Australia v India – Adelaide, Day 1: 9/250 makes for a delicious Day 2

I have been in nine different countries this year and there has been one constant: people all over the world are so polite and generous with their advice and time. In Paris, which has the opposite reputation, all the locals would stop, when I was fumbling with my map and compass, and insist on accompany me to my destination. Paris isn’t a grid city so this help was appreciated.


Adelaide isn’t another country but generosity was on show all day, especially from the top order Indian batsmen.


Pete, Sunil and I caught the bus down to the ground, acting on the advice on two pleasant locals; good lookers too, they were. Kohli was delighted to win the toss and decided to bat.


In Adelaide the incoming batsmen goes out a different tunnel to the tunnel used by the incoming and I thought this was a very good idea because I thought Kohli would like to strangle Rahul and VJ as they wafted at wide balls. Kohli was then strangled by some competent fast medium bowling by Starc and Hazlewood. The first widish delivery from Hazlewood, out went Kohli to a marvellous catch by Khawaja. A few overs later and Rahane made it four from four as he too committed batting suicide giving the new Australian slips cordon another chance.  They can catch, but can they bat?


There were two constants at this stage of the game. Poor Indian batting at one end and competent Indian batting at the other end. Pujara appeared utterly unconcerned at what was happening at the other end. It was only six months age the Indian selectors dropped him from the first Test in England. No bowler worried him and it was only a marvellous bit of fielding by Cummins that saw him out. Quite fittingly after his dismissal the game was called off for the day.


After the first four wickets the Indian batsmen tried to support Pujara and the wicket was a typical Adelaide deck offering little to the bowlers. Several of them made twenties or thirties but special mention must be made of Rohit Sharma. He hit a six off Lyon that was juggled across the boundary. He repeated the shot and holed out in exactly the same spot. If you don’t succeed try and try again.


India nine for two fifty is a delicious set up for tomorrow. The worst batting line up I have ever seen will take the field for Australia and if you are an Aussie supporter you will be hoping that the Aussie batsmen can take a lesson form the master. Today was Pujara’s day so let’s see whose day it will be tomorrow.












  1. Totally agree that it is beautifully set up for Day 2.

    And I know we say it a dozen times a Test match, but what a test Test cricket is. The Australian batsmen face theirs.

    The Kiwis passed their test last night v Pakistan. But that can change if they stumble this evening.

  2. Phil likewise no confidence in this Aust batting line up what so ever ( people seem to have forgotten how much one of the disgraced carried us last summer ) Pujara v good yes some v poor shots by India
    ( I suggest fixing re Cummins dismissing,Kohli ) thank you

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