On the first day of the third test match against Australia at MCG, India were 215/2; where Cheteshwar Pujara and captain Kohli were unbeaten at 68* and 47* respectively.


Where the bowlers didn’t get much help from the pitch, India continued their batting dominance on the first day; while on the second day they declared after reaching 443.

 

The overnight batsman, Pujara hit his second ton of the series while captain Virat Kohli scored 82 along with Rohit Sharma’s 63 helped India to reach a decent competitive total of 443 after the loss of 7 wickets. The overnight pair added 170 runs for the third wicket and made a solid foundation as they batted for the first session. Before they could move further, Starc picked up the much-awaited as well as the first wicket of the second day, Kohli; who hit the ball in the air towards third man but it handed safely in Finch’s hand.

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Kohli got to his fifty in the first over of the day, while the threat of new ball was clearly visible by both the batsmen. Australia’s wait for a wicket ended in the second session as they picked up Pujara in quick succession after Kohli. Bowlers did a wonderful job as they continued to bowl in a proper line and length.

While Kohli played some beautiful drives in his 82 runs knock with patience, Pujara stood strong at the other end and hit another ton. He got his ton after hitting Lyon for a wonderful straight drive before lunch. Kohli was troubled by a back pain which forced the physio Patrick Farhart to come in the ground. He was seen struggling. Kohli pulled in front of square for three right after that and then hit another pull for a boundary before getting dismissed.

Pujara’s innings came to an end soon after Kohli’s dismissal. Cummins’ delivery hit the off stump which sent Pujara in the dugout after a 319-ball 106 with 10 fours. His dismissal brought Rohit Sharma at the crease; who had missed the second Test due to injury. Along with him, Ajinkya Rahane too looked quite comfortable. Rahanegot an early life on 16; while Peter Siddle dropped a simple catch at backward square leg. However, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane both managed to add 61 runs before the latter trapped in the leg before by Lyon.

After his dismissal, Rohit added 76 runs for the sixth wicket along with Rishabh Pant, who also got an early life while Cummins dropped him at long-on off Lyon. Later on, Rohit hit a boundary at deep midwicket to reach 400 marks along with his 10th Test half-century and his second in Australia. Rohit and Pant both scored really well before Pant fell for 39 who tried to hit the ball but ended up giving a backward point catch to Khawaja. While Ravindra Jadeja was dismissed in the next over, Kohli declared at 443 for 7.

Pat Cummins scalped 3 wickets while Starc picked up 2. Hazlewood and Lyon took 1 each for Australia. They got 6 overs to bat before the stumps where Aaron Finch and Marcus Harris added 8 runs while facing Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja.

Brief Scores: India 443/7 (Cheteshwar Pujara 106, Virat Kohli 82, Rohit Sharma 63*; Pat Cummins 3-72) vs Australia 8/0

 

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