Pune: Matt Renshaw and Mitchell Starc struck half-centuries on an opening of the first Test as Australia scored 256 for nine at stumps. It was late recovery visitors against India at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Thursday.
Renshaw who scored brilliant half-century had retired hurt with an upset stomach in the morning session before returning to score 68 runs. He struck 10 boundaries and a six before edging off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin to second slip.
Starc scored a quickfire half-century and was unbeaten on 57 runs from 58 balls at stumps. Pacer Josh Hazlewood giving him company with one run off 31 deliveries.
Starc slammed five boundaries and three sixes to raise an undefeated 51-run last-wicket stand with Hazlewood.
Fast bowler Umesh Yadav was the most successful among the Indian bowlers as he took four wickets conceding 32 runs.
Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja returned 2/59 and 2/74 respectively, while rookie off-spinner Jayant Yadav also bagged a wicket.
Opting to bat first on winning the toss, visitors struggled on a pitch which offered quite a bit of turn.
Renshaw and fellow opener David Warner, however, did well to produce an opening stand of 82 runs.
Pacer Umesh Yadav bowled Warner with an excellent delivery to strike the first blow for India.
Renshaw retired hurt in the very next ball with an upset stomach. As a result of that visitors lost the early momentum built up by their opening duo. The hosts gained the upper hand with three quick wickets in the second session.
Spinner Jayant Yadav scalped wicket of Shaun Marsh (16) in the 47th over with the scoreboard reading 119/2.
Peter Handscomb (22) and skipper Steven Smith tried to hold innings but Jadeja struck against as he trapped Handscomb in front of stumps.
Things got worse for the visitors when Smith (27) was dismissed in the next over by Ashwin. His wicket left Australia struggling at 149/4.
The Indian bowlers scalped wickets at regular intervals. However, Starc thwarted the hosts with his fiery strokeplay and restored some respectability to the Australian score.