Australia leave out Mitch Marsh for series opener

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India were reduced to 127 for six in the 50th over before a gritty Cheteshwar Pujara hit a 246-ball 123 to bail out the visitors, reaching 250-9 at stumps.

As preparations for the highly-anticipated first Test between India and Australia on December 6 continue, footage emerged on social media on Tuesday of Kohli practicing in the Adelaide Oval nets. Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins are all confident they won't require a rest but that decision will be shaped by how many overs they are forced to bowl. Great effort by Ashwin and then the Indian pacers to rock the Australian batting but then Travis Head with a good hand to keep Australia in the hunt. However, the same can be said of overcooking them and creating a fresh setback that could ruin Australia's plans for next year's World Cup and Ashes.

Cape Town - The term "practice like you play" is one that is often heard in sport, and Indian captain Virat Kohli clearly does just that.

"To be honest, we should have batted better but they also bowled well in those first two sessions", Pujara told reporters.

Having crawled to his half-century, Pujara ramped up as he ran out of partners, slogging a couple of sixes as shadows crept across the ground.

But after returning from a break, Hazlewood enticed Rahane into a drive and he edged it to Handscomb, who took the catch above his head at slip and he was gone for 13. Hazlewood and Starc kept teasing Vijay and Pujara by bowling full outside off and soon reaped rewards for the consistency.

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Harris and Khawaja were undone on 26 and 28 respectively by challenging, well-flighted deliveries but Marsh's sixth-consecutive single-figure score at Test level was more of a gift as he flashed at a wide ball only to drag it onto his stumps.

Kohli led his team's batting in the 2014 series in Australia, amassing 692 runs in four matches despite India losing 2-0.

India have never won a Test series in Australia. Nevertheless, he played one shot too many and was dismissed by off-spinner Nathan Lyon, caught by Marcus Harris at the deep square leg region.

The runs came at a trickle for both left-handers, but they remained disciplined to steady the innings with some resoluteness and added 45 for the second wicket.

Earlier, a disciplined bowling attack by Australia left India at 56/4 at lunch. But Rohit was dismissed for 37 and Pant, for 25. Sometimes when you are seeing it on TV, it doesn't look like it is doing a lot but when I batted in the first and second sessions, I felt it wasn't easy to bat on. 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.

The big moment came in the 40th over, when Ashwin got Khawaja's wicket.

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