India are off to a disastrous start in the ongoing first Test against Australia at the Adelaide Oval after Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bat first. The Indian team-management’s gamble to give Prithvi Shaw a chance in the playing eleven backfired as the out-of-form opener failed again.
Prithvi Shaw’s problematic footwork was exposed once again as Mitchell Starc castled him for a duck on the very second ball of the match. It was a good length delivery angling away from off and Prithvi Shaw went for the lazy push once again. He failed to make a good contact with the ball and ended up dragging the ball into middle stump off the inside edge.
Things have not really gone well for Prithvi Shaw in recent days and the opener will be desperate to make amends in the second innings. Another failure could cost him a place in the playing eleven with Shubman Gill waiting in the wings. With Rohit Sharma also available for the latter part of the series, Prithvi Shaw will have to score big to retain his spot in the team.
Here is a clip of the dismissal:
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As far as Mitchell Starc is concerned, he has further bolstered his reputation as the most successful bowler in pink-ball Test. Prior to the ongoing game, he picked up an impressive 42 wickets at an average of 19.23 with three five-wicket hauls.
Talking about the game, India were on 7 for 1 in the seventh over at the time of compiling this report. Cheteshwar Pujara and Mayank Agarwal were fighting it out with the bat in the middle.