - FOUR

FOUR! Another boundary from Kohli. Starc bowled a bouncer and Kohli pulls it through the gap to the right of mid-wicket for a boundary.

13:25 hrs IST

Kohli gets hit on his thumb

A shortish delivery from Mitchell Starc and the extra bounce hits Kohli’s glove and pops up high. The ball landed in no man’s land but Kohli flings right hand in pain. Checks it out and finds it bleeding.The physio comes out to check on Indian captain.

13:18 hrs IST

Michael Vaughan praises Pujara’s innings

 

13:06 hrs IST

Three maidens in a row

The Aussies bowled three maiden overs in a row. Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon didn’t give a single chance to Kohli and Pujara of scoring runs. India - 71/2 after 40 overs.

12:56 hrs IST

Starc to Kohli - FOUR

FOUR! Another boundary off Kohli’s blade. Good length delivery from Starc and the Indian skipper whipped it off through mid-wicket for a boundary.

12:45 hrs IST

Lyon to Kohli - FOUR!

FOUR! First boundary since the 10th over, first for captain Kohli and third overall. The Indian skipper walks down the line and slaps it over the bowler’s head for four runs. Indian attack is getting paced up, all credits to Kohli and his partner, Cheteshwar Pujara.

12:37 hrs IST

Nathan Lyon into the attack

Australia now introduces the spin attack. Nathan Lyon comes into the attack and Cheteshwar Pujara welcomes him with a cut shot behind point. Two runs taken off the first ball.

12:33 hrs IST

50-up for India

Kohli picks up three runs at the end of the 30th over to take India beyond 50-run mark. The Indian batters are now slowly changing the gears against the Aussie attack and welcoming every opportunity of scoring runs. IND - 51/2 after 30 overs.

12:26 hrs IST

Pujara faces 100 balls

Cheteshwar Pujara has once again exhibited his character against the Aussies. He has been standing strong and completes 100 balls in this game. He is batting on 19* off 101 balls.

12:20 hrs IST

Back-to-back maiden overs

The Australians bowl back-to-back maidens to begin the second session. Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins completed their respective overs without leaking away any runs. IND - 41/2 after 27 overs.

12:10 hrs IST

2nd session begins: Kohli, Pujara out to bat

Indian captain Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara are out to bat again. They will take the Indian innings forward from 41/2. Josh Hazlewood into the attack.

11:55 hrs IST

Ricky Ponting predicted Shaw’s dismissal

“If he does have a chink in his armour it’s the ball which does come back into him,” Ponting said after Shaw defended Starc’s first ball, which was pitched on a good length and went on with the angle.

“He’s very comfortable playing the ball away from his body. He does get his head in line with the ball but he doesn’t commit his front foot to the line of the ball and quite often leaves a big gap between bat and pad and that’s where the Aussies will target,” Ponting said even as Starc started his run-up for the second ball.

11:44 hrs IST

Sachin Tendulkar’s advice to Virat Kohli

“Here in a pink-ball Test, your first session could well be the one where you cash in where you take a little more chances and play more aggressively. Maybe in Australia, the sun goes down later than what it did in Kolkata. In Kolkata, I felt from 4:30 to 6:30 was a critical time where the batsmen had to respect not just the bowler but also the surface and build those partnerships. And once the ball gets wet, you can start playing a little more shots,” reckoned Tendulkar.

11:30 hrs IST

End of 1st Session, India - 41/2

Cameron Green bowled the last over of the first session and gave away just 2 runs. India finished with 41 for 2 before the break. Pujara was batting on 17* off 88 balls. Kohli remained unbeaten on 5 off 22 deliveries.

11:23 hrs IST

A brilliant over from Josh Hazlewood

Josh Hazlewood is yet to take a wicket but has been bowling some really good overs. He conceded just one run in the 9th over of his spell. He has bowled 9th over so far and gave away 16 runs, including 3 maidens.

11:19 hrs IST

Cameron Green into the attack

Cameron Green comes to bowl on his debut and begins with an over-stepped no-ball. The all-rounder did a commendable job in the practice game against the Indians. He made his way into the playing XI after recovering from concussion.

11:13 hrs IST

Virat Kohli off the mark

Cummins to Kohli - length delivery and the Indian skipper plays his behind square. Runs a double and opens his account in this game.

