Adelaide Test: Indian top order rattled, Aussie bowlers on fire

Adelaide Test: Indian top order rattled, Aussie bowlers on fire

Adelaide Test: Indian top order rattled, Aussie bowlers on fire

After being bowled out, Indian opener Ishant Sharma gave his side the flawless start with by dismissing Aaron Finch in the first over, and Chappell said he foresaw Sharma causing the Australian problems.

Pujara put on vital partnerships with R Ashwin and Ishant Sharma in the end, as the Australian pacers exhausted.

"They've just gifted Australia four cheap wickets".

But a superb delivery from Ashwin snared him at a vital time for India.

"We got the wickets the way we thought we might get the wickets", he told the Seven Network. Lyon watched footage of Ashwin prior to Australia's tour of India past year, desperate to improve his form on the subcontinent.

The senior off-spinner bowled an incisive spell that tied down the Australian batsmen.

Harris and Khawaja were undone on 26 and 28 respectively by challenging, well-flighted deliveries but Marsh's sixth-consecutive single-figure score at Test level was more of a gift as he flashed at a wide ball only to drag it onto his stumps.

Paceman Mohammed Shami bowled untroubled after an earlier injury scare.

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Warne further questioned Marsh's dropping, saying the Australian attack will now lack an important element without an all-rounder, as well as an extra bowling option in sweltering conditions.

"To be honest we should have batted better but they also bowled well in the first two sessions and I knew that I had to stay patient and wait for the loose balls". Before that, however, Sharma provided the shot of the day with a pure off-drive off Pat Cummins that went all the way for six in front of square.

Australian opener Marcus Harriscan't believe it after being dismissed by Ravichandran Ashwin before lunch.

Australia needed a dogged innings from its leader, but Tim Paine could offer no more than 5 runs from 20 balls before he was out caught behind to a straight Sharma delivery to leave Australia six wickets down and still trailing by 123.

It was left to local boy Travis Head to restore some pride with a courageous and skilful half-century, which gives the hosts a chance of reaching something nearing parity after the first innings.

Skipper Virat 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. "Hopefully, it goes for five days here [in Adelaide] and the cricket community are inspired to attend in bigger numbers than what we suspect", Roberts said on SEN.

Cricket Australia chief Kevin Roberts has said ticket sales are not tracking well, and Marsh's troubles are unlikely to help rectify this.

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. His economy rate was 3.19 and compared to Ishant (ER of 2.07), Bumrah (1.70) and Ashwin (1.52), it offered the batsmen a release.

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