Melbourne Test: India 215/2 at stumps against Australia

Melbourne Test: India 215/2 at stumps against Australia

Melbourne Test: India 215/2 at stumps against Australia

3rd Test Day 1 updates: Resurgent India will take on the in-tune Australia in the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket ground on Wednesday, December 26.

It brought Kohli to the crease to a huge roar from the large Indian contingent at the MCG, and he set about building an unbroken 92-run partnership with the ever-reliable Pujara.

The hosts dismissed Kohli and Pujara for 76 and 106 respectively in Thursday's post-lunch session at the MCG.

His attacking intent pushed Lyon on the backfoot as the spinner failed to get any wicket. During the 2nd Test against India at Perth, he was heard asking Murali Vijay whether he "likes" his captain as a person. The duo have kept the scoreboard ticking with some sensible strokeplay and inch-perfect coordination.

When Australia play India, former Aussie pacer Mitchell Johnson can never be far away from it.

# Both the batsmen are steadily going for their shots as the ball grows older, aiding strokeplay.

Kohli was optimistic enough work had been done on the pitch to ensure a result.

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Cummins was the pick of Australia's bowlers.

At the other end, the patient Pujara deployed his usual blocking technique, picking off runs from loose balls.

India dominated the second session with Pujara and Agarwal showing a lot of resilience.

Pujara will resume on 68, eyeing his second ton of the series. The manner of his dismissal left Pujara looking stunned, after he had been struck on the glove earlier in the over by a rising delivery.

Pujara's vigil ended soon after with Cummins finding some luck to get a ball to shoot through low and hit off stump to end his 319-ball marathon.

# A lethal, well-directed bouncer by Pat Cummins has struck Vihari on the helmet with the batsman now being tended to by the medical staff! Hanuma Vihari and debutant Mayank Agarwal walked out to bat on a pitch which seemed pretty flat.

# The clash is all set to start soon with the national-anthem ceremonies being now conducted! On the eve of Boxing Day, India won the toss and chose to sharpen up their willow first.

Agarwai was keen to get a move on, and became the first Indian to make a half-century on Test debut in Australia since his country's first tour here in 1947. Vihari managed just eight runs but batted 66 balls.

Rohit Sharma has been included in the matchday lineup despite reports linking all-rounder Hardik Pandya with a possible inclusion.

Star offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin has again been ruled out, having not fully recovered from the abdominal strain that sidelined him in Perth.

Australia too have made one change to their playing eleven. With his steady knock in his very first global innings, the debutant has certainly ensured his place in the playing XI for the final test match of the series at the SCG as well. The two teams will be eyeing a victory on a pitch with a fair smattering of grass. However, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane (34) managed to put on 61 either side of the Tea interval to stretch India's total.

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