India vs Australia: Cheteshwar Pujara Scores 17th Test Century, Second Of The Series

India vs Australia: Cheteshwar Pujara Scores 17th Test Century, Second Of The Series

Cheteshwar Pujara is also the highest-run scorer of the ongoing Test series. © Twitter

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. 

This is the first time Pujara has scored two centuries in an overseas Test series.

During the course of his knock, Pujara also went past 2000 Test runs away from home in his 31st match at an average of over 39. He also went past 5200 runs in the longest format in his 113th innings at an average of over 50. 

At lunch on day two, India were 277 for two with Pujara not out on 103 and Kohli on 69, leaving Australia facing mounting problems on a lifeless pitch offering little for the bowlers.

India lost opening pair Hanuma Vihari and Mayank Agarwal on day one but it only served to bring two of the world’s best batsmen together, with their partnership now worth 154.

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India vs Australia Live Score, 3rd Test Day 2: Cheteshwar Pujara Scores 17th Century, India On Top

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Live updates between India Vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 2 straight from Melbourne Cricket Ground.

06:59 IST: Wide! Here comes some bonus runs for India. Mitchell Marsh, who replaced local boy Peter Handscomb, is yet to make a mark on his return.

06:52 IST: Virat Kohli has become the second highest run-scorer in Australia after Sachin Tendulkar. Tendulkar has scored 1,809, while Kohli now has 1,237 runs to name. With this, he surpassed VVS Laxman (1,236) and Rahul Dravid (1,143) as well. 

06:46 IST: HUNDRED! Pujara scores his 17th Test century off 280 balls. India are 271/2 in 113.1 overs. With this, he completed 322 runs in the ongoing Test series, maximum by any batsman.

06:43 IST: 1 run! Kohli pushes it to deep backward point to get a single. Comfortable enough. 

06:38 IST: Two runs from the over by Mitchell Marsh. India are 264/2 in 111 overs.

06:35 IST: Pujara was the only batsman to score a century in the first Test against Australia in Adelaide that India won by 31 runs.

06:30 IST: Cheteshwar Pujara is the leading run-scorer in the four-Test series so far with 312 runs. Captain Virat Kohli is on the second spot with 243 runs. This is Pujara’s personal best as well in a Test series away from home.

06:24 IST: FOUR! Pujara enters nineties with an impressive boundary. There are 10 overs to go before lunch. Let’s see if he manages to convert it into a triple-digit mark before the end of the morning session.

06:22 IST: FOUR! Beautiful. A magical shot by Virat Kohli. India are 255/2 after 107 overs.

06:18 IST: End of the over! India get four runs from the 106th over. Good use of feet have gifted the visitors these runs. Both Pujara and Kohli are playing smart cricket as Australia bowlers come resilient.

06:13 IST: Hazlewood bowls another maiden over. it was his ninth in the third Test. Both Pujara and Kohli are cautious amid aggressive bowling attack.

06:05 IST: Drinks are on the field now! the first one hour of the day has been positive for the visitors. They have scored 31 runs without any loss of wicket. Besides, Kohli hit his 20th Test half-century and Pujara gained confidence on course for his 17th Test century.

06:02 IST: No run from the over! Some hostile fast bowling on display by Josh Hazlewood. India are 246/2 in 103 overs.

05:52 IST: FOUR! Kohli continues with his luck on the second day. Australia had the trap set for the Indian captain but Aaron Finch decided not to go for an effort at the second slip.

05:50 IST: Lyon concedes just one run in the 100th over. India are 241/2 with Pujara (82*) and Kohli (56*) in charge.

05:47 IST: Spinner Nathan Lyon to attack from the other end.

05:46 IST: A maiden over by Hazlewood to start with. India are still 240/2 after 99 overs.

05:43 IST: First change of the day! Josh Hazlewood replaces Mitchell Starc.

05:41 IST: This year, Pat Cummins has been the most successful bowler for Australia in Tests. He has claimed 37 wickets in eight Test matches in 2018.

05:35 IST: FOUR! Well controlled shot from Pujara gets him a boundary behind square on the off-side. It brings up 240 runs for India. No wicket has been fallen on the second day so far.

05:33 IST: The 100-run stand between Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara is the third such partnership for the third-wicket in a Test match against Australia in this year. This is the maximum against any team in 2018.

05:27 IST: Nicely tucked away! Pujara pushes it towards long leg to take a single and remain on strike for the next over.

05:22 IST: Three runs from the over! India are 233/2 after 94 overs. Two runs came off the last delivery by Pat Cummins. Kohli flicked and missed but managed to get a double leg byes.

05:15 IST: 3 runs! Incredible display of footwork by Kohli. No one could smash it better. It takes India to 230 with a loss of two wickets.

