Cheteshwar Pujara fought a lone battle as he went on to score his 16th Test century in Adelaide on the first day of the four-match Test series opener. With India batters losing wickets on a regular interval, Pujara took the visiting team to a respectable total of 250 for the loss of nine wickets at the end of first day’s game.

Cheteshwar Pujara scored 123 runs off 246 balls with the help of seven boundaries and two sixes. Pat Cummins put an abrupt end to Pujara’s brilliant innings by his exceptional fielding efforts just before the stumps.

On the fifth ball of 88th over, Pujara was dismissed for a run out after the 32-year-old tried to steal a run on mid-wicket of Josh Hazlewood’s bowling. Pujara flicked the ball to Cummins and Australian showed his athleticism, as he took down the wickets before Pujara could reach the other end.

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Batting first, India was on the back foot after they lost five wickets for just 86 runs. However, a matured and solid innings from Pujara saved the day for the touring team.

From Australian camp, Mitchell Starc, Hazlewood, Cummins, and Nathan Lyon took two wickets each.