Australia vs India 1st Test Day 1: Ajinkya Rahane (13) fell prey to a dreadful shot of a Josh Hazlewood wide ball. It was on his sixth or seventh stump and Rahane did not have to play it, but he threw his hands at it only to get and edge which was taken by Peter Handscomb at slip. India had already lost three wickets and needed Rahane and Pujara to stick it out and see India off to lunch with three down, but the Indian vice-captain had other ideas, which did not work out. Plain and simple, it was a poor choice of shot in the given situation. Also Read - Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar Lead Cricket Fraternity to Wish Cheteshwar Pujara on 33rd Birthday
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Co-incidentally, all the wickets have fallen to nicks where shot selection is questionable. None of the top-order batsmen could get among the runs. Pujara is still at the crease with Rohit Sharma and India would be hoping they can get India back on track.
At the time of filing the copy, India was 56/4.
Earlier in the day, India has won the toss and Virat Kohli had no hesitation in opting to bat first as he felt runs on the board would be good. Marcus Harris is making his debut for Australia.
India (Playing XI): Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami
Australia (Playing XI): Marcus Harris, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Tim Paine(w/c), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon