India out for 250 on 1st delivery Friday at Adelaide Oval

India out for 250 on 1st delivery Friday at Adelaide Oval

India out for 250 on 1st delivery Friday at Adelaide Oval

Meanwhile, Aaron Finch and Marcus Harris will open the home side's batting order, with Usman Khwaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head and captain-wicketkeeper Paine making up the batting unit in that respective order. Runs were hard to come by for Australia with quick Jasprit Bumrah bowling five consecutive maidens during the middle of the session.

Australia's bowlers will pay the price for their batsmen's sins after being boldly sent into an Adelaide heat wave without a safety net against India. Ashwin chipped in with 25 runs but was able to play out 76 deliveries.

"As this series wears on and you get to places where the wicket is a bit flatter and conditions a bit warmer and bowlers a little more exhausted, he might have more of a role to play".

At stumps, Australia were 191/7 in 88 overs with Ashwin being their primary tormentor, securing figures of 3/50 in 33 overs. "Gaining the respect of our country is as high a priority as is winning", the wicketkeeper-batsman said at the pre-match press conference. The pitch is expected to retain some grass and be reasonably similar to what was produced for last year's Ashes Test. India were concerned about their lack of pink-ball experience but it's likely their pacemen would have been more potent under lights.

Earlier, Ashwin bowled with control as Australia were restricted to 117-4 at tea.

"To be honest, we should have batted better but they also bowled well in the first two sessions and I knew that I had to stay patient and wait for the loose balls", Pujara said.

For Australia, Hazlewood finished with 3-52.

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But the Indians have never won a Test series in Australia and if pace bowlers Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins are firing the tourists could be in for another tough time. Before that, however, Sharma provided the shot of the day with a pure off-drive off Pat Cummins that went all the way for six in front of square.

The introduction of Ashwin's offspin saw Harris become a little more adventurous and even saw him successfully loft one straight back over the bowler for a boundary. The runs came at a trickle for both left-handers, but they remained disciplined to steady the innings with some resoluteness and added 45 for the second wicket.

Marsh's eyes lit up at the sight of a wide delivery floated outside off stump by Ashwin but, rather than crack it through covers, the veteran managed a thick edge that dislodged the leg bail.

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Incoming batsman Rohit Sharma and Pujara then played some sensible cricket as India crept past the 50-run mark.

As the Australian men's team strives to rebuild its reputation, Roberts also raised fears about next week's Test in Perth, conceding ticket sales had not been tracking well despite this being the debut Test at the new Perth stadium where capacity is 60,000.

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