India vs Australia: India win toss, elect to bat against Australia

Ajinkya Rahane feels Australia have a quality bowling attack

Ajinkya Rahane feels Australia have a quality bowling attack

"I knew I had to stay patient and wait for the loose balls".

"We'll learn from the mistakes and put up a better show in the second innings".

"If you had told us at the start of the day that we would lose the toss and have them 9-250 at stumps, we would bite your arm off", Starc said.

"It means a lot (the century), but I would also like to say that people say that I've scored more runs in India", said the right-hander, who is playing his 65th Test.

The decision to drop Marsh leaves Australia without a fifth bowling option and gives Indian coach Ravi Shastri an obvious first line in his final team address.

"It was tough in the heat but once we were seven down, I had to accelerate and play my shots", Pujara said.

"It has to be different because when you are batting with the tail, you never know how long can they bat". Their top-order batsmen brought about their own downfall by attempting expansive drives only to be caught in the slip cordon. "I would say it is kind of a two-paced pitch, and it is not easy to bat on", he added.

Pujara feels 250 is a decent first innings total, considering the conditions.

With the introduction of Nathan Lyon, Australia could have had a fourth straightaway with Rahane turning one to short leg. Peter Handscomb couldn't latch on to the sharp chance but that triggered a small one-upmanship battle between the two. He got his last 30 runs in no time and it was only because of Cummins' sensational run out on the brink of Day 1 Pujara had to walk back to the dressing room without a star mark on the top-right of his score. "But it's nice to see the ball moving around and I think we've all been preparing brilliantly for this Test series with a little period off after the Shield game". Ashwin chipped in with 25 runs but was able to play out 76 deliveries.

"Lyon understands the pace of the wicket, the bounce that it's going to provide him, and where the fielders should be, " Kohli said. The odd ball is skidding on and the odd ball is holding a bit more from the grass.

"He hits the bat harder and quicker than any of the spinners I've faced in Australia so you have to be at your best against guys like Nathan and their bowling attack".

"I was disappointed to be run out at the end but I had to get the strike with Mohammed Shami (six not out) at the other end but Pat fielded brilliantly and credit to him". He then followed it up with a lofted front foot drive over deep cover for a yet another six and it looked like India were slowly getting back on track.

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