Ajinkya Rahane knocked out his captain Virat Kohli after a horror blunder, sparking a mini collapse to give Australia a big lead over India after a busy opening day of the first Day Test at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday. Kohli looked on track for a 28th century of testing after warming up to stabilize the ship when it hit 32/2.
But in the final session of the day, Rahane pushed to a Nathan Lyon delivery and fled, only to save himself, leaving Kohli stranded in the middle of the field after his 74th battle.
He ruined a fight recovery from India that lost Prithvi Shaw to a fiery Mitchell Starc in the first over of the day and was struggling when Pat Cummins caught Mayank Agarwal.
To make matters worse, Rahane fell for 42 soon after and then Hanuma Vihari went for 16, leaving visitors on 233 for six at close and Australia responsible for the first Test that both sides have played since the beginning of the year. due to the coronavirus. pandemic.
Wriddhiman Saha was not out nine and Ravichandran Ashwin went undefeated at 15.
Starc was the choice of Australian bowlers with 2/49, with Josh Hazlewood, Cummins and Lyon all taking one each.
A stubborn Cheteshwar Pujara (43 from 160 balls) and Kohli had led the counterattack.
Kohli, in his only test before returning home for the birth of his first child, was lucky to survive on five, thrusting a short ball off the bat-pad from Cummins bowling, with Matthew Wade failing to put hands under the ball.
He also benefited from what appeared to be a mistake by Tim Paine who chose not to review a hold behind, which replays have shown may have come out of his glove.
Undaunted, Kohli raised a stubborn half-century 23rd test with a single Cummins in front of a coronavirus-limited crowd.
Twilight should be the hardest time to hit in a day-night test with the ball whizzing faster than normal, but Kohli seemed calm until Rahane collapsed.
– Spectacular start –
Lyon previously took a big step forward by removing Pujara, whose 123 and 71 established India for a 31-run win in Adelaide in 2018 en route to their first win in Australia.
But it took an overhaul, with replays showing that he had brought the ball to his pad, making it jump to Marnus Labuschagne at the ravine.
He snapped what was shaping up to be a dangerous 68-run partnership with Kohli after India lost two wickets in a difficult first session when they were blocked by Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins.
Australia entered the clash with the usual fast three, but also rookie all-rounder Cameron Green who dropped a handful of shuffles, and got off to a spectacular start.
Opener Shaw was pitched for a left-armed duck Starc, the world’s most powerful pink bowler, only on his second delivery, cutting himself on his stumps while trying to drive.
It was a poor shot and will give Indian recruiters a lot to think about after preferring it to fellow 21-year-old Shubman Gill, who has been in good contact.
Starc nearly trapped a hesitant Pujara two balls later, catching an edge that fell just before the first slide.
It was slow as Pujara and Agarwal only scored 21 in the first 10 overs before Cummins broke off the second wicket partnership with a nice delivery that crashed into Agarwal’s center log, removing him for 17.
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