05:09 IST: End of the over! India are 227/2 after 91 overs. It has been a bright start for India on Day 2 as they scored 12 runs off the first two overs.

05:06 IST: FOUR! Edged but runs! Pujara gets some quick runs here. And it brings up a 100-run partnership stand between Kohli and Pujara.

05:03 IST: FIFTY! Virat Kohli hits his 20th Test fifty off 110 balls. He runs for a quick three as the fielder at min-on takes much time while chasing the ball.

05:00 IST: Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara are out in the middle to resume Indian innings. Pat Cummins will bowl the first over for Australia.

04:55 IST: India were 215/2 on the first day of the third Test.

04:50 IST: Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the second day of the third Test between India and Australia at the MCG, Melbourne.

But the exciting Agarwal rose to the challenge in front of 73,500 fans after India won an important toss and opted to bat on a pitch that is expected to deteriorate as the match wears on. He stroked 76 and was looking impregnable before Cummins had him caught behind by Tim Paine as he gloved the last ball before tea down the legside. 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 four-Test series is tied 1-1 after India won the opening clash in Adelaide by 31 runs and Australia drew level with a 146-run victory in Perth, making Melbourne a crunch encounter. Agarwal, who has been in fine domestic form, scored his first Test runs with a three through the covers off Josh Hazlewood and he had plundered 17 before the more cagey Hanuma Vihari, promoted to open from number six in Perth, troubled the scorers.

After two lively pitches in Adelaide and Perth produced results, the track in Melbourne was not bowler-friendly and skipper Paine brought on spinner Nathan Lyon in only the seventh over to see if he could weave some magic. But it was Cummins who got the breakthrough. Vihari had already taken a nasty blow on the helmet in the 12th over, with the physio needed to check he was okay. The right-hander continued but when he tried to avoid another brutal Cummins bouncer the ball pinged off his glove. Aaron Finch took an easy catch in the slips and he was gone for eight. All-rounder Mitch Marsh was then brought into the attack only to be met with boos from a section of the crowd, having been recalled in place of local boy Peter Handscomb. But Agarwal was unflappable and glided to his maiden Test 50 off 95 balls by effortlessly drilling a Lyon delivery past the non-striker for four. His 76 is the highest by an Indian opener so far this series. At the other end the patient Pujara deployed his usual blocking technique, picking off runs from loose balls.

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Madhya Pradesh elections 2018 Rahul Gandhi will do roadshow in Bhopal on 17th September

भोपाल: मध्य प्रदेश में इस साल के अंत में विधानसभा चुनाव होने हैं. राज्य के दोनों मुख्य राजनीतिक दलों बीजेपी और कांग्रेस ने चुनाव की तैयारियों के लिए कमर कस ली है. इस बीच कांग्रेस अध्यक्ष राहुल गांधी विधानसभा चुनाव के मद्देनजर 17 सितंबर को भोपाल में रोड शो करेंगे. जानकारी के अनुसार, करीब 12 किलोमीटर रोड शो करने के बाद वह पार्टी के करीब 1,5000 कार्यकर्ताओं से संवाद भी करेंगे. 

जनता से सीधे ऑनलाइन संवाद करेगी कांग्रेस, जुटा रही है ब्यौरा

मध्यप्रदेश कांग्रेस मीडिया विभाग की अध्यक्ष शोभा ओझा ने शुक्रवार को बताया, ‘‘राहुल गांधी 17 सितंबर को भोपाल आएंगे. वह दोपहर 12 बजकर 45 मिनट पर भोपाल स्थित राजा भोज हवाई अड्डे पर हवाई मार्ग से पहुंचेंगे. वहां से वह दोपहर एक बजे कार से रवाना होंगे और शहर के लालघाटी सर्कल पहुंचेंगे.’’ 

बीजेपी सरकार चुनावी फायदे के लिए कर रही है '€˜à¤¸à¤‚बल योजना'€™ के कोष का इस्तेमाल : कांग्रेस

1500 कार्यकर्ताओं से करेंगे डेढ़ घंटे संवाद
उन्होंने कहा, ‘‘उसके बाद वह एक बजकर 10 मिनट पर लालघाटी सर्कल से बस से रोड शो करेंगे, जो कलेक्टर रोड, रॉयल मार्केट ब्रिज, पीर गेट, वीआईपी रोड सर्कल, पॉलिटेक्निक चौराहा, रोशनपुरा सर्कल, अपेक्स बैंक सर्कल, बोर्ड ऑफिस सर्कल एवं कस्तूरबा नगर सर्कल के रास्ते भेल दशहरा मैदान होते हुए गुजरेगा.’’ इस दौरान उनके लिए सात जगहों पर स्वागत केंद्र बने होंगे, जहां कार्यकर्ता उनका स्वागत करेंगे. भेल दशहरा मैदान पहुंचने पर राहुल वहां पार्टी कार्यकर्ताओं से डेढ़ घंटे संवाद करेंगे. इस संवाद में कांग्रेस के करीब 1,5000 कार्यकर्ता भाग लेंगे, जिनमें ब्लॉक, जिला एवं प्रदेश स्तर के कार्यकर्ता, पार्षद एवं पार्टी के बड़े नेता मौजूद रहेंगे.

