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Kuldeep, Smith share honours on an intense first day in Dharamsala

Steve Smith celebrating his century in Dharamsala Test
Steve Smith celebrating his century in Dharamsala Test
Kuldeep Yadav (left) had an impressive debut for India
Kuldeep Yadav (left) had an impressive debut for India

Australia 300 (Smith 111) v
India 0-0 (Rahul 0no)
Fourth Test, Dharamsala, day one

Steven Smith scored his 20th century while debutant Kuldeep Yadav snared a four-wicket haul as India made a good comeback in the final two sessions to bowl out Australia for 300 runs in the first innings of the fourth Test in Dharamsala.

Australia won the toss and decided to bat first with an unchanged line-up. For India, Virat Kohli was unfit while Ishant Sharma was left. Kuldeep and Bhuvneshwar Kumar replaced the duo in the playing XI.

In the first ball of the day, Karun Nair dropped David Warner (56) off Kumar (1-41) in the slips. Umesh Yadav (2-69) in his first over castled the stumps of Matt Renshaw (1).

The runs kept coming thick and fast as Australia raced to 52 for one in the first 10 overs with Warner and Smith (111) sharing seven boundaries with them. The 50-run stand between the duo came in the 13th over.

The introduction of spinners slowed down the run-rate but Smith completed his fifty off 67 deliveries. As Warner was trying to hold one end up, Smith enjoyed scoring boundaries to bring the 100 for Australia in the 25th over.

With a six followed by two more boundaries, Warner completed his first 50 of the series as Australia dominated the first session scoring 131 runs in it.

Smith looked to extend the momentum in the second session with two boundaries in the 34th over but Kuldeep (4-68) changed the complexion of the game with his wide range of variations.

The left-arm-chinaman spinner first had Warner caught in the slips and castled Peter Handscomb (8) and Glenn Maxwell (8) while Umesh had Shaun Marsh (4) caught behind as Australia slipped to 178 for five.

Smith went on to complete his 20th Test century but fell at the stroke of tea when he edged a delivery to the slips to give Ashwin his first wicket. At tea, Australia were 208 for six.

Pat Cummins (21) looked aggressive in the final session as he and Matthew Wade (57) added a quick 37 run stand but Kuldeep once again dented Australia's hope when he had the quick bowler caught and bowled.

Wade looked in control as the pitch looked reasonably good and had the company of Steve O'Keefe (8) as Australia crossed the 250 run mark. Substitute fielder Shreyas Iyer provided a moment of brilliance in the field when he had O'Keefe run out.

Wade completed a determined fifty but India did well to dismiss Australia just after they reached the 300-run mark. With one-over to play before stumps, Lokesh Rahul (0 not out) saw through a challenging over from Josh Hazlewood (0-0) to ensure India ended the day strong.

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