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Virat Kohli's Indian side brimming with confidence will aim to finally shed the poor travellers' tag when it takes on a circumspect Australia in what is being perceived as the tourists' best opportunity to win a Test series Down Under in 70 years.

Indian No.3 Cheteshwar Pujara batted for nearly all of Thursday's play, coming to the crease at the end of the second over - and departing to a piece of magic in the field by Pat Cummins with the last ball of the day.

On Thursday, Cheteshwar Pujara played yet another fighting knock for India, as he went on to register his 16th Test ton and saved the day.

Ishant Sharma never looked comfortable but hung around for 20 balls before Starc clattered his stumps, and Mohammed Shami will resume on Friday on six not out. But it was more of a fielder's wicket as Usman Khawaja at gully pulled out a spectacular catch to dismiss Kohli.

Australia took four wickets before lunch with the batsmen guilty of playing at deliveries they would have been better off leaving alone.

Earlier, India won the toss and opted to bat first.

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In a rain-curtailed Test, that effectively was reduced to a three-day encounter, Pujara showed his tenacity on Day 2, when the conditions at Eden Gardens were in Sri Lanka's favour and had put India on the backfoot.

"We got the wickets the way we thought we might get the wickets", Saker told the Seven Network.

Pujara was the last man to be dismissed on the second last ball with Pat Cummins' coming up with a direct throw.

Veteran Murali Vijay, in the side after young gun Prithvi Shaw suffered ankle ligament damage in a warm-up game, didn't last much longer, caught behind by skipper Tim Paine off Starc for 11.

The dismissal of Kohli, who has scored five centuries in his two previous Test tours of Australia and rates Adelaide his favourite overseas ground, sparked wild celebrations.

Earlier, seamer Josh Hazlewood grabbed two wickets in the morning session, removing Ajinkya Rahane (13) and the out-of-form Lokesh Rahul (two).

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