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Australia produce two bits of remarkable fielding on day one of India Test

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Australia's bold new era started with a bang as the home side's bowlers tamed their Indian rivals behind an outrageous catch and run-out by Usman Khawaja and Pat Cummins.

Entering the home summer series without the disgraced pair of Steve Smith and David Warner, Tim Paine captained his side for the first time on home soil and conducted his men superbly as his pace attack and off-spinner Nathan Lyon demolished the Indian top order, which saw their rivals finish at 250/9.

The Baggy Greens ran riot in the opening session, grabbing four wickets before lunch as Indian supporters watched on in despair.

Each of the first four batsmen were caught behind while carelessly swinging at full deliveries outside off-stump.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli's wicket must be highlighted as one of the greatest catches of all time, as the legend swung loosely to a Cummins delivery and his edge flew to gully where a noticeably trimmer Usman Khawaja was waiting.

The opener dived full stretch to his left and spectacularly grabbed the ball with one hand to the delight of his teammates.

The display of athleticism was extraordinary and the catch is now comparable to both Ben Stokes' effort in the 2015 Ashes, and Andrew Strauss' superb grab in the 2005 Ashes.

Not to be outshone by his compatriot, Cummins himself then delivered a dagger to India with one of the greatest run-outs the sport has ever seen.

Cheteshwar Pujara bunted a ball wide of Cummins at mid-on, but the speedster was up to the task.

He raced to the ball, picked it up one-handed and threw it at the stumps whilst diving to his right.

The opening bowler had only one stump to aim at as he was throwing from a side-angle, but Cummins delivered perfection with his hurl at the pegs and Pujara's fight back was cut short after a superb innings of 123.

Australia will head into day two full of confidence after the freakishly athletic contributions from both Cummins and Khawaja.

Cummins was also extremely effective with the ball, taking 2/49 as the 25-year-old continues to demonstrate why he is considered one of the top pace bowlers in the world (currently ranked 6th according to the ICC Player Rankings.)

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India cricket
Australia cricket
Cricket
Pat Cummins
Cheteshwar Pujara
Virat Kohli

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