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So who actually won day one?

It may have been a brand new stadium and a change in venue, but it felt like the Adelaide test had simply not finished.

Tim Paine looking for some important runs with the tail, late on Day 1. Source: Fox Sports

After an excellent battle in Adelaide in which the visitors recorded a 31 run victory on day 5, the first ever test at the Perth Stadium started with another excellent days cricket between two even teams.

It could be argued that the battle to get ahead on this first day went right down to the last ball of the day, when Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah hit Pat Cummins plumb in front, only to have Cummins get a slight under edge just before the ball struck his pad.

Both teams could lay claims to having won the day, especially if the wicket plays well on days 2 and 3. However with a hint of variable bounce in the wicket, Australia have the runs on the board and will bowl last, so may be pleased with where they are at. Although it could have been better.

The day started well for the home side, getting to lunch without loss. Undoubtedly this was what the home team needed after the top order crashed and burned a couple of times in Adelaide.

The fightback however from India was significant. From 0/112 Australia lost 4/36 to have India back in front.

The pressure will definitely be on Peter Handscomb later in the Test. Image credit: Queensland Times

Shaun Marsh (45) and Travis Head (58) consolidated for Australia, but two more wickets in quick time once again helped get India right back into the opening days play.

Australia will be disappointed that out of four scores between 45 and 70, no one kicked on to three figures, but with solid contributions from the top order, there is a platform for the tale to try and push up towards 350.

India will keep an eye on the wicket as they will have to bat last on a pitch that offered some variable bounce. If that continues to happen, it won't be an easy 4th innings run chase.

This excellent series will continue with an important opening session at this beautiful looking stadium tomorrow.

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