Kohli dismissed with a stunning catch in first Australia v India Test

Doug Mendoza
December 7, 2018

Kohli, the No.1 batsman in the world, has scored just 49 runs in his past six test innings against Australia.

However the India No 3 was a rock as his partners crumbled around him, pushing India to 250 for nine at the close with a brutal assault on the second new ball.

Virat Kohli was dismissed for just three by a sensational catch from Usman Khawaja, before Cheteshwar Pujara struck a defiant century in an Adelaide Oval furnace to rescue India. Pujara - strokeless and patient - and Rohit Sharma - preferred over Hanuma Vihari by the team management - saw India through to lunch at 56 for 4.

After India won the toss and elected to bat first, they got off to a poor start, having lost quite a few quick wickets.

"We got the wickets the way we thought we might get the wickets", he told the Seven Network.

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On a two-paced surface that offered good bounce and carry, Josh Hazlewood drew first blood by sending back the shaky KL Rahul, who drove loosely from outside his off stump without moving his feet and was well caught by Aaron Finch at third slip.

Veteran Murali Vijay, in the side after young gun Prithvi Shaw suffered ankle ligament damage in a warm-up game, didn't last much longer, caught behind by skipper Tim Paine off Starc for 11.

"It (Thursday's knock) is one of my top innings in Test cricket, I could say top five".

Ajinkya Rahane (13) handed Hazlewood his second wicket with a rank slash outside off that ended up in the hand of the recalled Peter Handscomb, finishing off a lucrative first session for Australia. 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. Nevertheless, he played one shot too many and was dismissed by off-spinner Nathan Lyon, caught by Marcus Harris at the deep square leg region.

Pujara then enjoyed 41-run and 62-run partnerships with Pant and Ashwin respectively before the 30-year-old, playing his 65th Test, was run out by Cummins, who along with Hazlewood and Starc each picked up two wickets.

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