Aus 256/9 Australia showed good application – Bangar

Australia showed good application - Bangar

India – To Bat
Australia – 256/9 94 ov

Toss: Australia, who chose to bat
Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
Umpires: Richard Kettleborough, Nigel Llong, Richard Illingworth, CK Nandan
Match Referee: Chris Broad

Australia 1st Innings – 

Australia: 50 runs in 18.5 overs
1st Wicket: 50 runs in 114 balls (Matt Renshaw 20, David Warner 25)
Lunch: Australia – 84/1 in 33 overs
Australia: 100 runs in 37.5 overs
Australia: 150 runs in 60.5 overs
Tea: Australia – 153/4 in 63 overs

Sanjay Bangar, India’s batting coach, said playing on such pitches was an important part of the variety of Test cricket. “When you go to England, you have to negotiate the seaming ball,” Bangar said. “In Australia you negotiate the bouncing ball, and when you come to India you negotiate the turning ball. If you see, at the end of the day the score is still 256 for 9. A lot of runs have been scored. The batsmen who have applied themselves have shown that runs can be scored on this track. It’s not that there were unplayable balls. We [Indian team] never complain of anything when we go abroad, and it’s just day one of a Test match. We are hopeful about what stands to come out of the next four days of cricket.”

“Obviously we would have been very happy had we batted in the evening,” Bangar said. “But we have done it to a lot of opponents in the past wherein our lower order has contributed quite a bit. All credit to Starc. He came out and backed himself and played some good shots. Because of that partnership they were able to end the day in a good position. I think we were expecting them to be bowled out for around 230 or less than that. But they applied themselves well. It came off for them.”

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