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Adelaide Test: Indian batters stumble, manage 56/4 at Lunch

ANI  |  Adelaide [Australia] 

Indian top-order batsmen produced a disappointing performance in the first Test of the ongoing four-match series against as they could only manage 56 runs at the loss of 4 crucial wickets in the opening session of Day 1 here at the Oval on Thursday.

Opting to bat first in the scorching morning at Adelaide, sent their right-hand batsmen KL and to open the innings. With some accurate and brilliant fielding efforts, Australian bowlers easily unsettled the opening pair who looked tentative on the crease.

lost their first wicket in the form of KL who played a loose shot off Josh Hazelwood's delivery and was caught by at the third slip. departed at a meagre score of 2 runs.

Right-hand batsman walked on to the crease at number three and now had two of their best Test batsmen to take the innings forward. Pujara and Vijay started to build the innings but the Australian pacers came into the picture again and gave another jolt to the Indian side in the form of

Pacer bowled an absolute stunner at an awkward length to Vijay and enticed him to play a drive. The ball nicked and went straight to the hands of wicket-keeper Vijay was gone for 11 runs.

Indian Virat Kohli, who holds a tremendous record in and had also scored his first Test hundred on this ground, walked in amid huge expectations and pressure. Playing at the score of 3 runs, the right-hand batsman drove a Pat Cummins' delivery which was angling away from him. Kohli was deceived and made a superb effort to pluck the catch with his left hand. With Kohli's wicket, Indian hopes of making a comeback started to shatter.

Now it was time for another Test specialist batsman to come on the crease and join Pujara in order to provide much-needed balance to the stumbling Indian batting order. But the script for the Indian batters did not change. Rahane lost his wicket in the most typical fashion as he edged an outgoing delivery of and gave a simple catch to in the second slip.

Pujara and are currently holding the crease for India.

For Australia, While Hazelwood picked up two wickets, and contributed with one wicket each.

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 08:37 IST
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