Travis Head scored a scintillating unbeaten 146 as Australia took firm control by reaching 327/3 at the end of Day 1 of the World Test Championship Final against India on Wednesday.
After being sent into bat by Indian skipper under overcast conditions, Mohammed Siraj drew first blood by dismissing opener Usman Khawaja caught behind the stumps for a duck.
The pair of David Warner along with Marnus Labuschagne added 69 runs for the second wicket stand before the former (43) gloved a short ball from Shardul Thakur down the leg side to wicket keeper KS Bharat who took a well-judged catch, diving to his right.
Mohammed Shami then produced a peach of a delivery to knock over Labuschagne for 26 while attempting a drive. Steve Smith and Travis Head shared an unbeaten 251 run stand for the fourth wicket as the Aussies recovered from 76/3 to 327/3 at the end of the opening day.
Smith and Head were undefeated on 95 and 146 respectively.
Stumps at the end of Day 1
Australia 327 for 3 (Head 146*, Smith 95*) vs India