Cheteshwar Pujara reaches 5000 test run, equals Rahul Dravid

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Australian pacer Mitchell Starc was overall satisfied with his team's bowling efforts on day one but rued that it allowed India to wriggle out of a precarious position in the opening Test here on Thursday.

Aaron Finch, out for a third-ball duck in his first home Test, Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh were swept aside as their side slipped to 4-87.

"Ishant Sharma was always going to be a challenge for Finch because most teams see his problem area as the ball coming back into him on a reasonably full length and that's right up Sharma's alley", he said".

Paine also said that he wants to regain the respect lost during the ball tampering scandal and feels that Test cricket is a platform to not only win games but also correct areas which needs attention.

Harris and Khawaja looked very comfortable in the middle before Ashwin got Harris' wicket against the run of play.

Paine predicted that Australia's three premium quicks and champion off-spinner Nathan Lyon would be able to carry the attack at Adelaide against an Indian batting line-up that is one of the strongest to visit Aust-ralia.

The pressure is on Australian batsmen. 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. The latter played some loose strokes at the start of his innings, but got some streaky boundaries off Mohammed Shami (0-51) to help the scoring rate move along. Hazlewood finished with 3 for 52 from 20 overs.

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An unusually circumspect Australia were kept on the edge by a wonderfully disciplined Indian attack. No worries. Australia's bowling quartet spread the load beautifully, snaring two wickets each and even adding the aforementioned run-out through Cummins.

It was left to local boy Travis Head to restore some pride with a courageous and skilful half-century, which gives the hosts a chance of reaching something nearing parity after the first innings. Cummins drives the 5 ball past cover for 2 runs. Sometimes when you are seeing it on TV, it doesn't look like it is doing a lot but when I batted in the first and second sessions, I felt it wasn't easy to bat on.

Ashwin first struck before lunch.

Hence, the need to make sure that Australia doesn't get a big lead - rather they don't get a lead at all.

Pujara then enjoyed 41-run and 62-run partnerships with Pant and Ashwin respectively before the 30-year-old, playing his 65th Test, was run out by Cummins, who along with Hazlewood and Starc each picked up two wickets.

Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett previously held the record when he got there in his 36th Test, against South Africa in 1936 but when Yasir dismissed William Somerville on day four, he got there in just 33 Tests, thereby breaking the world record.

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