11:09 hrs IST

Stats Alert

Pat Cummins gets Agarwal for the 3rd time in 3 Tests. Twice Agarwal has been bowled in Test,both by Cummins

* 42 at Melbourne, 2018

* 17 at Adelaide, 2020

11:04 hrs IST

Virat Kohli out to bat

Here comes the Indian captain Virat Kohli and is welcomed with a huge round of applause. Let’s have a look at his records against Pat Cummins

202 balls

66 runs

Four dismissals

11:00 hrs IST

WICKET! Cummins castles Mayank Agarwal

BOWLED! Another blow to India, Mayank Agarwal departs for 17. Perfect length from Pat Cummins, foils Agarwals’s defence and dismantles the middle wicket. IND - 32/2 after 18.1 overs

10:53 hrs IST

Pat Cummins bowls another maiden

Cummins have now bowled 3 maidens out of his 4 overs and conceded just one run so far. His figures read 4-3-1-0. An excellent batting show from the Aussie vice-captain. IND - 31/1 after 17 overs.

10:47 hrs IST

Starc to Agarwal - FOUR

FOUR! 2nd boundary for India and for Mayank Agarwal - first since the ninth over. Fuller, outside off. Agarwal finds the gap and slices over cover for the second boundary of the day.

10:44 hrs IST

3 Maidens in a row for Australia

Pat Cumins bowls another maiden over to make it three in a row for Australia. No runs on the board for India since the 12th over. IND - 25/1 after 15 overs.

10:39 hrs IST

Starc comes in for his second spell

Mitchell Starc is back again to bowl hi second spell. He replaced Josh Hazlewood and began with a maiden over. Mayank - 10*(32), Pujara - 14 (51), IND - 25/1 after 14.

10:37 hrs IST

Cummins bowls a maiden over

Pat Cummins delivers a maiden over. Great show from the Aussie pacer as he clocked an average speed of 141 kph throughout the over. 13 overs gone, India - 25/1

10:32 hrs IST

Cummins back into the attack

Pat Cummins is back to bowl after the break. He bowled brilliantly in his previous over, conceding just one run to start his spell.

10:29 hrs IST

IND vs AUS, 1st Test, Day 1: Drinks Break

12 overs have been bowled and India scored 25/1. Cheteshwar Pujara is batting on 14* off 45 while Mayank Agarwal is batting on 10* off 26 balls. The umpires have called for the drinks break now.

10:26 hrs IST

Hazlewood to Pujara - 3 runs

A fuller delivery from Hazlewood and Pujara once again punches this nicely through mid-on. Takes three runs easily, moves to 14* off 45 balls.

10:21 hrs IST

Pat Cummins into the attack

Bowling change for Australia after 10 overs. pat Cummins has come into the attack, replacing Mithcell Starc. Cummins was one of the leading wicket-takers in 2018-19 Border-Gavaskar Trophy with 16 scalps.

10:19 hrs IST

Hazlewood to Agarwal - FOUR

FOUR! First boundary for India in this match.A wide half-volley and Agarwal crunches it through the gap in the covers for four runs. 5 runs from the 10th over, India - 21/1.

10:15 hrs IST

Starc to Pujara - 3 runs

A half-volley from Starc and Pujara punches through mid-off. Long chase for Wade as Pujara runs three to end the 9th over. IND - 16/1

10:08 hrs IST

Pujara, Mayank building up the innings

Shaw’s early dismissal has put the responsibility on the shoulders of Pujara and Mayank. 8 overs are gone and India have scored just 10 runs. There was a chance for Australia to get rid of Pujara at the slips but the edge doesn’t carry. Three runs from the over, IND - 10/1 after 8 overs.

10:03 hrs IST

India registers lowest opening average in last 5 years

2020: 5 inings, 81 runs, 16.20 Avg

2019: 11 innings, 501 runs, 45.54 Avg

2018: 26 innings, 793 runs, 31.72 Avg

2017: 18 innings, 773 runs, 42.94 Avg

2016: 19 innings, 653 runs, 36.27 Avg

10:00 hrs IST

Another maiden over from Hazlewood

The Australian bowling looks utterly dangerous with that pink ball. While Starc set the tone with an early dismissal, Hazlewood is keeping a check on the run flow. He bowled another maiden-over to end the sixth over. IND - 7/1 after 6 overs.

09:57 hrs IST

Prithvi Shaw’s first duck in Tests

Prithvi Shaw gone without scoring. It’s the 7th Indian opening stand to be dismissed for duck in Australia. Also, the 12th instances where overall for India opening pair has been dismissed without scoring a run on the board.

