Captain Steven Smith and David Warner scored half centuries respectively to help Australia put 130 for one on lunch of day one of Dharamsala Test match. Steven Smith notched up his 21st fifty, while Warner completed his first of the tour.

Earlier, on the day 1 of Dharamsala Test, Australia won the toss and elected to bat first. The visitors named an unchanged team, whereas, for India, captain Virat Kohli recused himself due to an injured shoulder. In his absence, batsman Ajinkya Rahane was handed the baton in the decider of the Border-Gavaskar series. In place of Virat, Kuldeep Yadav, who made his Test debut, was named as his replacement. Also, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was roped in for pacer Ishant Sharma.

The visitors escaped an early blow after David Warner was dropped by Karun Nair in slips on the first ball of the match. Though, it was only the matter of time, as few balls later Umesh Yadav clipped Matt Renshaw’s off stump on just one.

Early movement from the surface gave Indian bowlers some chance but Steven Smith and Warner were quick in tackling the swing, and rather built pressure on them with some free-flowing strokes.

The pair was in some mood, especially the captain who brought up his 21st half century in 67 balls with six boundaries. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja looked hapless from the outset as there was no assistance from the pitch for the spinners.

Brief Score At Lunch On Day One:

Australia – 131/1; Steven Smith 68*(96), David Warner 54*(79), Umesh Yadav 1/29

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