Twitter Reactions: Cheteshwar Pujara stands tall amidst shoddy Indian batting

Ajinkya Rahane was keen to throw the pressure of expectation back on the hosts

Australia took four wickets before lunch with the batsmen guilty of playing at deliveries they would have been better off leaving alone.

It was only Cheteshwar Pujara's 16th Test hundred that saved India the blushes and brought some respectability to the total, albeit he was dismissed right at the stroke of stumps.

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But the question was always going to be whether Australia could scrape together a winning score in the absence of suspended superstars Steve Smith and David Warner, on whom they have relied so much in recent years.

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A bright sunny morning welcomed Tim Paine and Virat Kohli as they walked out for the toss.

But he was a non-factor in South Africa and made just 14 runs at an average of 3.5 in the two-Test series against Pakistan in the UAE in October. "It's nice when they do stick", said Khawaja.

"But at the same time you need to look at the number of matches we play in India". "We've had a good day but we know that one good day will not win a series".

"They've just gifted Australia four cheap wickets. I'm sensing India feel that", the coach added. Once again, it was the batsman's ambition to play the glory shot that lured the Indian team in this pothole. "Whatever happened (in Cape Town). the skill level is still there".

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But Starc said Australia got things wrong in the final hour of the day when Pujara, who batted for six hours and faced 246 balls, hammered more than 60 with the tail. He also has three Test centuries at Adelaide Oval.

Vice captain Ajinkya Rahane and Pujara worked to steady the ship. 25-year-old Hanuma Vihar, who made his debut at the Kennington Oval against England, was called up to the 12-member squad, although India chose to field Sharma instead. Meanwhile, Aaron Finch and Marcus Harris will open the home side's batting order, with Usman Khwaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head and captain-wicketkeeper Paine making up the batting unit in that respective order.

It was his third ton against Australia but first in Australia, and the innings only ended on 123 thanks to a sensational diving run out from Pat Cummins, which brought an end to the day's play.

It was a very poor show from India with the bat - all except for Pujara, Rohit Sharma and Ravi Ashwin.

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