Australia vs India 1st Test Day 1: Warner’s century leaves India battered and bruised

Warner dedicated his 10th Test century to Phillip Hughes

Warner dedicated his 10th Test century to Phillip Hughes

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Australia opener David Warner scored a sensational century to leave India battered and bruised at the end of the first day of the first Test in Adelaide.

Warner was well supported by batsman Steven Smith, who made an unbeaten 72, and captain Michael Clarke, who retired hurt on 60.

Clarke would have been pleased with his decision to bat first after Warner and Chris Rogers amassed a 50-run partnership before Rogers was caught by Shikhar Dhawan at second slip off the bowling of Ishant Sharma for nine runs.

Shane Watson only made 14 runs before he was also caught by Dhawan at second slip off the bowling of Varun Aaron.

Warner and Clarke stabilised the innings with a 118-run partnership, during which Warner brought up his 10th Test century and Clarke his half-century, before Clarke retired hurt due to back spasms.

Clarke’s excellent knock of 60 came off 84 balls and included nine boundaries.

Clarke played some spectacular shots before retiring hurt on 60

Clarke played some spectacular shots before retiring hurt on 60

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Warner and Smith kept the runs flowing with a 52-run partnership before Warner was caught by Ishant Sharma at deep midwicket to give debutant Karn Sharma his first Test wicket.

Warner’s superb knock of 145 came off 163 deliveries and included 19 boundaries.

Australia’s dominance with the bat continued as Smith and Mitchell Marsh put together an 87-run partnership, during which Smith registered his half-century, before Marsh was caught by India stand-in captain Virat Kohli at gully off the bowling of Aaron for 41.

Nathan Lyon mustered three runs before he was clean bowled by Mohammed Shami.

Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin failed to trouble the scorers as he was caught behind off the bowling of Shami for a duck.

As soon as Haddin was dismissed, stumps was called.

Smith remained unbeaten on 72, which came off 130 balls and included nine boundaries.

Smith struck nine boundaries during his unbeaten knock of 72

Smith struck nine boundaries during his unbeaten knock of 72

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Shami and Aaron picked up two wickets apiece, while Karn Sharma and Ishant Sharma chipped in with one wicket each.

Australia ended day one on 354/6 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:30 local time or 00:00 GMT.

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