Pujara departs for 123 as India end with 250/8

Pujara departs for 123 as India end with 250/8

Pujara's 16th test century saved India after a disastrous start that saw them slump to 86 for five after lunch, falling to a combination of awful shot-making and quality Australian pace after captain Virat Kohli won the toss.

The only Indian to bat with any surety and patience on the grassy surface, Pujara's 16th Test century reinforced his status as one of the world's most understated batsmen and a solid presence in a frenetic top order.

Fast-bowler Ishant Sharma gave India the flawless start in the field as he dismissed Australian opener Aaron Finch in spectacular fashion in the first session of the second day of Adelaide Test on Friday. He was run out in the 88th over thanks to some spectacular work by Pat Cummins at mid-on. Australia's four-pronged attack shared the spoils with two wickets apiece.

Temperatures in the 40s made bowling an even more daunting prospect, with the Indians' resistance ensuring it was a long day in the field for the hosts.

Josh Hazlewood had Lokesh Rahul caught by Aaron Finch in his first over, Starc quickly foll-owed with Murali Vijay taken by Tim Paine, Cummins forced a false shot from Kohli then Hazlewood struck again to have Ajinkya Rahane caught by the recalled Peter Handscomb.

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Pujara went into a familiar shell, playing out 29 dot balls on the trot before the 20th and 34th over while Rohit Sharma delighted with some pristine shots, a couple of them off Cummins - a pull and a lofted inside out drive - going all the way. He found willing support through Ravichandran Ashwin (25) as the pair combined for a 62-run seventh wicket partnership.

In Ranchi in March previous year, the Australian quick claimed Kohli's scalp with the only ball he bowled at the Indian hero.

Ishant Sharma never looked comfortable but hung around for 20 balls before Starc clattered his stumps, and Mohammed Shami will resume on Friday on six not out.

After fielding all day in 39-degree heat, Cummins picked up the ball at mid on running to his right and flung the ball while diving at one stump at the bowler's end. India would be reasonable happy with the final outcome considering they were 19/3 at one stage.

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