1st Test: Poor batting leave India struggling

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Australia undoubtedly have the upper hand despite many considering India the favourites.

After his break-out Ashes series last summer and strong start with 96 in the first innings against South Africa in March, Marsh has averaged exactly 10 in his past 11 Test innings.

Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazelwood grabbed two wickets each as Australia seized control of the opening Test at Adelaide on Thursday, with only a stubborn Cheteshwar Pujara offering any real resistance.

India were reduced to 127 for six in the 50th over before a gritty Cheteshwar Pujara hit a 246-ball 123 to bail out the visitors, reaching 250-9 at stumps.

With Australia losing wickets in regular intervals, Ravichandran Ashwin was looking to dismiss Khawaja to put India in the driver's seat and Pant was heard shouting "Not everyone is Pujara here, lads" on the stumps mic. So much has been written and said about the superstar's batting, records, aggression, captaincy, profile and income in recent weeks. However, their stand was broken as soon as the second new ball was taken.

The list included names like Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli and Murali Vijay.

Ahead of their first Test against India, Paine said the Aussies, still recovering from the ball-tampering scandal, has identified the areas that needed improvements. Vijay went for a drive in one of those deliveries, didn't get behind the line of the ball and all he managed was a tickle to the wicket-keeper.

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He nearly certainly will have a chance to redeem himself in the second innings in Adelaide but there are concerns Ashwin has a mental hold on him, having dismissed the left-hander five times at an average of 28.

Sharma then had a brain fade and needlessly tried the same thing on the next ball, and this time debutant Marcus Harris comfortably collected the catch, with the right-hander once more failing to capitalise on a good start.

Ajinkya Rahane (13) was caught by Peter Handscomb off Josh Hazelwood. This was after a horrendous shot selection by Rohit Sharma (37) left India in the lurch at 86 for five in the 38th over.

"Here at Adelaide Oval, you've just got to see out the first session and get the bowlers into their second spells", Vaughan said.

While Ashwin was undoubtedly the headline act for the tourists, the unsung hero was Ishant Sharma who spearheaded the attack impressively.

Usman Khawaja (28) and Handscomb then added 28 runs for the fourth wicket. Ashwin chipped in with 25 runs but was able to play out 76 deliveries.

".people have always said that I have scored more runs in India". Anything close to 250 looked a mountain to climb with India reeling at 56/4 at lunch. He got his last 30 runs in no time and it was only because of Cummins' sensational run out on the brink of Day 1 Pujara had to walk back to the dressing room without a star mark on the top-right of his score.

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