Pujara departs for 123 as India end with 250/8

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Australia dismissed India on the first ball of the morning, with Shami edging a short Josh Hazlewood delivery to be caught behind.

Pujara said he would now turn to coaching India's bowlers on the best methods for extracting the most from the Adelaide pitch. Post tea, Pujara added 62 runs with R Ashwin (25) for the seventh wicket.

The pace trio of Starc (2/63), Pat Cummins (2/49) and Jose Hazlewood (2/52) shared six wickets, while spinner Nathan Lyon accounted for another two as India limped their way on a good batting surface.

"Travis Head bowls some handy off spinners so we have options there but we'll be backing our bowlers", he said.

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"I've been sort of tweaking a few things and trying a few different things with David Saker, looking at perhaps how I bowled in 2015 throughout that World Cup and trying to perhaps get over my front leg a bit more".

"To be honest, we should have batted better but they also bowled well in the first two sessions and I knew that I had to stay patient and wait for the loose balls", Pujara said. He was dismissed by Josh Hazlewood in the second over of the match; Aaron Finch took his catch in the slip cordon. So much has been written and said about the superstar's batting, records, aggression, captaincy, profile and income in recent weeks.

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Harris and Khawaja were undone on 26 and 28 respectively by challenging, well-flighted deliveries but Marsh's sixth-consecutive single-figure score at Test level was more of a gift as he flashed at a wide ball only to drag it onto his stumps. It was credit to Indian bowling that it kept the runs in check and regular inroads into the Australian line-up meant that they were never really out of pressure. On a couple occasions, he drove the ball to get the score moving but ultimately this led to his dismissal.

Ajinkya Rahane commenced his innings with a defensive approach before finally breaking the shackles by smacking Lyon for a maximum over deep mid-wicket.

Pujara feels 250 is a decent first innings total, considering the conditions.

The duo could add 45 runs for the fifth wicket.

Pakistan had to toil hard on day four of the third Test against New Zealand and picked up just two wickets in the entire day as the visitors strengthened their grip.

"So I don't think spin bowling is a big threat, but it seems to me that Australia are anxious about the spinning options of India, deciding to go with Handscomb who's such a good player of spin".

The India number three battled a hamstring strain late in the day but was a rock even as his partners crumbled around him, pushing India to 250 for nine at the close with a brutal assault on the second new ball. Ashwin will also come into play.

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