Australia managed to keep India’s number three batsman Cheteshwar Pujara quiet successfully in the first Test and Pat Cummins has underlined what worked in Adelaide. Australia took the series lead in the four-match Test rubber by beating India at the Adelaide Oval by eight wickets. Pat Cummins, who dismissed Cheteshwar Pujara in the second innings, revealed that some pressure from their end and sideways movement in the pitch helped hugely.
Cheteshwar Pujara seemed like heading for yet another marathon knock in the first innings when he faced plenty of deliveries. While Australia controlled the scoring rate, they had difficulties in breaking the right-handed batsman’s resistance until Nathan Lyon did. Off-spinner Nathan Lyon’s only wicket in the match was of Pujara’s as he forced the batsman to edge that travelled to the leg slip where Marnus Labuschagne took the catch.
Pat Cummins, who took eight wickets in the match, revealed that the pitch assisted big time and the sideways movement meant they could challenge Cheteshwar Pujara’s defence. The 27-year old also lauded Nathan Lyon, who kept things tight in the first innings by bowling to him outstandingly well.
“One of the biggest helpers was the wicket. It felt like there was a bit of sideways movement, so we could challenge his defence over and over again, and having a bit of bounce in the wicket certainly helped. Nathan Lyon bowled beautifully to him in the first innings, but we’re really clear on what we want to do to him,” Cummins said as quoted by ANI.
I thought he really batted well in the first innings: Pat Cummins
At the same time, Pat Cummins praised Pujara’s dogged display, batting well in the first innings and hailed their side for not leaking too many runs. Hence, Cummins praised Australia’s effort from preventing the Saurashtra batsman from getting a big score under his belt.
“You saw we brought another man to the leg side as well, to try to really attack his stumps. I thought he really batted well in the first innings, but we bowled well enough for the scoreboard not to go anywhere. So you feel like when you get him out, if he hasn’t got onto that big score then you’re right in the game,” he added.