India vs Australia 1st Test Day 1: Australia made to fight on gruelling first day

Yadav ended the day with figures of 4-32 off 12 overs

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On a pitch that was turning much more than what is normally expected on day one, Australia were made to work hard for every run they got.

Electing to bat first in the first Test to ever be held at the MCA Stadium in Pune, Australia got off to an excellent start as openers David Warner and Matthew Renshaw amassed an 82-run partnership.

But, just as Australia looked to be cruising, Warner was clean bowled by India seamer Umesh Yadav for 38, while Renshaw, who made 36, retired after the next ball as he felt sick.

The returning Shaun Marsh failed to shine with the bat as he was sent packing by Jayant Yadav for 16.

Peter Handscomb didn’t fare much better as he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Ravindra Jadeja, while captain Steve Smith fell the very next over as he was dismissed by Ravichandran Ashwin for 27.

Things went from bad to worse for Australia when Mitchell Marsh was given out lbw off the bowling of Jadeja for just four runs.

Wicketkeeper Matthew Wade couldn’t stem the bleeding as he was on his way back to the pavilion after only making eight runs.

Renshaw, who returned after Handscomb was dismissed, managed to press on and make 68 off 156 balls, which included 10 boundaries and a six, before he became Ashwin’s second victim.

Renshaw scored his second Test fifty

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Steve O’Keefe and Nathan Lyon fell shortly after, but Starc ensured Australia did not go down without a fight as he dominated the unbeaten 51-run partnership he put together with Josh Hazlewood.

Starc surpassed his fifty during the last-gasp stand and made sure Australia got to stumps without being bowled out.

Starc finished on 57 off 58 balls, which included five boundaries and three sixes, while Hazlewood remained undefeated on one.

Starc provided some fireworks towards the end of the day

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Umesh Yadav was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Ashwin and Jadeja snapped up two wickets apiece. Jayant Yadav, meanwhile, claimed one wicket.

Australia ended day one on 256/9 and will continue batting on Friday at 09:30 local time or 04:00 GMT.

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