Kohli falls as Australia strikes put India on ropes

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Australian bowling coach David Saker said it was a premeditated plan for the quicks to pitch it up and lure India's batsmen into false shots. Pujara found an ally in R Ashwin (25) and the duo added 62 runs for the seventh wicket - best of the innings - with the former finally emerging out of his shell.

Pujara was eventually dismissed for 123 by a brilliant run-out from a diving Pat Cummins off the final ball of the day, leaving tail-ender Mohammed Shami on six, with Jasprit Bumrah the final batsman to resume on day two.

Cheteshwar Pujara defied Australia's bowling attack and overcame stifling conditions at the Adelaide Oval with a century on the opening day of the first test.

"I thought we bowled really well for four hours, probably pretty well for another hour and probably got it a bit wrong at the end there", Starc told reporters.

On a two-paced surface that offered good bounce and carry, Josh Hazlewood drew first blood by sending back the shaky KL Rahul, who drove loosely from outside his off stump without moving his feet and was well caught by Aaron Finch at third slip.

Pujara was the last man to be dismissed on the second last ball with Cummins coming up with a direct hit.

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Cummins, who had scalped Kohli in the Ranchi Test a year ago with the first ball he had ever bowled to the Indian captain, has now dismissed him twice in four balls!

Australia's bowlers have once again led from the front, taking ninewickets on the opening day of the first Test against India, but they will be disappointed they could not finish the job.

He compiled a patient 21, putting aside disrupted preparations after the shock arrest of his brother this week for allegedly framing a love-rival with a fake terror plot.

"It (Thursday's knock) is one of my top innings in Test cricket, I could say top five".

Vice captain Ajinkya Rahane and Pujara worked to steady the ship. India included Rohit Sharma at number six instead of Hanuma Vihari.

Pujara anchored vital partnerships with young wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant and spinner Ravichandran Ashwin before completing his century with a flick off his pads after scoring his 5,000th run in tests.

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