A brilliant counterattacking display from Mitchell Starc helped Australia to finish the first day on 256 for 9 after the end of first day’s play in Pune. The visitors were reeling at 205 for 9 before Starc along with Josh Hazlewood steadied the ship with an unbeaten partnership of 51 runs.

Earlier, Australia skipper Steve Smith won a crucial toss and decided to bat first on a pitch that is likely to become tough for batting as the game progresses. The Aussie openers, David Warner and Matt Renshaw proved their captain’s decision right by adding 82 runs for the first wicket before the southpaw was clean bowled by Umesh Yadav in the 28th over.  In the same over, Australia suffered another setback as Renshaw retired ill with a stomach upset. But Shaun Marsh and Steve Smith helped Australia to walk into the lunch break without suffering another further setback.

At 149 for 2, the visitors were looking well set to post a good total before two wickets in two overs prior to the tea break – Jadeja scalping Peter Handscomb and Ashwin dismissing  Steven Smith- pushed Australia on the back foot. Steve Smith’s men then found themselves in a huge spot of bother after being reduced to 205 for 9 before Starc’s 58-ball 57 helped the visitors to cross the 250-run mark.

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