Ind vs Aus 3rd Test Day 2: India Declares at 443/7; Pujara Scores a Century

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Source: Hindustan Times

Indian batsmen made the Australian bowlers sweat, toil and struggle on an almost flat deck at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Day 2 of the third test match. The rock- Cheteshwar Pujara brought up 17th Test century, the second of this tour but captain Virat Kohli missed his 26th Test century by 18 runs. Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant and Ajinkya Rahane accelerated as India declared at 443/7. Australia is 8/0 at stumps.

For Australia, Pat Cummins was the pick of the bowlers as he bagged three for 72, followed by Mitchell Starc’s figures of two for 87. Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon also chipped in with a wicket each.

Session 1:

Continuing on Day 1’s score of 215/2, Virat Kohli quickly brought up his half-century.

Cheteshwar brought up his 17th Test century in 280 balls. This was his slowest but one of the most important centuries he has scored.

India went into lunch at 277/2 with Pujara on 103* and Kohli on 69*. No wicket fell in the morning session.

Session 2:

170 run partnership was broken by Mitchell Stark. Kohli hit a rising delivery straight into the hands of Aaron Finch at third man and missed out on his 26th Test century. He made 82 with 9 smashing boundaries.

Pujara too fell immediately. His 319 ball innings came to an end as a Pat Cummins delivery didn’t bounce and went straight onto the stumps. He made 106 runs with 10 brilliant boundaries.

At tea, India was at 346/4 with vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane on 30* and Rohit Sharma on 13*.

Session 3:

Nathan Lyon caught Ajinkya Rahane plumb in front of the wickets. He made 34. Rishabh Pant then joined Rohit Sharma. The duo added quick runs. Pant made 39 while Rohit Sharma remained not out on 63 when captain Kohli declared the innings on 443/7.

At stumps on Day 2, Australia is 8/0, trailing by 435 runs. Marcus Harris and Aaron Finch are on 5* and 3* respectively.

 

 

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