* Pujara completes glowing ton earlier than run out
* India 250 for 9 at stumps
* Khawaja snares Kohli with a shocking catch (Adds quotes, particulars)
By Ian Ransom
ADELAIDE, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Cheteshwar Pujara struck a defiant century in an Adelaide Oval furnace to rescue India after Australia’s pacemen threatened to dominate day one of many series-opening check on Thursday.
The India quantity three battled a hamstring pressure late within the day however was a rock whilst his companions crumbled round him, pushing India to 250 for 9 on the shut with a brutal assault on the second new ball.
Unbroken by dogged and sometimes fierce tempo bowling, Pujara was dismissed for 123 by a chunk of good fielding, with Pat Cummins swooping in to throw down the stumps.
That was the final play on a day of scorching warmth, leaving tail-ender Mohammed Shami on six, with Jasprit Bumrah the ultimate batsman to renew on day two.
Pujara’s 16th check century saved India after a disastrous begin that noticed them droop to 86 for 5 after lunch, falling to a mixture of dreadful shot-making and high quality Australian tempo after captain Virat Kohli received the toss.
“To be honest, we should have batted better but they also bowled well in those first two sessions,” Pujara informed reporters.
“I can’t price it but it surely was considered one of (my) greatest (centuries).
“It was scorching however I used to be set and I knew I may play my photographs.
“Once we misplaced Ashwin, I assumed I needed to speed up. I knew what photographs I may play on that wicket.”
Pujara anchored important partnerships with younger wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant and spinner Ravichandran Ashwin earlier than finishing his century with a flick off his pads after scoring his 5,000th run in checks.
Having crawled to his half-century, Pujara ramped up as he ran out of companions, slogging a few sixes as shadows crept throughout the bottom.
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 4.
Spinner Nathan Lyon struck twice to show India’s tail after lunch, having the recalled Rohit Sharma slog-sweep to a fielder for 37 earlier than Pant fell for 25 feathering an edge behind.
Five of India’s high six have been out to free photographs, together with captain Kohli, who fell for 3 to a shocking one-handed catch within the gully by a leaping Usman Khawaja.
“Stuck my hand out and it stuck. It’s nice when they do stick,” stated the Australian quantity three.
“It was a good little momentum-goer too, because we got a couple of early (wickets).”
Seamer Josh Hazlewood grabbed two wickets within the morning session, eradicating Ajinkya Rahane (13) and the out-of-form Lokesh Rahul (two).
Starc eliminated Murali Vijay for a streaky 11, the recalled batsman edging one other rash shot behind to Tim Paine.
“For the most part we were exceptional with the ball today,” stated Starc.
“If you said we’d be 250 for nine after losing the toss … I think we’d bite your arm off.” (Editing by Nick Mulvenney/Amlan Chakraborty)