Australian skipper Steven Smith won the toss and elected to bat against India in the opening match of their four-match Test series.

Indian side led by Virat Kohli has made one change to the squad. Al-rounder Jayant Yadav replaces Medium pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar. 

Australia playing with two pacers and two spinners on a slow and low track.

Pacer Mitchell Starc’s unbeaten half century lifted Australia to 256/9 at stumps on the opening day of the first Test at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Thursday.

At stumps, Starc was unbeaten on 57 runs from 58 balls with fellow paceman Josh Hazlewood giving him company on one off 31 deliveries.

Tottering at 205/9, Starc’s fiery strokeplay helped him raise a undefeated 51-run last wicket stand with Hazlewood to take the Australians past the 250-run mark.

Earlier, pacer Umesh Yadav scripted Australia’s downfall with figures of 4/32, while the spin trio of Ravichandran Ashwin (2/59), Ravindra Jadeja (2/74) and Jayant Yadav (1/58) shared five wickets between themselves as the visitors lost five wickets for just 56 runs in the third session.

Brief Scores: Australia: 1st innings 356/9 (Matt Renshaw 68, Mitchell Starc 57 not out, David Warner 38, Steve Smith 27, Umesh Yadav 4/32, Ravichandran Ashwin 2/59, Ravindra Jadeja 2/74) vs India.

Teams:

Australia: David Warner, Matt Renshaw, Shaun Marsh, Steven Smith(captain), Peter Handscomb, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade (wicketkeeper), Mitchell Starc, Steve O’Keefe, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.

India: Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jayant Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma.

HIGHLIGHTS

04:59 PM | Australia are 256/9 (94 overs) at stumps on day 1 of 1st Test in Pune (JR Hazlewood-1, MA Starc-57).

04:16 PM | Score at the end of 90th over, Australia 250/9 (Starc- 53, Hazlewood-0).

03:49 PM | Umesh Yadav to NM Lyon, OUT.

Down on first ball, Yadav on hat-trick. Australia- 205 for 9 at the end of 82nd over.

03:42 PMO’Keefe OUT.

Gone for duck, catch by Saha on Yadav’s delivery.

03:30 PM | Drinks break. Australia 199/7 at the end of 80 overs, SNJ O’Keefe (0) and MA Starc (2). 

Last wicket- MT Renshaw at 68 runs (c Vijay b Ashwin).

02: 50 PM | Jadeja gets Marsh.

Jadeja brings this one back in with a round-arm action, no turn. Marsh stays back and misses a drive. Easy decision for the umpire. Australia 172/5 at the end of 69 overs.

02: 22 PM | This Session belongs to India. Australia scored 69 at the loss of 3 wickets in this session.

02: 12 PM | TEA TIME

 

02: 02 PM | STEVE SMITH OUT, Simple catch at midwicket!

Smith who was playing brilliantly so far, suffers a momentarily lapse of concentration. Nothing great about the delivery, Smith flicks this one but can’t keep it down. Chips it for an easy catch for Kohli. Australia suddenly, 150/4 at the end of 61 over

01: 52 PM | Australia 149/3 at the end of over 60

01: 48 PM | OUT! Jadeja strikes, this was coming. Handscomb, stays back in the crease, batsman caught plumb in front of middle and leg. Out says the umpire. No way they Australia is going for a review.

01: 19 PM | End of 50 overs, Australia 128/2

 

01: 00 PM | Jayant Yadav strikes for India, removes patient Shaun Marsh. It’s a big-big breakthrough for India. What a relief this is for team India and Virat Kohli. Both Marsh and Smith were looking strong to take the game away. Superb line disciplined bowling by Yadav.

12: 44 PM | 40 overs bowled, Australia 105/1

Umesh Yadav has been very sharp from the word ‘Play’. Virat Kohli, on the other hand, has no reviews left now. Both Marsh and Smith taking playing safe.

12: 28 PM | Hundred for Australia, 100/1 (38.0 overs)

12: 21 PM | Second session of Day 1 begins with a single. India back to Umesh Yadav, the only wicket taker today for India.

Marsh and Smith will be looking forward to building a partnership from here. 

11: 02 AM | Umesh Yadav picks David Warner, bowling change works for Virat Kohli.

Umesh Yadav of India celebrates the fall of David Warner’s wicket on Day-1 of the first test match between India and Australia at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Feb 23, 2017. (Source: IANS)

10: 52 AM | Day1, Session1: Australia 53/0 at the end of 20 overs. Last 5 overs have produces 13 runs and zero wickets. India still looking for the first evasive wicket.

10: 50 AM | Australia survives the crucial first hour. Time for Kohli to brace the thinking hat. 

10: 44 AM | Jadeja brought into the attack! 17 overs have been bowled so far. Australia seems to tread carefully. 

10: 34 AM | End of 15 overs. Australia 40/0. Both the Indian spinners Ashwin and Jayant Yadav are testing the Aussie pair in the middle.

Ashwin, in particular, has been turning the ball at will. You can almost sense a wicket coming. Warner has survived some rippers off Ashwin.

10: 02 AM | 10 overs are bowled and Australia are 27 runs for the loss of no wickets. 

09: 26 AM | The MCA stadium in Pune becomes the 25th Test venue in India. This goes straight to history books.

09: 19 AM | PUNE debut test match! 

09: 15 AM | David Warner and Matt Renshaw to open for Australia. Both the left-handed batsmen will have to tread carefully. This pitch will spin. Ashwin must be excited to ball here at Pune.

09: 10 AM | Ishant Sharma to begin proceedings for India. 

09: 05 AM | Australia has won the toss and elected to bat first.

” It’s very dry, won’t bounce. Looks different to the T20 games I’ve played here. Our preparations have been great, about executing our skills under pressure. Two fast bowlers and an all-rounder” says Australian Captain Steven Smith.

“I don’t come to the toss expecting anything. These things you have to keep out of contention. Looking at it as a challenge. Reverse swing will be a big factor,” Virat Kohli after losing the toss.

First Published | 23 February 2017 10:26 AM
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