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By Ian Ransom
ADELAIDE, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Australia spinner Nathan Lyon struck twice to expose India’s tail because the vacationers staggered to 143 for six at tea on day one of many series-opening check on Thursday.
Cheteshwar Pujara was 46 not out, with Ravichandran Ashwin on 5, after the canny Lyon dismissed Rohit Sharma for 37 and wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant for 25 on a scorching scorching day at Adelaide Oval.
Having received the toss and elected to bat, India resumed after lunch on 56 for 4 after a disastrous morning of batsmen falling to Australia’s pacemen with a slew of poor pictures.
Pujara and Rohit Sharma, recalled on the expense of Hanuma Vihari, have been pinned down after the break by disciplined bowling and the latter tried to break the shackles by attacking Lyon.
He slog-swept the spinner for six nevertheless it was a dangerous play as debutant Marcus Harris leaped to catch the ball simply behind the rope earlier than tossing it again inside in a failed bid to save runs.
Rohit was out subsequent ball with one other ham-fisted try to clear the quick sq. boundary, skying a easy catch to the identical fielder after Lyon had pitched the ball shorter.
Rishabh Pant was greeted with fierce tempo from Mitchell Starc, who beat the younger wicketkeeper’s bat twice in succession and adopted up the deliveries with verbal assaults.
He responded in flip by smashing Starc for six behind sq. to carry up India’s 100th run after which despatched an edge flying previous the slips for 4.
It was a short-lived resistance, although, and he was out quickly after the drinks break when he feathered an edge to Australia skipper Tim Paine off a pearl of a supply from Lyon.
India misplaced 41 for 4 within the morning to Australia’s fired-up seamers.
Usman Khawaja flew within the gully for a superb one-handed catch to take away Virat Kohli for 3 after each the openers fell cheaply.
Kohli, who’s hoping to lead India to their first collection win in Australia, fell in Pat Cummins’s first over with Khawaja leaping at full stretch to pluck the ball out of the air together with his left hand.
“Stuck my hand out and it stuck. It’s nice when they do stick,” stated 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.”
Seamer Josh Hazlewood grabbed two wickets within the morning session, eradicating Ajinkya Rahane (13) and the out-of-form Lokesh Rahul (2).
Starc eliminated Murali Vijay for a streaky 11, the recalled batsman edging one other rash shot behind to Paine. (Editing by Nick Mulvenney)