India’s captain Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara continued their sublime partnership as they batted with a cautious approach in the opening session of Day’s two play. There wasn’t much difference in the run-scoring flow as compared to the first day’s play. However, most importantly India didn’t lose any wickets in the first session as they added 62 runs in the opening session.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli brought up his fifty in the first over of the day. Kohli continued his sublime form as he was patient in his approach. In fact, it isn’t the most fluent Kohli innings thus far. On the other hand, Cheteshwar Pujara batted like Cheteshwar Pujara as he tried to punish the bad balls and backed his strengths.
The hosts kept digging in for their first wicket, however, they could not break the code. Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc bowled with control as they kept a lid on the proceedings. Thus, Australia didn’t let India’s two best batsmen off the hook as runs came at an economy of 2.38 runs/over.
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However, as Australia could not get a breakthrough in the first session of the day, the hosts are starring down the barrel of the gun. The Tim Paine-led side will need to get some quick dismissals and it is not going to be a cakewalk against two well-settled batsmen – Kohli and Pujara on a flat Melbourne pitch. Hence, the hosts will have their work cut out.
Virat Kohli played a lovely on-drive off Josh Hazlewood which was the shot of the season. Meanwhile, Cheteshwar Pujara kept knocking out his runs as he once again showed what he brings to the table. Pujara completed his 17th Test hundred as he once again proved his mettle in the red ball version.
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Both of these batsmen will like to continue in a similar fashion and get a daddy score under their belt.
Brief Scores: India 277-2, Cheteshwar Pujara: 103* (294), Virat Kohli 69* (182)