Pune: Umesh Yadav picked up four wickets put India on top before Mitchell Starc quickfire 57* takes Australia to 256-9 at stump on opening day at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune on Thursday.
Umesh Yadav bowling just 13 overs out of 94 in the Australia innings, he emerged as the start bowler for India picking up four wickets and gave only 32 runs. His spell with the old ball made sure Australia do not score a big total in the first innings.
On an riveting day of Test cricket, Umesh bowled a top spell of pace bowling after Matt Renshaw played a impressive innings of 68 runs as Australia ended the first day of the first Test in Pune at 256 for 9.
Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood were the two unbeaten batsmen for the visitors, who had a disappointing day in the field. The former was unbeaten on 56 at stumps, only the second batsman to score a half-century for Australia on first day.
Starc and Hazlewood saw off the final 45 minutes of the day’s play and forced the Australian innings into the second day. The final wicket stand between the two was 51*
Winning the all-important toss in Pune, Steve Smith decided to bat first on a dry Pune pitch that offered little bounce to the bowlers. Australia went to the match with two pacers, two spinners and one seam-bowling all-rounder in Mitchell Marsh.
Renshaw and David Warner opened the innings for Australia and both batted cautiously to not give their wicket to the Indian spinners. R Ashwin had shared the new ball with Ishant Sharma.
Ashwin got turn and bounce early in the innings and even beat Warner past the outside edge. On one occasion, India appealed for a caught behind but was turned down by the umpire. Kohli reviewed but the third umpire upheld the on-field umpire’s decision.
But the turn and bounce prompted Kohli to introduce Jayant Yadav from the other end and he struck. He had Warner bowled round his legs but the umpire gave it a no-ball.
Just when Australia thought they will survive the first session without a wicket falling, Umesh dismissed Warner, who played away from the body and got the inside edge. The ball went onto hit his stumps.
Australia - 256 for 9 (Renshaw 68, Starc 57*, Umesh Yadav 4-32)