Sensational Cummins run out sees Australia take honours on opening day of first Test
A sensational Patrick Cummins run out has seen Australia take honours on day one of the first Test against India at the Adelaide Oval.
On what was the last ball of the day’s play, Cheteshwar Pujara nudged Josh Hazlewood to mid on and with one stump to aim at, Cummins through down the pegs to knock over the centurion for 123.
The tourists fought back to finish the day at 9/250 – after falling to 4/56 early in the first session.
With much speculation on how the Aussies would fare in their first Test back at home since the darkest day in Test cricket and without Steve Smith and David Warner, the home side came out firing.
Josh Hazlewood got the ball rolling dismissing K.L. Rahul for two on the last ball of his opening over.
Fellow paceman Mitchell Starc then chimed in with Murali Vijay caught behind for 11.
But it was Pat Cummins who in just the third ball of his first over claimed the prize wicket of Indian captain Virat Kohli who was caught by a stunning catch from Usman Khawaja backward of point.
The Aussies rounded out a sizzling first session when Ajinkya Rahane was knocked over by Hazlewood to leave the hosts well on top with the score 4/56 at Lunch.
The dismissal of Rohit Sharma in the second session would have left Indian coach Ravi Shastri tearing his hair out as the power hitter was caught after trying to whack Lyon over the boundary.
It was an aggressive 37 from Rohit who belted three sixes before being undone by Nathan Lyon.
The GOAT Lyon then made it two when he knocked over Indian keeper Rishabh Pant for 25 when he knicked off to Australian captain Tim Paine behind the stumps.
India fought back thanks to a patient 62 run partnership between Pujara and Ravi Ashwin before Cummins got the breakthrough with Ashwin edging him to Peter Handscomb at second slip.
Starc then sent down a full and straight yorker to dismiss Ishant Sharma for four.
All four of Australia’s bowling quartet finished with two wickets each.
Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss in front of a crowd of 23,802.
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