The first Test between Australia and India started in a dramatic manner at the Adelaide Oval as Australian pacers rattled the Indian top-order with their tight line & length.
India were reduced to 127 for the loss of 6 wickets in the 50th over of the day before a brilliant knock by Cheteshwar Pujara hit a 246-ball 123 to bail out the visitors, reaching 250 for the loss of 9 wickets at the end of day’s play.
The deadly trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, and Pat Cummins picked up 2 wickets each as India somehow managed to reach the 250-run mark. Talking about Australia’s bowling performance, fast bowler Mitchell Starc said that he was overall satisfied with every bowler on day one but felt that Australia had India on the mat and should not have allowed to control to slip.
Starc said, “I thought we bowled really well for four hours, probably pretty well for another hour and probably got it a bit wrong at the end there. Cheteshwar Pujara a lot of time. He is someone who likes to absorb pressure and bat a long time, and credit to him he scored a fantastic hundred.”
“I think if you asked us at the start of the day if we’d take losing the toss and India being 9 for 250 at stumps I think we’d bit your arm off.”
The 28-year-old cricketer, however, said it is still early stage in the match and they will need to work really hard if they want to achieve a victory at Adelaide Oval.
“You cannot judge a wicket until both teams have had a crack. One good day is not going to win a series. It is going to go a long way to helping win a Test but it is nothing to win as series. I think we have planned and prepared really well for this week and had a lot of vision to look at, and how India have played in the past.”
The fiery bowler concluded by saying that he wants to bowl well for his team and hoped to be more consistent with the ball in the coming days.
Starc concluded, “Between the batters and bowlers, our preparations have been fantastic, so it is one good day out of a long series. So hopefully, personally I can keep swinging the ball around and being that bit more consistent than I have been in the past.”