Usman Khawaja snares Virat Kohli with a stunning catch before Cheteshwar Pujara completes sparkling ton to rescue India in first Australia Test
- Virat Kohli was dismissed for three by a sensational catch from Usman Khawaja
- Khawaja took the brilliant diving dismissal in the first Test at Adelaide
- Cheteshwar Pujara rallied for India, scoring 123 as the tourists reached 250-9
Virat Kohli was dismissed for just three by a sensational catch from Usman Khawaja, before Cheteshwar Pujara struck a defiant century in an Adelaide Oval furnace to rescue India.
Australia’s pace bowlers had threatened to dominate day one of the series-opening test on Thursday.
However the India No 3 was a rock as his partners crumbled around him, pushing India to 250 for nine at the close with a brutal assault on the second new ball.
Virat Kohli was dismissed for just three by a sensational catch from Usman Khawaja
Khawaja took a brilliant one-handed catch to remove Kohli after both the openers fell cheaply
Khawaja clung on superbly as India initially struggled in the first Test against Australia
Khawaja is congratulated by his Australia team mates after the brilliant catch at Adelaide
Kohli must wait for 1,000 Test runs in Australia after being dismissed cheaply in Adelaide
Kohli’s side had slumped to 86 for five after lunch, falling to a combination of dreadful shot-making and fierce Australian pace after winning the toss.
They had lost 41 for four in the morning to Australia’s fired-up seamers, with Khawaja taking a brilliant one-handed catch to remove Kohli after both the openers fell cheaply.
‘Stuck my hand out and it stuck. It’s nice when they do stick,’ said Khawaja. ‘It was a good little momentum-goer too, because we got a couple of early ones, and we got a few more so it was nice.’
It was doubly frustrating for Kohli, who had needed just eight to reach 1,000 Test runs for India in Australia.
Cheteshwar Pujara rallied for India, scoring a superb century as the tourists reached 250-9
India had slumped to 86 for five before Pujara’s classy 123 pulled them back into the match
However Pujara was dismissed via a run out after some smart fielding by Pat Cummins
Without the Indian talisman, Pujara anchored vital partnerships with young wicket keeper Rishabh Pant and Ravichandran Ashwin before completing his 16th Test century with a flick off his pads after scoring his 5,000th run in tests.
India had resumed on 143 for six after tea with seamer Pat Cummins having Ashwin edge to the slips and Mitchell Starc bowling Ishant Sharma for four.
Spinner Nathan Lyon struck twice to expose India’s tail after lunch, having Rohit Sharma slog-sweep to a fielder for 37 before Pant fell for 25 feathering an edge behind.
Unbroken by fierce pace bowling, Pujara was dismissed by a piece of brilliant fielding, with Cummins throwing down the stumps to leave the batsman well short of his ground.
Cummins earlier took three wickets, including that of Kohli, as Australia’s pace men impressed
Tailender Mohammed Shami survived to stumps on six, with Jasprit Bumrah the last batsman to resume on day two.
Earlier, seamer Josh Hazlewood grabbed two wickets in the morning session, removing Ajinkya Rahane (13) and the out-of-form Lokesh Rahul (two).
Starc removed Murali Vijay for a streaky 11, the recalled batsman edging another rash shot behind to Tim Paine.