Australia vs India 2018: 3rd Test Match, MCG – Day 2 Report
Indian captain Virat Kohli decided to declare the innings on 443-7 to take a shot of six overs at Australian opener. There were three half-centurions in the India innings whereas Cheteshwar Pujara scored a fine hundred. Mayank Agarwal (76), Virat Kohli (82), Rohit Sharma (63*) and Pujara’s 106 runs took India to a fine total.
India began their innings with the overnight score of 215-2. Kohli and Pujara once again batted with gumption as they added crucial runs in the opening session. Both the right-handers were not in a mood to give up their wicket. They batted out time in the first session as they scored 62 runs in the opening session.
India dominates the day.
Pujara continued with his fine form as the right-hander completed his 17th Test hundred. The talisman batsman took 280 balls to get to his century. On the other hand, Virat Kohli completed his fifty in the first over of the play. However, Kohli could not go all the way as he was dismissed on a short ball.
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Meanwhile, Pujara soon followed the Indian skipper back into the hunt after the ball didn’t bounce too much. Pat Cummins had bowled with fire and he got the well-deserved wicket.
In fact, Ajinkya Rahane also got out against the ball which kept low. Rahane was plumbed in front of the wickets. Nathan Lyon who was the unlucky bowler as two chances were fluffed in his previous over, was able to get Rahane’s wicket.
Furthermore, Rohit Sharma made an unbeaten knock of 63 runs. The stage was set for Rohit Sharma and the flamboyant batter was able to grab his opportunity. However, Sharma had the rub of the green on his side as Peter Siddle bungled his catch.
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Rishabh Pant played in his own style to clout a quickfire knock of 39 runs. Indian bowlers asked the right questions from the Australian openers. However, the hosts were able to get back into the dressing room without any damage in the wickets column.
Brief scores at stumps on day 2 – India – 443/7 (Cheteshwar Pujara 106, Virat Kohli 82), Pat Cummins: 3-72.
Australia – 8/0 (Marcus Harris 5*, Aaron Finch 3*)