ADELAIDE (AFP) - Australia grabbed 4 early wickets, such as the prized scalp of superstar batsman Virat Kohli, to have India suffering at lunch on the opening day of the first take a look at in Adelaide on Thursday.

Batting after Kohli gained the toss, on an afternoon when temperatures have been creeping towards 39 Celsius (102 Fahrenheit), the visitors crumbled beneath a gap barrage from quicks Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.

At lunch, they have been 56-four, with Cheteshwar Pujara now not out eleven and Rohit Sharma, favored inside the final XI to all-rounder Hanuma Vihari, unbeaten on 15.


Hazlewood become the select of the assault with 2-27 off 8 overs.

Australia overlooked vice-captain and all-rounder Mitch Marsh in preference for middle-order batsman Peter Handscomb, leaving them with simply 4 known bowlers.

however they spectacularly rose to the challenge within the searing warmness.

Opener KL Rahul, who has been struggling for runs, flopped again, stuck by Aaron Finch at 1/3 slip off Hazlewood for 2.

Veteran Murali Vijay, in the facet after young gun Prithvi Shaw suffered ankle ligament harm in a heat-up sport, didn t ultimate an awful lot longer, stuck behind by skipper Tim Paine off Starc for eleven.

In marched movie star Kohli to a large roar from the crowd, but a lovely one-exceeded catch with the aid of Usman Khawaja at gully off a Pat Cummins transport as he tried a pressure saw him returned inside the pavilion for most effective three off 16 balls.

The dismissal of the prolific skipper, who rates Adelaide as his favourite overseas floor, sparked wild celebrations.

It left India in problem and the skilled Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane labored to consistent the deliver.

Spinner Nathan Lyon become brought into the attack and nearly had Rahane caught at quick leg, however it simply slipped past Handscomb s fingertips.

Rahane capitalised, smashing a six off Lyon s subsequent over, simplest the second boundary of the suit.

however after returning from a spoil, Hazlewood enticed him into a force off a complete transport and he edged it to Handscomb, who took the trap above his head at 2d slip and he become gone for 13.

India, the sector s pinnacle-ranked group, have by no means gained a test series in Australia.