09:52 hrs IST

End of 5 overs, India - 7/1

The Australians have set the tone with a lethal pace attack against the Indian tourists. After Shaw’s early fall, Mayank Agarwal and Chetshwar Pujara are building the Indian innings and have scored 7 runs so far.

09:47 hrs IST

Cheteshwar Pujara vs Mitchell Starc

9 innings

133 runs

257 balls faced

2 dismissals

66.50 Average

09:42 hrs IST

Maiden Over from Josh Hazlewood

The Indian batters seems to be struggling against the Aussie pace attack. After an excellent over from Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood maintains the momentum and bowls a maiden over. India - 1/1 after 2 overs.

09:38 hrs IST

Excellent first over from Starc

Mitchell Starc was right on the money, providing an amazing start to the Aussies. Cleaned up Prithvi Shaw off the second ball and gave away just one run off the opening over. That was enough to put the visitors under pressure.

09:34 hrs IST

Starc to Shaw - BOWLED

BOWLED! That an extremely poor start for India. A disappointing shot from Prithvi Shaw and gets beaten by Mitchell Starc’s perfect length. Shaw goes for a 2-ball duck, India - 0/1 after 0.2 overs.

09:30 hrs IST

Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal out to bat

Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal are out to begin India’s innings in the first Test. Mitchell Starc begins the attack for Australia.

09:26 hrs IST

Kohli’s win/loss record after winning toss

Matches: 25

Won: 21

Lost: 0

Draw: 4

09:21 hrs IST

In-match stats

• 100%: AUS’s win rate % in D/N Tests, they have played 7 and won all of them.

• 10: wkts Nathan Lyon needs to complete 400 Test wickets, he will be the 3rd AUS to reach this landmark after Shane Warne 708 and Glenn McGrath 563.

• 7: wkts Pat Cummins needs to complete 150 Test wickets. If he gets these wickets in the 1st Test vs IND, he will be joint 2nd fastest AUS to reach this landmark.

• 5: wkts Josh Hazlewood needs to complete 200 Test wickets.

• 6: wickets M Starc needs to complete 250 Test wickets, if he gets these in the 1st Test which is his 58th Test, he will be 5th quickest AUS to reach this landmark after:

• 15: runs Kohli needs to have 5th most runs by a captain in Tests, currently he has 5142 runs behind Stephen Fleming -5156, Sir Clive Lloyd -5233, Ricky Ponting- 6542, Allan Border-6623 and Graeme Smith -8659.

• 128.16: Smith’s average vs IND in AUS, he has scored 769 runs 8 innings which includes 6 fifty plus scores (4 tons and 2 fifties).

• 12: fifty plus scores for Marnus Labuschagne (4 tons and 8 fifties) in 19 Test innings since 2019, the most by a player.

• 8: W Saha needs 8 more catches behind the stumps to complete 100 catches as a WK, he will be the 4th WK to achieve this feast after MS Dhoni (256), Syed Kirmani (160) and Kiran More (110).

• 50: If Jadeja/M Shami plays in the XI, it will be 50th Test match for respective player.

• 26: runs Mayank Agarwal needs to complete 1000 Test runs, he will be joint 2nd quickest IND to reach this landmark in terms of innings, if he gets these runs in the 1st innings of the Test. Vinod Kambli – 14 innings, C Pujara – 18 innings.

• 0: Virat Kohli is yet to score a ton across format in 2020, he has played 22 innings so far this year.

• 6: Test tons by Kohli in AUS, joint most by an Indian along with Sachin Tendulkar.

09:16 hrs IST

The Pitch for 1st Test

The pitch does have a greenish tinge to it which is usual to keep the shine of a pink ball intact but it is not so much that it will send chills down the batsmen spine.

 

09:11 hrs IST

Cameron Green makes Test debut

All-rounder Cameron Green makes his Test debut for Australia. He received his ‘baggy green’ cap from Pat Cummins before the toss, having cleared concussion protocols to take his place in the side for his test debut.

09:07 hrs IST

Tim Paine at Toss

“Green comes in obviously. Joe Burns holds his place. Matthew Wade will open. Message has been to keep things as simple as we can. We know what’s expected, so just have to come out here and execute our plans. Happy to be bowling actually. Would’ve liked to bat first, but the first session always has something in the wicket,” said Australia captain Tim Paine at toss.

