Cheteshwar Pujara reaches 5000 test run, equals Rahul Dravid

Kohli falls as Australia strikes put India on ropes

Kohli falls as Australia strikes put India on ropes

Pujara said he would now turn to coaching India's bowlers on the best methods for extracting the most from the Adelaide pitch. The series is even more important for captain Kohli as it would also define his legacy as a leader having already established himself as world's premier batsman.

The last time they met, India won an engrossing series 2-1 on home soil, with Smith hitting three centuries.

Watch News Nation's special show with former Indian player and cricket expert Maninder Singh to get a preview of the India-Australia four match Test series beginning at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday.

Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc all grabbed two wickets each as temperatures topped 36 degrees and the tourists wilted to 250-9 at stumps on day one.

But after returning from a break, Hazlewood enticed Rahane into a drive and he edged it to Handscomb, who took the catch above his head at slip and he was gone for 13.

Indian captain Virat Kohli has great respect for Lyon but it will be interesting to see whether he tried to hammer him out of the attack to put extra pressure on the seamers. The hosts will be looking to get close to India's total. Hazlewood and Starc kept teasing Vijay and Pujara by bowling full outside off and soon reaped rewards for the consistency. On a couple occasions, he drove the ball to get the score moving but ultimately this led to his dismissal. Australia run-rate has been on slower side as they trail by 100 runs now. The ball was slightly short of a good length and Kohli poked at it as the edge flew to the left of Usman Khawaja at the gully region.

Australia needed a dogged innings from its leader, but Tim Paine could offer no more than 5 runs from 20 balls before he was out caught behind to a straight Sharma delivery to leave Australia six wickets down and still trailing by 123.

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He nearly certainly will have a chance to redeem himself in the second innings in Adelaide but there are concerns Ashwin has a mental hold on him, having dismissed the left-hander five times at an average of 28. In the process, Pujara brought up his half-century and kept pushing India towards a respectable first-innings score. The duo then added 41 runs for the sixth wicket as India crossed 100 in the 41st over, including five sixes surprisingly.

Paine said his message to the team was to keep their cool but also play to their strengths.

OUT! Ishant Sharma strikes.

India lost their sixth wicket in the form of Risabh Pant who scored 25 runs.

Australia's bowlers will pay the price for their batsmen's sins after being boldly sent into an Adelaide heat wave without a safety net against India.

At the end of a day characterised by poor shot selection, Pujara went for a quick single on the second last ball and was removed in a brilliant run-out by a diving Cummins.

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