Smith undone by debutant and other talking points of an enthralling first day at Adelaide

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Steve Smith fell to debutant Craig Overton on the first day.

The first ever day-night Test in Ashes history got underway at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday. Hosts Australia were coming into the game with a 1-0 lead after picking up a 10-wicket victory in the opening Test at the Gabba.

England meanwhile were fighting against history have overturned a 1-0 deficit in any Ashes series Down Under only twice before.

At the end of the day, Steve Smith’s men were well placed at 209-4 with Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh at the crease. Here, we look at the key talking points of an eventful first day.

JOE ROOT’S BRAVE CALL

With a first-innings average score of 430 since 2000 at the Adelaide Oval, one would think that batting first would be the normal thing to do after winning the toss.

England skipper Joe Root though, delivered a surprise when he put the Aussies into bat after getting the rub of the green in the toss. Overcast conditions and overnight rain might have played a factor in Root’s decision but only time will tell if it was a brave call or a regrettable one.

ENGLAND COME ALIVE UNDER THE LIGHTS

Despite losing Cameron Bancroft early to a bizarre run-out, Australia had started strong with David Warner and Usman Khawaja getting going nicely.

Australia’s batsmen had clearly been on the front-foot for the first half of the day but England found some joy once the lights came on at the Adelaide Oval.

James Anderson and Stuart Broad were a completely different proposition under the lights. Eventually the pressure told for Australia as they lost Khawaja and Smith in the final session of the day.

ANDERSON GETS CHIRPY

Before the start of the game, England’s leading pace Anderson had compared the hosts’ behavior to that of bullies. Smith had hit back at the 500-wicket man by saying that the Englishman was no angel himself on the field.

Hence it was no surprise that Anderson was a bit chirpier than usual when Smith arrived at the crease. Root inventively stationed Anderson at mid-on right next to the non-striker. There the 35-year-old wasted no time in getting engaged in a war of words with Smith and it had to take umpire Aleem Dar’s intervention to separate the two.

Anderson had some more words at stumps for Handscomb as they departed off the field. You can expect the friction to only increase come day two.

SMITH FALLS TO DEBUTANT

Craig Overton was handed his maiden Test cap as he was brought into the side in place of Jake Ball. The 23-year-old has impressed for Somerset this year and he sure had a debut to remember on Saturday.

The right-arm pacer had bowled excellently throughout the day and had troubled Smith on a couple of occasions. Smith had weathered the storm and was threatening to take the game once away from the Englishmen when Overton got the big breakthrough.

The Australian skipper played on to a harmless length delivery to hand Overton a maiden scalp to remember forever. Getting Australia’s best batsmen as your first Test wicket in an Ashes series to boot is the stuff of dreams for an Englishman.

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Kohli broke numerous records during his unbeaten 154-run knock.

With Steve Smith smashing records with the cricket bat, it seems Indian skipper Virat Kohli does not want to be left behind as he sets new landmarks of his own.

The 29-year-old batsman scored an unbeaten 156 runs off just 186 deliveries on the opening day of India’s final Test against Sri Lanka in New Delhi.

The hosts had ended the day strongly at 371-4 when stumps were drawn. The day clearly belonged to Kohli though who breached numerous milestones during his splendid innings.

5,000 TEST RUNS

In the course of his innings, Kohli went past the 5,000 Test runs mark, becoming the 10th Indian batsmen to do so.

The right-hander became the fourth fastest Indian to the landmark with the 105 innings it took him to get there. Only Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar have been quicker than Kohli to the mark.

THREE CONSECUTIVE TONS

Kohli was coming into the match on the back of a double-ton in Kolkata and a hundred in Nagpur. As he notched up his 20th Test century on Saturday, the Delhi-born man had registered three hundreds in as many innings.

With this, he became the first captain in history to hit a century in all three Tests of a three-match series. He also became the first batsman to hit three consecutive Test tons twice in Test history having achieved the same previously against Australia in 2014-15.

FASTEST TO 16,000 INTERNATIONAL RUNS

Kohli also breached the 16,000-run mark in international cricket in front of his home crowd in Delhi. He created a new record with this feat as he became the fastest man in history to do so.

The 350 innings it took Kohli to cross the figure beat the previous quickest 163 innings taken by South Africa’s Hashim Amla.

FASTEST TEST TON FOR KOHLI

The 110 deliveries it took Kohli to bring up his three-figures on Saturday is the quickest of his 20 Test hundreds to date. The Indian skipper was in sublime touch from the very first ball he faced as he brought up his eighth Test 150.

With Vijay scoring big too, it was the first instance of two Indian batsmen scoring 150 plus in a day’s play of Test cricket.

KOHLI’S SUBLIME 2017

With his ton on Saturday, the Indian superstar now has 11 hundreds in all formats in 2017. The century was Kohli’s fifth of the year in the five-day format while he has another six in the ODI format.

Kohli now has a staggering 2,681 runs in all formats in the calendar year which is the highest for any Indian player in history. The previous best was 2,626 runs set by Rahul Dravid almost 18 years ago.

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Overton in dreamland after dismissing Steve Smith for maiden Test scalp

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Craig Overton is delighted after bowling Steve Smith for his maiden Test wicket.

Craig Overton had a dream start to his Test career with the prized wicket of the world’s leading batsman Steve Smith as England chipped away at Australia in the day-night Ashes Test in Adelaide on Saturday.

The Somerset seamer, who had dreams as a child of playing Ashes cricket in Australia, broke through the Australian skipper’s defences for the crucial breakthrough under lights on the opening day at Adelaide Oval.

Overton was making his Test debut, but was ecstatic as he claimed the coveted wicket of Smith at a pivotal stage of the opening day for 40 as Australia went to stumps at 209 for four.

“It’s massive. For me personally my dream as a kid was to always play for England and for me to play in an England Test team against Australia in Australia makes it even more special,” Overton told reporters.

“It’s nice that my folks were here for them to see it as well. Hopefully I’ve made them proud and I think I have and it will be nice to see them later tonight.”

Australian batsman Usman Khawaja, who scored his ninth Test half-century, praised Overton’s wicket.

“Quite handy to get the best batsman in the world out for your first wicket, I’m sure he’ll have a good time tonight,” Khawaja said.

Overton angled one in between bat and pad to scatter Smith’s stumps to the unbridled delight of the England team after the Australian skipper’s match-turning unbeaten 141 in his side’s 10-wicket first Brisbane Test win.

Smith could only inside-edge Overton's delivery onto the stumps.

Smith could only inside-edge Overton’s delivery onto the stumps.

“It was a pretty nice one, obviously. He’s one of the best players in the world so to get that one to start with and hopefully I can carry on with that tomorrow,” Overton said.

“There was a plan to go straight at him. We felt we could keep him quiet doing that and just one went through him a little bit quicker with a little bit of pace and went on to the stumps.

“It was nice to beat him for pace. So that was good.”

Overton said his England team-mates, particularly fellow fast bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad, had got under Smith’s skin with a constant verbal barrage during his 90-ball vigil at the crease.

“I’m not sure what was said, I was on the boundary so I don’t know too much, but obviously they said a few things and it looked like he got under his skin,” Overton said.

“But he still got 40, so he played pretty well. It’s nice to get him in the end and we’ll go again tomorrow.”

Overton said Smith showed his irritation with the England onslaught.

“The way he left the ball, like a sort of exaggeration a little bit. He didn’t do that in the first innings in Brisbane,” he said.

“I don’t know if he was doing it on purpose to wind us up a little bit.”

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