1st Test: Harris, Khawaja steady Australia


06:35  Harris, Khawaja steady Australia:  

Harris slaps a full delivery from Ishant straight down the ground for two runs but is beaten next ball as it moves away enough to past the edge.

But he does well to solidly defend the rest over, looking to play as straight as possible.

Bumrah drifts on the pads as Khawaja clips it behind square for two runs and then drives the next through the covers for another couple.

Bumrah then strays down the leg side as Khawaja glances it fine for a four as Australia reach 30 for one in 10 overs.

The first bowling change for India as Mohammed Shami comes in for Ishant, who bowled a good first spell of one for six in five overs.

He starts with one down the leg side as wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant half stops it to give away a bye before Khawaja plays out the rest of the over.

Ishant strikes early after India fold for 250:  

Ishant bowls it full and slightly wide as Khawaja drives it through the covers for two runs and then taps the third ball on the leg side for one.

Ishant tries the bouncer but Harris is happy to duck under it as he continues to defend against the new ball.

The two left-handed openers not having too much of trouble out in the middle. Bumrah has struggled with his rhythm early on and has not done much so far with the new ball.

Ishant bowls a good delivery to Khawaja, which is right up there, as the left-hander does well to defend it.

Bumrah tempts Harris with the full delivery which moves as he goes for the drive but is beaten. The wicketkeeper and slip cordon go up in appeal but Bumrah is not interested and rightly so as the ball missed the bat comfortably.

The next ball comes in as Harris looks to turn it across the line on the leg side but misses and is hit on the pads.

The debutant then is caught in two minds as he looks to leave before hanging his bat out at the last minute and gets an edge which goes past the slips for a four.

He clips the fifth ball behind square for two runs and keeps strike with one from the last ball.

Ishant strikes early after India fold for 250:  

Jasprit Bumrah to bowl the second over. The first ball is full and on the pads as debutant Marcus Harris clips it through square leg for three runs to get off the mark in Test cricket.

The next ball is again down the leg side as Khawaja misses the glance and the appeal for catch down the leg side is turned down.

Bumrah continues to drift on the pads as Khawaja clips it square on the leg side for a couple.

Bumrah switches to round the wicket as Khawaja defends the next two balls before he clips the last ball behind square for two runs.

Ishant from round the wicket as a watchful Harris defends the over to play out the over, trying to leave as much as possible.

Bumrah also from round the wicket. He goes slightly short as Khawaja, waiting on the backfoot, punches it wide of mid-on for a single and Harris blocks the last three balls.

05:46  Ishant strikes early after India bowled out for 250:  

Ishant Sharma strikes in the first over of the innings with the wicket of Aaron Finch, who is bowled for a duck.

Finch had survived a LBW shout off the previous delivery as he offered no shot to the incoming ball. However, he went for the big drive through the off-side but was beaten completely and bowled for a duck off the third ball of the innings.

An early wicket for India will boost their hopes after a disappointing effort with the bat.

The in-form Usman Khawaja comes in early at No. 3 as Ishant slants it across him and the left-hander is happy to leave.

05:38  India bowled out for 250:  

India 250-all out (88 ovs) vs Aus | Scorecard

Josh Hazlewood wraps up India’s innings with the first delivery of Day 2.

Mohammed Shami looks to pull a short ball down the leg side but misses out and is caught by wicketkeeper Paine for six. Shami went too hard at the short ball and not only misses out on some free runs, but also gives his wicket away pretty tamely.

India are bowled out for 250 in 88 overs in the first innings. Cheteshwar Pujara single-handedly rescued India with his brilliant innings of 123, while the rest of the batsmen failed to live up to expectations.

Hazlewood was the highest wicket-taker with three for 52, while Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon took two wickets each.

05:27  Australia aim to bowl out India early on Day 2:  

Welcome to the coverage of Day 2 of the first Test between Australia and India in Adelaide on Friday.

Cheteshwar Pujara struck a defiant century in an Adelaide Oval furnace to rescue India after Australia’s pacemen threatened to dominate day one of the series-opening Test on Thursday.

The India number three battled a hamstring strain late in the day but was a rock even as his partners crumbled around him, pushing India to 250 for nine at the close with a brutal assault on the second new ball.

Unbroken by dogged and often fierce pace bowling, Pujara was dismissed for 123 by a piece of brilliant fielding, with Pat Cummins swooping in to throw down the stumps.

That was the last play on a day of scorching heat, leaving tail-ender Mohammed Shami on six, with Jasprit Bumrah the final batsman to resume on day two.

Pujara’s 16th Test century saved India after a disastrous start that saw them slump to 86 for five after lunch, falling to a combination of dreadful shot-making and quality Australian pace after captain Virat Kohli won the toss.

Pujara anchored vital partnerships with young wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant and spinner Ravichandran Ashwin before completing his century with a flick off his pads after scoring his 5,000th run in Tests.

Having crawled to his half-century, Pujara ramped up as he ran out of partners, slogging a couple of sixes as shadows crept across the ground.

India had resumed on 143 for six after tea with seamer Cummins having Ashwin edge to the slips for 25 and Mitchell Starc bowling Ishant Sharma for four.

Spinner Nathan Lyon struck twice to expose India’s tail after lunch, having the recalled Rohit Sharma slog-sweep to a fielder for 37 before Pant fell for 25 feathering an edge behind.

Five of India’s top six were out to loose shots, including captain Kohli, who fell for three to a stunning one-handed catch in the gully by a leaping Usman Khawaja.


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