With the turnout in the opening Test not quite up to their expectation, Cricket Australia have urged India to reconsider their opposition to day-night Tests and play under lights in Adelaide in their next tour Down Under. The series is even more important for captain Kohli as it would also define his legacy as a leader having already established himself as world's premier batsman.
Australia's attack is in the middle of a stunning purple patch against the unsafe Indian skipper, dating back to the heated Border-Gavaskar series in India in March, 2017.
Australian pacer Mitchell Starc was overall satisfied with his team's bowling efforts on day one but rued that it allowed India to wriggle out of a precarious position in the opening Test here on Thursday.
It was Pujara's century that lifted India to 250 for nine on day one.
With Australia losing wickets in regular intervals, Ravichandran Ashwin was looking to dismiss Khawaja to put India in the driver's seat and Pant was heard shouting "Not everyone is Pujara here, lads" on the stumps mic.
Pakistan had to toil hard on day four of the third Test against New Zealand and picked up just two wickets in the entire day as the visitors strengthened their grip. Vijay went for a drive in one of those deliveries, didn't get behind the line of the ball and all he managed was a tickle to the wicket-keeper.
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. Cummins has now dismissed Kohli twice in four balls in Test cricket.
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.
In 38th over, Sharma hoisted the ball towards square leg reason where Marcus Harris tried his best to catch the ball right at the ropes. This was after a horrendous shot selection by Rohit Sharma (37) left India in the lurch at 86 for five in the 38th over.
"Pujara was like a sage on this first day". The two added 62 runs for the seventh wicket before Ashwin got a peach of a delivery from Cummins that he nicked to Peter Handscomb at second slip. Ashwin will also come into play.
"And, hopefully, this time around, a full series", said Kohli, who recently became the fastest to reach 10,000 runs in ODIs, surpassing India legend and former captain Sachin Tendulkar.
OUT! Ishant Sharma strikes. However, Cheteshwar Pujara showed nerves of steel, scored a superlative century and guided his team to safer shores at the close of play.
Australia's bowlers will pay the price for their batsmen's sins after being boldly sent into an Adelaide heat wave without a safety net against India.