Marnus Labuschagne registered his fifth test century, as Australia ended Day 1 of the fourth test at the Gabba on 274/5 against India on Friday.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Australia lost David Warner early to a brilliant catch at slip by Rohit Sharma off Mohammed Siraj.
In the 9th over, Shardul Thakur got his maiden Test wicket with his first ball of the match, by dismissing Marcus Harris caught at square leg by Washington Sundar, as the home side were in trouble at 17/2.
The pair of Labuschagne and Steven Smith resurrected the innings with a 70 run stand for the third wicket, before debutant Sundar claimed his maiden wicket by dismissing the latter for 36.
India suffered yet another injury setback after pacer Navdeep Saini walked off the ground due to pain in his groin.
The 26 year old was involved in yet another valuable stand of 113 runs with Matthew Wade for the fourth wicket. Wade looked good in his innings of 45 before falling to left arm bowler T Natarajan.
Marnus Labuschagne who was dropped twice by skipper Rahane at gully on 37 and Cheteshwar Pujara at slip capitalized on the opportunity by scoring yet another century before he became Natarajan’s second victim.
The duo of Cameron Green and Tim Paine kept the visitors at bay with an unbeaten 61 run stand for the fifth wicket, as the home side finished on 274/5 at stumps.
T Natarajan was India’s best bowler with figures of 2/63, while Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj and another test debutant Washington Sundar claimed a wicket each.
Stumps at the end of Day 1- Australia 274/5 (Marnus Labuschagne 108, Matthew Wade 45; T Natarajan 2-63, Mohammed Siraj 1/51)