Australia v India day two snapshot

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Pujara brought up the 17th Test ton with a sweetly timed straight drive off Nathan Lyon, as Kohli closed in on the outright record for most Test centuries in Australia by an Indian.

"It was a tough day at the office, grinding Test cricket".

At stumps, Australia were placed at 8 for no loss from 6 overs with openers Aaron Finch and Marcus Harris were both unbeaten on 3 and 5 respectively.

Preview: India axed both openers Tuesday while Australia recalled allrounder Mitchell Marsh at the expense of struggling batsman Peter Handscomb for the high-stakes third Test.


Lyon didn't have to wait long for his first wicket, though, sending Ajinkya Rahane on his way the following over after trapping him LBW with a low skidding ball.

Australia finally catch one as Pant departs for 39. He was on 15 then. He was dismissed by Pat Cummins but Cheteshwar Pujara, who replaced Vihari, and Agarwal have ensured that the wicket has remained the only positive of the day so far for Australia.

The accelerating burst before the declaration never came as skipper Kohli called the batsmen in when Ravindra Jadeja (4) was caught behind off Josh Hazlewood (1/86).

The disciplined Pujara hit 10 fours in his 319-ball innings.


Pujara was 103 not out and Kohli on 69, the pair having built an 154-run stand as Australia's bowlers were condemned to a morning of toil on a lifeless Melbourne Cricket Ground wicket.

Archie was listed as co-captain on the team sheet and strode out to the middle with Paine as he and Indian counterpart Virat Kohli took part in the toss at the MCG.

Pat Cummins was the pick of the attack, taking two for 40. The recent addition to the list is the amusing conversation between Tim Paine and Aaron Finch where they tried to charge up Rohit Sharma in a bid to take an extra wicket before the tea time. There was not any major change in the pace of scoring though, with 36 runs coming in the first hour after lunch, and 33 runs in the second. Pujara and Kohli also scored runs to pile on to the hosts' miseries. Cheteshwar Pujara (68) and Virat Kohli (47) then added an unbroken 92 for the third wicket to put India in control.

Kohli quickly got into a rhythm when he arrived at the crease, accelerating the run rate as he rattled off a string of boundaries, with the signs ominous for Australia going into day two.


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