It’s all about Pu­jara and the bowlers

Sportstar - - INDIA ­ AUSTRALIA ADELAIDE TEST PHOTOLINE - The 70­odd ex­tra runs scored as Chetesh­war Pu­jara car­ried the lower or­der gave the In­dian bowlers just the cush­ion they needed as they over­shad­owed their much­vaunted bat­ting team­mates.

Af­ter many a thrill and spill, In­dia has emerged vic­to­ri­ous in the first Test in Ade­laide against Aus­tralia. The cen­tury by Chetesh­war Pu­jara will rank as one of the finest Test hun­dreds by an In­dian bats­man con­sid­er­ing the si­t­u­a­tion the team was in at lunch time on day one af­ter the In­dian skip­per Vi­rat Kohli had opted to bat af­ter win­ning the toss. The care­less shots played by the top­or­der In­dian bats­men in that first ses­sion were hard to di­gest sim­ply be­cause there was noth­ing that the bowler had done with the ear­lier de­liv­er­ies for them to at­tempt those shots. They were also not play­ing for the first time in Aus­tralia, so it wasn’t as if they were sur­prised by the pace and bounce in the pitch of which there was hardly any. Pu­jara then showed them what a Test in­nings should be by pac­ing his in­nings beau­ti­fully. He was pa­tient at the start as he usu­ally is, and then when the lower or­der was with him, he ac­cel­er­ated with­out tak­ing any risks and added valu­able runs for the team.

Those 70­odd ex­tra runs gave the In­dian bowlers just the cush­ion they needed as they once again over­shad­owed their much­vaunted bat­ting team­mates. There is an old say­ing that un­less a team takes 20 wick­ets, they can’t win. Well, the In­dian bowlers took 20 wick­ets in seven out of the eight Test matches that were played in South Africa and Eng­land ear­lier this year, yet In­dia lost those se­ries sim­ply be­cause the

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