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High fives as Cheteshwar Pujara’s ton spares India’s blushes in Aussie Test

Rescue act:
Pujara goes
on the attack
as he battles
to turn around
India’s
fortunes on
the opening
day in
Adelaide

CHETESHWAR PUJARA produced one of his best Test innings to rescue India after talisman Virat Kohli fell early on the opening day of their Test series in Australia.

Captain Kohli was out for just three at the Adelaide Oval as India slumped to 56 for four on day one of the first Test before Pujara batted six hours for a brilliant 123, his 16th Test century, to guide the tourists to 250 for nine at the close.

‘It was one of my top innings in Test cricket, I could say top five,’ said the India No.3, who came to the crease in the second over and was eventually dismissed when Pat Cummins ran him out on the final ball of the day.

‘The team-mates who were appreciating said that this is one of the best. It was tough. It was quite hot, we are used to it in India but still it was hot and humid.’

Australia, playing their first home Test since the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa, shared the wickets around, with strike bowlers Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Cummins, plus spinner Nathan Lyon, taking two apiece.