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New Series, Old Mistakes: India's Top-order Collapses at Adelaide

New Series, Old Mistakes: India's Top-order Collapses at Adelaide

If this innings is any indication of how India's top-order plans to play this series, the Border - Gavaskar Trophy isn't coming home.

Usman Khawaja vindicated his punishing year-long fitness regime by snaring a remarkable one-handed catch to get rid of danger man Virat Kohli barely half an hour into the first Test.

It was nonetheless a positive finish for Virat Kohli's side who had slumped to 86 for five after lunch, falling to a combination of terrible shot-making and fierce Australian pace after winning the toss.

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'Stuck my hand out and it stuck. 'It was a good little momentum-goer too, because we got a couple of early ones, and we got a few more so it was nice'.

India's No 3 passed 5,000 Test runs on his way to a 16th Test century on a day of stifling heat at the Adelaide Oval as the tourists struggled early on before reaching 250-9 at stumps.

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

It was left to Pujara, in his 65th Test, to stay at the crease and keep chipping away, building a 41-run partnership with Rishabh Pant and then 62 with Ashwin before he was run out by Cummins.

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. India included Rohit Sharma at number six instead of Hanuma Vihari.

Seamer Josh Hazlewood grabbed two wickets in the morning session, removing Ajinkya Rahane (13) and the out-of-form Lokesh Rahul (two).

Ishant Sharma never looked comfortable but hung around for 20 balls before Starc clattered his stumps, and Mohammed Shami will resume on Friday on six not out.

Starc removed Murali Vijay for a streaky 11, the recalled batsman edging another rash shot behind to Tim Paine.

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