Indian skipper Virat Kohli and first drop Cheteshwar Pujara will look to continue their partnership in order to guide their side to a big first-innings total on Day two of the third Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Thursday. The Australian bowlers, on the other hand, need to bag a couple of quick strikes in order to bring the hosts back in the contest.
Pujara (104) and Kohli (74) continue to pile pressure on the Australian bowlers to help India keep accumulating runs and move quickly towards 300-run mark in their first innings. Kohli now has over 1,570 runs against Australia which is his most against any opponent. Meanwhile, the hosts are still searching for wickets to bring themselves back into the game. India 284/2 (121 overs).
Cheteshwar Pujara brought up his 17th Test century and second of the series with a beautiful drive off Nathan Lyon for four on day two of the third Test against Australia in Melbourne on Thursday. The experienced Pujara, who has scored more runs and faced more balls than any other batsman in the series, was 68 not out overnight and continued slowly to build on his total. Pujara’s fourth Test century against Australia is also his slowest in the longest format of the game and also the third slowest by an Indian in Australia, behind Sunil Gavaskar (286 balls, Adelaide 1985) and current India coach Ravi Shastri (307 balls, SCG 1992). Pujara is also the fifth Indian batsman to score a century in the Boxing Day Test. Pujara (322), the highest-run scorer of the series, now has most runs for him in a series away from home going past 309 runs in Sri Lanka in 2017.
Kohli (69) and Pujara (103) continue to stand firm at the crease to help India reach 277/ 2 at lunch on Day Two of the third Test. The duo has added 154 runs for the third wicket as the visitors are quickly approaching the 300-run mark.