Xtra Time Net Desk: A superb hundred (101* off 255 balls) from Usman Khawaja helped Australia finish Day 1 of the fourth check at Ahmedabad in a robust place. All-rounder Cameron Inexperienced additionally blazed 49 off simply 64 balls to see Australia finish Day 1 at 4-255.
Khawaja flicked Mohammad Shami for his fifteenth boundary off his 246th ball confronted, instantly elevating his fist in triumph to acknowledge turning into simply the third Australian to attain a Take a look at hundred in India up to now decade.
All of the Australian batters, Travis Head (32), Steve Smith (38) and Peter Handscomb (17) acquired a begin however nobody may capitalise it.
KS Bharat had a nightmare begin to the Take a look at. Greater than half of Australia’s first 15 runs had been byes as he struggled with the ball deviating after passing the batter, earlier than then placing down a simple catch off a Head edge.
Head lived a charmed life, with quite a few performs and misses punctuating a sequence of crisp boundaries for the makeshift opener, earlier than his luck ran out when he smeared an Ashwin supply straight to mid-on.
Australia’s stand in captain Steve Smith edged Jadeja onto his pad after which the stumps, having hit simply three boundaries from 135 balls and weathered a spell of simply three runs from 9 overs main into the lunch break.
Shami, was the choose of Indian bowlers taking the wickets of Labuschagne and Handscomb in his first spell.
Hansdcomb arrived on the crease in the course of a hostile Umesh Yadav bouncer barrage, however appeared equal to the duty as he ignored the three fielders set in a leg-side entice and bisected them with consecutive pulled boundaries off what turned out to be the ultimate two balls of his spell.
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