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1st Test: Poor batting leave India struggling (Tea Report)

IANS  |  Adelaide 

Poor shot selection by Indian batsmen coupled with excellent by left the visitors struggling at 143/6 at tea on the opening day of the first Test here on Thursday.

At break, Cheteshwar was unbeaten after a gritty innings during which he posted a patient 46 off 141 deliveries, with Ravichandran Ashwin was on 5 at the other end.

The visitors have only themselves to blame for their troubles as most of their top order batsmen virtually threw away their wickets by going after deliveries which they should have left alone.

After a poor first session which saw the fall of four wickets, and tried to stem the rot with a partnership of 45 runs.

However, spinner took two wickets during the post lunch session to plunge the Indians into deeper trouble.

Rohit, who scored 37 runs off 61 balls, seemed to be in good touch and set for a big score.

But attempted big shot off Lyon's handed an easy catch to

Despite the regular fall of wickets at the other end, continued to bat patiently, carefully avoiding the big shots and playing the ball along the ground.

But Lyon delivered another blow shortly before tea when Rishabh Pant edged one to the slip cordon.

Earlier, a disciplined attack by left at 56/4 at lunch.

Opting to bat, the visitors were off to a disastrous start as opener K.L. Rahul's (2) thick edge was superbly taken by at third slip off a delivery with just three runs on board.

Soon, (11) also followed his partner after falling in the seventh over, leaving at 15/2.

With the addition of just four runs in the visitor's scorecard, pacer gave a huge blow to after packing back (3), thanks to a stunning catch by at gully.

Pujara and Rahane (13) then tried to put things back in control, adding 22 runs for the fourth wicket however, Hazlewood struck again in the the 21st over to dismiss the latter.

Incoming batsman and Pujara then played some sensible as India crept past the 50-run mark.

Brief scores:

India: 143/6 (Cheteshwar Pujara 46 batting, 37; 2/28, 2/51) vs at Tea on Day 1.

--IANS

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 10:46 IST
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