India chose to bat first after winning the toss. They will use the advantage with this pitch on a sunny day to fire off their stand.
Australia on the other hand will have to field first. Most of the XI is the same. But a few changes due to injury. Dave Warner due to groin strain. So Matty Wade takes his spot. And Cameron Green makes his debut here who is an all-rounder at No.6.
Well it was not the case the first time when Prithvi Shaw was out for 2. Mitch Starc bowled out wide. But Shaw used a nothing shot without footwork & eye contact. It edged straight to the stumps.
Their opening department quickly became vanished. Mayank Agarwal may have scored 17. But bowled out by Pat Cummins to give Australia a strong start. His team won the opening session (dinner) at 42-2.
Cheteshwar Pujara aka Steve delayed the opposition early work with the ball. I think his batting has settled. He has got to credit Virat Kohli in the middle. And they both turned India up the ante in session 2.
Australia have gone through a few hits and misses. There may be a couple of close calls. But they just did not find the good areas to stop them ASAP. And these missed chances became India’s run tally.
The home team were lucky to stop Pujara at 43. Their tactical switch with Nathan Lyon in the spin dept. worked wonders. He credits Marnus Labuschagne with the catch at slip. Plus the TV review to help the umpires turn this decision to out.
Then it went back to the bad balls and unable to find the line/speed. That got Australia stuck in a rut. They lost the 2nd session thanks to King Kohli. And that he later secured his Test 50. 107-3 at tea.
Australia at last fortunate to deny Kohli his path to strike his possible 100. Not necessarily the home squad. You cannot fault the work from Ajinkya Rahane.
He stuck with Kohli the whole time. And balanced their workload to frustrate the opposition. But an unfortunate mix up talk downed Kohli on 74. Credit to Josh Hazlewood with the throw at mid on.
That helped Australia reap the rewards before the close of play. They know their plans without Kohli. Mitch came back & ended Rahane with the LBW on 43. India may have just reached the 200 run mark.
But Josh did not waste time to remove Hanuma Vihari on 16. A similar move with his other pace buddy Mitchell Starc. Day 1 now done with India 233-6 at 89 overs.
Wriddihman Saha currently sits on 9 runs who keeps wicket for India. Alongside him is Ravi Ashwin on 15. Ravi is the main spinner. And he will get his chance with the ball whenever Australia gets to bat.
Australia will need to stick with the line/length. So the good areas are there to unleash the speed. Finish it off before they can respond to the 1st innings stand. Limit them to least 250 runs would be realistic.