SportIndian strokeplay slammed on day one

10:20  06 december  2018
10:20  06 december  2018 Source:   wwos.ninemsn.com.au

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The Indian batting lineup has been slammed for their lack of application on the first day, with expansive strokeplay proving to be the downfall in the first five wickets.

Indian strokeplay slammed on day one© Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd FOX Cricket commentator Kerry O'Keefe has a laugh about Indian wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant's wild swing While KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma fell before him, it was wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant's stroke that was the highlight of the day.

Pant was early into his innings, but that did not dissuade him from attempting a wild slog sweep off Pat Cummins with India teetering at 5-110.

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Ajit Agarkar bowling the first over of the day , bowled the first delivery of the day short and wide of off-stump. Stuart MacGill, the batsman played an ugly shot, a clumsy sweep The two Indians continued to torment the Australians, with some risk-free but effective strokeplay , which fetched them boundaries.

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The Fox Cricket commentary saw the funny side of the shot, with former Australian cricketer Kerry O'Keefe providing some choice words.

Indian strokeplay slammed on day one© AAP

"That was going to the Northern Territory border," O'Keefe exclaimed.

"Village cricketers would be ashamed of that!

"At 5-110, that's not my shot of choice, I've got to say."

Pant eventually reached 25 before being found caught behind off Nathan Lyon, but his shot symbolised the Indian batting effort on a day one Adelaide Oval wicket that had something in it for the bowlers.

Indian strokeplay slammed on day one© AAP

Rahul was first to go with a loose drive attempt off Josh Hazlewood finding Aaron Finch in just the second over of the day, before Vijay and Rahane were also dismissed in similar fashion.

Kohli might count himself slightly unlucky given Usman Khawaja's terrific catch, but he too opened up the possibility for the catch to even take place by flashing his blade at a wide delivery.

However, the loose strokeplay wasn't exclusively off Australia's pace attack, with Sharma's attempted hoick off Nathan Lyon perhaps the ugliest dismissal of the day.

The 31-year-old appeared to be well-set on 37 before attempting a wide slog across the line, which was easily caught in the deep by Marcus Harris.

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