India vs Australia: India win toss, elect to bat against Australia

India vs Australia: India win toss, elect to bat against Australia

In the process he passed 5,000 Test runs for his 16th Test century, even as the wickets tumbled around him, including superstar captain Virat Kohli for three.

It was his third ton against Australia but first in Australia, and the innings only ended on 123 thanks to a sensational diving run out from Pat Cummins, which brought an end to the day's play. He found willing support through Ravichandran Ashwin (25) as the pair combined for a 62-run seventh wicket partnership.

The 26-year-old was impressive on his Test debut in Adelaide, occupying the crease for almost two hours as he blunted the Indian new ball bowlers, all under the watchful eye of his loved ones. Australia's four-pronged attack shared the spoils with two wickets apiece.

They had lost 41 for four in the morning to Australia's fired-up seamers, with Khawaja taking a brilliant one-handed catch to remove Kohli after both the openers fell cheaply.

The situation got worse when vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, who signalled his intent by lofting Nathan Lyon for a huge six over long-on, became the fourth Indian player to perish while trying to drive.

Lyon hooked Mohammed Shami for six before Australia were dismissed for 235
Lyon hooked Mohammed Shami for six before Australia were dismissed for 235

Earlier in the day, Kohli opted to bat in ideal conditions but the top-order once again failed to apply themselves against the potent pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Cummins. He also scored fighting half-centuries in the two Test wins at Johannesburg (against South Africa) and Nottingham (against England).

Australian bowling coach David Saker said it was a premeditated plan for the quicks to pitch it up and lure India's batsmen into false shots. 25-year-old Hanuma Vihar, who made his debut at the Kennington Oval against England, was called up to the 12-member squad, although India chose to field Sharma instead.

A crowd of 23,802 braved the heat but the figure was considerably less than previous opening days for the Adelaide day-night tests.

Two extraordinary individual feats in the field bookended an absorbing start to the Test series which had Australia on top early yesterday before India fought back to square the ledger.

Huawei CFO arrested in Canada, extradition to U.S. imminent
China's embassy said late on Wednesday that it firmly opposed what it called an unjustified arrest. Canadian authorities on Wednesday arrested Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou over the weekend.

Related Articles