09:05 hrs IST

Virat Kohli speaks at toss

Indian skipper Virat Kohli said, “Going to have a bat. Looks a nice wicket, nice and hard. Runs on the board is priceless, more so away from home. Hope we can put pressure on them. We’ve prepared really well. Couple of tour games as well. We had everything clear on our end, that’s why we announced our team yesterday. It was pretty okay. It wasn’t that strange (their first pink ball Test at home). The evening sessions are going to be more challenging. Few changes here and there. But this is a different challenge. For me it’s all about helping the team win, whatever contribution I make. Wouldn’t go out of my way to make an impact just because I’m playing one Test.”

09:03 hrs IST

Australia playing XI

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

09:02 hrs IST

India playing XI

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

09:00 hrs IST

India vs Australia, 1st Test: Toss

India win toss, elect to bat first

08:55 hrs IST

Nathan Lyon: The potential threat for India

* Lyon took 21 wickets during India’s previous tour Down Under in 2018/19 and was the joint highest wicket taker in the Test series. So far, 50 percent of his wickets at Adelaide have come against India - 25 out of 50.

* 85 wickets for Lyon vs India is his joint most against a team alongside England.

08:50 hrs IST

Virat Kohli vs current Aussie bowlers in Adelaide

vs Nathan Lyon: 5 innings, 143 runs, 2 dismissals

vs Pat Cummins: 2 innings, 4 runs, 28 balls, 1 dismissal

vs Josh Hazzlewood: 2 innings, 8 runs, 0 dismissal

vs Mithchell Starc: 2 innings, 8 runs, 0 dismissal

vs Steve Smith: 2 innings, 16 runs, 0 dismissal

vs Travis Head: 1 innings, 6 runs, 0 dismissal

08:45 hrs IST

Highest successful run-chase at Adelaide

Australia: 315/6 vs England, 17 Jan 1902

West Indies: 239/5 vs Australia, 30 Jan 1982

West Indies: 233/4 vs Australia, 22 Dec 1951

08:40 hrs IST

Adelaide Oval: Venue insights

Highest Team Total: 674/10 By Australia Against India In 1948

Lowest Team Total: 82/10 By Australia Against West Indies In 1951

Highest Individual Score: 335* By David Warner (Australia) Against Pakistan in 2019

Best Bowling Figures: 8/43 By Alberto Trott (Australia) Against England in 1895

Highest Partnership: 386 By Ricky Ponting And Michael Clarke (Australia) For 4th wicket Against India in 2012

08:35 hrs IST

India vs Australia: Head to Head

Matches: 98

Drawn: 27

India Win: 28

Australia Win: 42

Tied: 1

08:30 hrs IST

Australia in last five Tests

vs New Zealand: won by 279 runs, Sydney

vs New Zealand: won by 247 runs, Melbourne

vs New Zealand: won by 296 runs, Perth

vs Pakistan: won by an innings and 48 runs, Adelaide

vs Pakistan (D/N): won by an innings and 5 runs, Brisbane

08:25 hrs IST

India in last five Tests

vs New Zealand: Lost by 7 wickets

vs New Zealand: Lost by 10 wickets

vs Bangladesh (D/N): Won by an innings and 46 runs

vs Bangladesh: Won by an innings an 130 runs

vs South Africa: Won by an innings and 202 runs

08:20 hrs IST

Australia Squad

Let’s have a look at the squad of Australia for the Border-Gavaskar trophy:

Joe Burns, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Tim Paine(w/c), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Matthew Wade, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, James Pattinson, Michael Neser, Mitchell Swepson

08:15 hrs IST

Team India’s playing XI

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

08:10 hrs IST

India vs Australia Live Score, 1st Test, Day 1

Hello and welcome to the live blog of 1st Test match between India and Australia in Adelaide. It’s going to be a cracker of a contest as Kohli & Co will be playing their second-ever day-night Test match. The opponents are Australia who have the best track record of playing pink-ball Tests. The Aussies have played 7 day-night Tests, all at home, and won all of them. It’s going to be a tough challenge for India, especially while batting in the twilight period.

