India’s most dependable batsman of the modern era in tests, Cheteswar Pujara struck his first century on Australian soil to help India recover from 19/3 on Day 1 of the first test held at Adelaide Oval.
Pujara scored 123 runs where all other Indian batsmen struggled. He faced 246 balls and hit 7 fours and a couple of sixes in his innings.
The 30-year-old also completed his 5000 test runs in 108 innings. Coincidentally, It is the same number of innings ( also 3000 and 4000 runs) as of former great Rahul Dravid.
Rohit Sharma looked good for his 37 runs but gifted away his wicket while trying to attack Nathan Lyon. Rishabh Pant and Ravichandran Ashwin scored 25 runs each.
Earlier, India were tottering for 19/3 after openers KL Rahul (2), Murali Vijay (11) and skipper, Virat Kohli (3) went cheaply. Ajinkya Rahane too was dismissed for just 13 runs leaving tourists abuzz at 41/4.
For the hosts, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon and Pat Cummins shared 2 wickets each.
India had scored 250/9 when the play was stopped in 87.5 overs.
India will like to pick quick wickets against a weak Aussie batting side whose batting will mainly depend on Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja.