Cheteshwar Pujara's incredible knock of 123 runs helped India to fight back in the first Test match against Australia in Adelaide as they finished day one on 250/9 after being 4 down for just 42 runs.
On a batting track, India opted to bat first but KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, and Ajinkya Rahane all got out while playing some reckless shots and India lost 4 wickets for just 40 odd runs. Cheteshwar Pujara (123) was rock solid at the other end, and with the little support from Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, R Ashwin and Mohammad Shami he rebuilt the innings and helped India to post a respectable total and completed 5000 Test runs before getting run out on the last ball of the day.
All the major stats and facts from the first day of the first Test between Australia and India in Adelaide :
Cheteshwar Pujara 123 runs:
16th Test hundred of career - joint 9th most for India.
6th Test hundred away from home.
3rd Test hundred outside Asia.
3rd Test hundred against Australia.
1st Test hundred in Australia.
2 - Pat Cummins has dismissed Virat Kohli twice in just four balls in Test cricket and without conceding a single run.
4 - Cheteshwar Pujara became the fourth Indian number 3 batsman to score a Test hundred in Australia.
Indian number 3 batsmen to score a Test hundred in Australia -
Mohinder Amarnath (100 runs) at Perth, 1977
Mohinder Amarnath (138 runs) at Sydney, 1986
Rahul Dravid (233 runs) at Adelaide, 2003
VVS Laxman (109 runs) at Sydney, 2008
Cheteshwar Pujara (123 runs) at Adelaide, 2018
8 - Cheteshwar Pujara was run out for the 8th time in his Test career. Only Sachin Tendulkar (9) and Rahul Dravid (13) have been dismissed run out more than him for India.
12 - Cheteshwar Pujara, when on 95, became the 12th Indian batsman to achieve the milestone of 5000 Test runs. He has scored 5028 runs at an average of 50.28 in 108 innings with 16 hundreds and 19 fifties.
Most Test runs for India -
Sachin Tendulkar - 15921
Rahul Dravid - 13265
Sunil Gavaskar - 10122
VVS Laxman - 8781
Virender Sehwag - 8503
Sourav Ganguly - 7212
Dilip Vengsarkar - 6868
Virat Kohli - 6334
Mohammad Azharuddin - 6215
Gundappa Viswanath - 6080
Kapil Dev - 5248
Cheteshwar Pujara - 5028
Fewest innings to reach 5000 Test runs for India -
95 - Sunil Gavaskar
99 - Virender Sehwag
103 - Sachin Tendulkar
105 - Virat Kohli
108 - Cheteshwar Pujara / Rahul Dravid
123 - Runs scored by Cheteshwar Pujara are the third most runs by a visiting batsman on the opening day of a Test series in Australia.
Most runs by visiting batsmen on the opening day of a Test series in Australia -
132 - Sir Gary Sobers (West Indies) at Brisbane, 1960
126 - Maurice Leyland (England) at Brisbane, 1936
123 - Cheteshwar Pujara (India) at Adelaide, 2018