Kohli falls as Australia strikes put India on ropes

Annette Crawford
December 6, 2018

In the end, Virat Kohli and Co ended the day on 250/9 in 87.5 overs.

Australia silenced Virat Kolhi and every member of India's star-studded top order bar Cheteshwar Pujara, who fought back fastidiously with an impressive century on day one of the first Test at Adelaide Oval.

Batting after Kohli won the toss, the visitors crumbled in a disastrous morning session under a pace barrage before digging in later in the day with Pujara and Ravi Ashwin (25 off 76 balls) staging a fightback as the bowlers exhausted.

But the Indians have never won a Test series in Australia and if pace bowlers Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins are firing the tourists could be in for another tough time.

Australia took four wickets before lunch with the batsmen guilty of playing at deliveries they would have been better off leaving alone.

With Channel Nine not broadcasting the Australian summer of cricket for the first time in 40 years, Fox Cricket and Channel Seven are locked in a battle to win fans' viewership.

The morning got off to a bad start for Seven - the free-to-air channel somehow failed to fully capture the all-important coin toss, much to the annoyance of those watching.

But they spectacularly rose to the challenge.

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 of Starc for 11.

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

But after returning from a break, Hazlewood enticed Rahane into a drive and he edged it to Handscomb, who took the catch above his head at slip and he was gone for 13.

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