A superb century by David Warner helped put Australia on top before India fought back in the last half hour on Day One of the first Test against India in Adelaide. The hosts won the toss on Tuesday at the Adelaide Oval and dominated to close the day on 354/6. Warner and Chris Rogers put on 50 for the opening wicket before the latter was caught by Shikhar Dhawan off Ishant Sharma for 9.
Varun Aaron then dismissed Shane Watson for 14, also caught by Dhawan with the home side on 88/2 and the morning session looking to be in the balance. However Warner and captain Michael Clarke would wrest the initiative away from the tourists. A new batsmen only joined Warner because Clarke was forced to retire hurt with a back injury when on 60.
Clarke had hit nine fours and at that stage Warner had already brought up his ton. The opener eventually fell for 145 from 163 deliveries including 19 fours, when he became Karn Sharma’s first international wicket (caught by namesake Ishant). Steven Smith and Mitchell Marsh then set about taking the Australians to the close in a dominant position. Although Marsh fell for 41 some 20 minutes before the close, Smith would bring up his half-century after the evening session’s drinks break and was on 72 at the close.
However India’s late fightback ensured Brad Haddin returned to the dressing room without scoring as Mohammad Shami nicked two late wickets to even things out.