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Rishabh Pant, pauses and then purrs for a glorious century

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Pant was first about to prove just how reliable he could also be while employing the dead bat to play second fiddle to Sharma. Only much later, after a large swathe of time had been spent blocking and well after ensuring that India had closed in enough on England’s first innings total did Pant cut loose to bring up his first international hundred in India.
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New Zealand's Tim Seifert, left, returns to the crease as Australia's Ashton Agar fields during the 4th T20 cricket international match at Wellington Regional Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand, Friday, March 5, 2021. (AP)
New Zealand's Tim Seifert, left, returns to the crease as Australia's Ashton Agar fields during the 4th T20 cricket international match at Wellington Regional Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand, Friday, March 5, 2021. (AP)

Crowds allowed for double-header in New Zealand

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PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 07:52 PM IST
Wellington had been placed under Level 2 of the alert system which allowed sports events to take place behind closed doors. However, the restrictions have been relaxed.
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Rishabh Pant talks about his reverse sweep off James Anderson
Rishabh Pant talks about his reverse sweep off James Anderson

Pant reveals thought behind playing reverse sweep against Anderson

UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2021 09:26 PM IST
"You have to premeditate reverse-flicks, but if luck is going your way you can take the odd chance,” Rishabh Pant said reacting about his reverse flick that amazed England cricketers including James Anderson himself.
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File image of Sunil Gavaskar.(Getty Images)
File image of Sunil Gavaskar.(Getty Images)

Humbling if fans put me in same bracket as Mr Bachchan and Kishore: Gavaskar

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UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2021 06:37 PM IST
Humbling if fans put me in same bracket as Mr Bachchan and Kishore Kumar: Gavaskar on another '50'
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File image of BCCI president Sourav Ganguly.(Getty Images)
File image of BCCI president Sourav Ganguly.(Getty Images)

'He will be an all-time great in all formats': Ganguly's prediction for Pant

PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 06:12 PM IST
Lauding Rishabh Pant for his brilliant hundred against England in the 4th Test, Sourav Ganguly predicted that the India left-hander will be an ‘all-time great in all formats of the game’.
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India's Rishabh Pant celebrates scoring his century(REUTERS)
India's Rishabh Pant celebrates scoring his century(REUTERS)

India vs England 4th Test Day 2: Action in images

PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 05:57 PM IST
India vs England 4th Test Day 2: Here is all the action from Day 2 of the final Test in images.
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India's Rishabh Pant plays a shot during Day 2 of the fourth Test against England at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.(REUTERS)
India's Rishabh Pant plays a shot during Day 2 of the fourth Test against England at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.(REUTERS)

4th Test, Day 2 Report: Pant smashes ton as India seize control from England

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PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 05:51 PM IST
  • India vs England: For someone, who has always been panned for his lack of game awareness, it was Pant 2.0 at play where he defended when it was necessary but unlocked his brutal attacking instincts when required.
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Virat Kohli celebrates Rishabh Pant's hundred against England(Twitter)
Virat Kohli celebrates Rishabh Pant's hundred against England(Twitter)

Watch: Kohli jumps off his seat, runs to balcony to celebrate Pant's hundred

UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2021 07:21 PM IST
Virat Kohli jumped out from his seat and ran towards the balcony of India’s dressing room when Pant got to his third Test hundred by hitting a six off England captain Joe Root in the final session of Day 2 in Ahmedabad.
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India's Rishabh Pant celebrates after scoring a century on the second day of the fourth Test cricket match between India and England at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera.(AFP)
India's Rishabh Pant celebrates after scoring a century on the second day of the fourth Test cricket match between India and England at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera.(AFP)

Rishabh Pant - The ninja in the pack for Team India

UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2021 05:27 PM IST
  • India vs England: Rishabh Pant has always had an undeniable fire in his belly. The same fire that helped him burn down Australia's edifice of invincibility at 'The Gabba'.
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Rishabh Pant plays a reverse sweet against James Anderson in 4th test in Ahmedabad(Twitter)
Rishabh Pant plays a reverse sweet against James Anderson in 4th test in Ahmedabad(Twitter)

Pant's outrageous reverse sweep off Anderson stuns England cricketers - WATCH

PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 04:51 PM IST
In the first ball of the 83rd over, Pant played a reverse sweep over the slips that raced away to the boundary. Yes, a reverse sweep. Off James Anderson. With the second new ball. All of these happened for real in the final session of Day 2 in the India vs England fourth Test match at Ahmedabad.
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Australia's Steve Smith(AP)
Australia's Steve Smith(AP)

Give Smith the captaincy if he wants it: Khawaja

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PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 04:41 PM IST
Smith, who led the team for nearly three years, was stripped of the captaincy and banned from leadership roles for two years in the wake of the Newlands ball-tampering scandal in 2018.
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