Adelaide Test: Indian top order rattled, Aussie bowlers on fire

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The senior off-spinner bowled an incisive spell that tied down the Australian batsmen. Tim Paine edges it to the wicketkeeper.

Arsalan Khawaja, 39, was arrested while driving in western Sydney, according to a spokesperson for New South Wales state police. It was credit to Indian bowling that it kept the runs in check and regular inroads into the Australian line-up meant that they were never really out of pressure. He was later released on bail.

On their part, both Harris and Khawaja were content leaving as many deliveries as possible, and struck only four boundaries between them.

Lyon hooked Mohammed Shami for six before Australia were dismissed for 235
Lyon hooked Mohammed Shami for six before Australia were dismissed for 235

"It was hot but I was set and I knew I could play my shots".

The question was always going to be whether Australia could scrape together a winning score in the absence of suspended superstars Steve Smith and David Warner, on whom they have relied so much in recent years.

India had a forgettable morning session on the opening day of the first Test with Australia reducing the visitors to 56 for four at lunch here on Thursday. Shaw rolled his ankle in the outfield during his India's tour match against a Cricket Australia XI.

And Pujara says being a Test-only batsman has gifted him an ideal preparation for the series against Australia.

And most of the previous series have history.

Regaining respect is not something Virat Kohli need worry about, with the captain and his number one-ranked team idolised in the cricket-mad nation. Ashwin's Test bowling average in Australia is an unflattering 54.71, having previously struggled like so many spinners who have arrived on these shores with big expectations. India bowled exceptionally well.

Among the carnage of half-capitalised innings stood Travis Head, playing his third Test and first in Australia, with an unbeaten 61. Australia now trail by 81 runs. The style of play in Australia compared to the UAE is completely different... "Whatever happened (in Cape Town). the skill level is still there". He said it took him two sessions to figure out what shots he can play on such a surface, adding that is the reason the other batters around him should have applied themselves better. He also has three Test centuries at Adelaide Oval. At lunch, Australia reached 57 for 2.

For all his faults, Marsh was a handy fourth seamer but Australia decided it wanted Peter Hanscomb's runs more in a top order featuring debutant Marcus Harris. 25-year-old Hanuma Vihar, who made his debut at the Kennington Oval against England, was called up to the 12-member squad, although India chose to field Sharma instead.

The temperature in Adelaide neared 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) but cloud cover provided favourable conditions for India's attack. Pujara then joined forces with Rohit Sharma (37), Rishabh Pant (25) and R Ashwin (25) to lead India's recovery adding 45, 41 and 62 runs respectively with the lower middle-order.