ADELAIDE (AFP) - Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazelwood grabbed two wickets each as Australia seized control of the opening check at Adelaide on Thursday, with simplest a stubborn Cheteshwar Pujara offering any actual resistance.

The experienced variety three did what he has executed many times before and stood his floor as wickets tumbled around him, inclusive of superstar Virat Kohli for three, with India stumbling to 143-6 at tea on day one.

Pujara confronted 141 balls for a dogged forty six no longer out together with his modern day companion Ravi Ashwin unbeaten on 5 on a day characterised by negative shot choice.


Spin king Lyon had 2-51 and Hazlewood 2-28 with Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins claiming one wicket apiece.

Batting after Kohli received the toss on a day when temperatures topped 36 Celsius (ninety six.8 Fahrenheit), the traffic crumbled underneath an opening pace barrage.

Australia took four wickets before lunch with the batsmen guilty of playing at deliveries they could have been higher off leaving alone.

Australian bowling instruct David Saker said it turned into a premeditated plan for the quicks to pitch it up and lure India’s batsmen into false photographs.

"We got the wickets the manner we thought we'd get the wickets," he told the Seven network.

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

but they spectacularly rose to the task.

Opener KL Rahul, who has been suffering for runs, flopped again, stuck with the aid of Aaron Finch at 1/3 slip off Hazlewood for 2.

Veteran Murali Vijay, within the aspect after young gun Prithvi Shaw suffered ankle ligament damage in a heat-up recreation, didn’t ultimate a good deal longer, caught at the back of through skipper Tim Paine off Starc for eleven.

In marched superstar Kohli to a big roar from the gang, but a lovely one-handed catch via Usman Khawaja at gully off a Cummins shipping as he tried a force saw him returned within the pavilion for most effective three off sixteen balls.

The dismissal of the prolific skipper, who prices Adelaide as his favorite foreign places floor, sparked wild celebrations.

Vice captain Ajinkya Rahane and Pujara worked to regular the ship.

however after returning from a damage, Hazlewood enticed Rahane right into a power and he edged it to Handscomb, who took the seize above his head at slip and he become gone for 13.

Rohit Sharma, desired within the final XI to all-rounder Hanuma Vihari, compiled a affected person 31 earlier than sweeping Lyon for 6, narrowly lacking being caught at the ropes.

Sharma then had a mind fade and needlessly tried the equal aspect on the following ball, and this time debutant Marcus Harris readily accrued the capture, with the proper-hander yet again failing to capitalise on an amazing start.

It changed into left to Pujara, in his sixty fifth check, to dig in and stay on the crease as he floor his way in the direction of a 50 to maintain India’s hopes alive.