Australia vs India 2018, 1st Test: From the point of view of the hosts, it was a remarkable end to Day 1 after Pat Cummins went off-the-ground in-the-air to hit the stumps direct, all in one motion, as Pujara found himself short of his ground. Pujara’s gritty 123 had come to an end, but it took a piece of unreal brilliance on-the-field for that to happen. It is a length ball from Hazlewood, that Pujara worked into the on-side and was desperate to retain strike. What follows is pure brilliance, Cummins moved to his right, picked it up one-handed and hits the bulls-eye off-balanced.
The piece of fielding was also special because Cummins is a tall-frame, hence to go down and then hit the wicket with just one wicket to look at is pure genius.
It was a day that belonged to the hosts, who came into the Test as rare underdogs.
With wickets falling at the other end, Pujara played another memorable knock to bail out India from a precarious position of 41/4 to end the day on 250/9 at stumps. He slammed his 16th Test hundred for India during the day one of the opening Test match against Australia at the beautiful Adelaide Oval on Thursday.
Meanwhile, as the other Indian batsmen failed to show any fight on day one, Puajra fought the lone battle for the visiting team. His efforts were hailed by several renowned cricket experts over twitter, whereas, fans also praised the 30-year old batsman for his incredible effort in Adelaide.
The Rajkot-born played some scintillating strokes before his innings (123 runs) was ended. Pacer Mohammad Shami (6) was at the crease when umpires dislodged the bails for the day. With this knock, Pujara also completed his 5000 Test runs for India and 14000 first-class runs.