Day one of the opening match between Australia and India has ended with the home side putting 354 runs on scoreboard with the loss of six wickets.
An emotional and well paced ton from David Warner gave the initial boost to the Aussie innings, which was given a check by the Indian pacers in the last overs of the opening day.
Australia was looking for the right momentum to ride through the passion of the sport, after being dealt with a blow with Phil Hughes incident two weeks ago.
Skipper Michael Clarke had no hesitation in putting the squad to bat after winning the toss for the opening match.
David Warner guided the Australian innings on his shoulders in quick times, despite a lack of support in the early hours from the other end.
Chris Rogers couldn’t add much to the scoreboards as he fell to Ishant Sharma by nicking the ball for a safe catch to Dhawan at slips. Shane Watson was sent back to pavilion in a similar fashion, except for the ball being delivered by Varun Aaron.
But on the other side was rather a determined and emotional David Warner who took the innings to heart for paying the homage to his fellow mate.
Indian pacers never quite looked in shape to repeat their impressive spells in the warm-up games, as Australians paced their innings steadily with Warner and Michael Clarke in the pitch. Although, the later had to leave the grounds following a back injury picked up after reaching his half century.
Debutant Karn Sharma picked his maiden wicket by dismissing the century man Warner, while on 145. But the momentum was carried through by Steven Smith and Mitchell Marsh.
But late hours in the third session witnessed a tumbledown, with three quick wickets being taken by pacers Mohammad Shami and Varun Aaron.
Australia, at stumps ended their innings with the final score reaching at 354/6 in 89.2 overs.
Mohammad Shami and Varun Aaron took their wickets tally to two each although being a bit expensive, while Ishant Sharma and debutant Karn Sharma took a wicket each alongside curbing down the economy from the rest.
Day two will be resuming tomorrow with Peter Siddle on crease, who will be joined by Steven Smith, standing at 72, on the other end.