Australia vs India 1st Test: It was entertaining while it lasted! If Khawaja’s one-handed catch stole the show in the pre-lunch session, then Pat Cummins engaging in a verbal dual with young Rishabh Pant heated up the second session of the first Test between India and Australia at the Adelaide Oval. Pant played an adventurous knock of 25 runs off 38 balls. He came hard at the ball and it seemed that is the only gear he operates in. This did not go down well with Pat Cummins who is not used to seeing a No 7 batsman look to slog him, Pant tried and missed but his audacity irked the pacer. The pacer walked up to him and said a few words, to which Pant turned around, uninterested.
Soon, after that Pant departed trying to defend a ball from Nathan Lyon, it came off the finest of edges and Kumar Dharamasena had no doubt as he raised his finger. Pant’s short stay came to an end.
Pant faced the heat on social media for his approach. Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar took to Twitter and posted, “Just as he is about to go out to bat, someone must whisper into Pant’s ear “Test cricket, not IPL”.
Earlier in the day, Kohli won the toss and elected to bat first in the scorching morning at Adelaide, India sent their right-hand batsmen KL Rahul and Murali Vijay to open the innings. With some accurate bowling and brilliant fielding efforts, Australian bowlers easily unsettled the opening pair who looked tentative on the crease.
India lost their first wicket in the form of KL Rahul who played a loose shot off Josh Hazelwood’s delivery and was caught by Aaron Finch at the third slip. Rahul departed at a meagre score of 2 runs. Right-hand batsman Cheteshwar Pujara walked on to the crease at number three and India now had two of their best Test batsmen to take the innings forward. Pujara and Vijay started to build the innings but the Australian pacers came into the picture again and gave another jolt to the Indian side in the form of Murali Vijay.
Pacer Mitchell Starc bowled an absolute stunner at an awkward length to Vijay and enticed him to play a drive. The ball nicked and went straight to the hands of wicket-keeper Tim Paine. Vijay was gone for 11 runs.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who holds a tremendous record in Adelaide and had also scored his first Test hundred on this ground, walked in amid huge expectations and pressure. Playing at the score of 3 runs, the right-hand batsman drove a Pat Cummins’ delivery which was angling away from him. Kohli was deceived and Usman Khawaja made a superb effort to pluck the catch with his left hand. With Kohli’s wicket, Indian hopes of making a comeback started to shatter.