पीएम के नक्शे कदम पर कांग्रेस, लोगों तक पहुंचने के लिए सोशल मीडिया का सहारा

राहुल की रैली से कांग्रेस करना चाहती है शक्ति प्रदर्शन
कांग्रेस राहुल के इस रोड शो को ऐतिहासिक बनाने में जुटी है. रोड शो के जरिए कांग्रेस अपनी शक्ति का प्रदर्शन करने के साथ ही प्रदेश की जनता के बीच पार्टी के पक्ष में चुनावी माहौल बनाना चाहती है, ताकि सत्तारूढ़ बीजेपी को लगातार चौथी बार मध्यप्रदेश में सरकार बनाने से रोका जा सके. बाद में वह शाम साढ़े छह बजे राजा भोज हवाई अड्डे से दिल्ली के लिए रवाना हो जाएंगे.

(इनपुट भाषा से)

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Sri Lanka’s Galle Stadium Could Be Demolished To Save 17th Century Dutch Fort

Rated as one of the most picturesque cricket grounds in the world, Sri Lanka‘s Galle International Stadium could be demolished because its pavilion stand violated heritage laws protecting a 17th-century Dutch fort, the government said on Friday. The iconic stadium, which was established in 1984, is cornered on two sides by the ocean and is overseen by the Dutch fort. After making its Test debut in 1998, the ground was largely destroyed by the horrific tsunami which struck the region in December 2004.

Cultural Affairs Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe told parliament the fort risked losing UNESCO World Heritage status because of unauthorised construction, including the 500-seat pavilion.

“We have to decide if we want to remain in the World Heritage list or keep the pavilion,” Rajapakshe said.

Rajapkshe noted however that the government plans to build another stadium in Galle, 115 kilometers (72 miles) south of Colombo. “We could have another cricket grounds in Galle soon,” he added.

The Galle surface is traditionally spin friendly and has been a lucky venue for the national team. Sri Lanka has won a majority of matches played there since 1998. 

Last week, they won the first Test against South Africa by 278 runs with two days to spare.

“There will be no immediate demolition of the Galle Stadium,” Sports Minister Faiszer Musthapha said. 

“We want to maintain the World Heritage status for the fort. We will work out an alternative” for the cricket stadium, he added.

Official sources said a November Test match against England could be the final international at the current Galle stadium.

Souther Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka noted that the UNESCO did not object to the cricket grounds, but wanted unauthorised structures around it removed, including the two-storey pavilion. 

The building named after former president Mahinda Rajapakse obstructs the view of the fort from the main Galle road.

The fort was initially built by the Portuguese who colonised the island in 1505. However, many of the buildings at the site were built by the Dutch who drove out the Portuguese in 1640.

The English captured Galle in 1796, but did not make any significant alterations to the structures in the walled city. It is now a key tourist attraction.

(With AFP Inputs)

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17th Century Kerala Palace Reopened For Public Post Facelift

It was built for regent queen Umayamma Rani of the Venad royal family in 17th century.

Thiruvananthapuram:  A 17th century palace, which houses a numismatic and folklore museum, was reopened here today for public after remaining closed for four years for renovation.

The architectural marvel, the Koyikkal Palace, located in Nedumangadu about 18 km from here, has been a tourist attraction of south Kerala since the state Archaeology department took over its upkeep in 1980.

With sloping gabled roofs and spacious rooms laid out around an open central courtyard, the two-storey structure was built for regent queen Umayamma Rani of the Venad royal family in 17th century.

State Minister for Archaeology and Archives, Kadannappally Ramachandran, who opened the renovated palace and museum, said the state government had given administrative sanction for Rs 66 lakh for the second phase of renovation of the palace.

 “Heritage museums are the symbols of the bygone era and the young generation should show interest in learning about the cultural heritage of the country,” he said.

He also released a brochure on the palace museum by handing over its first copy to Chettachal Sahadevan, Chairman, Nedumangad Municipal Corporation.

C Divakaran, lawmaker, who presided over the function, said the palace needed a proper security system as the museum has rare ancient coins and priceless folklore objects.

 He also suggested setting up of a research centre at the palace to enable scholars the world over to come and study the heritage of the region.

The heritage museum has been functioning at the palace since 1992.

Its gallery houses rare coins used in various civilisations, including ancient Rome, throwing light into the maritime and mercantile ties of the region with the outside world.

The museum is also a treasure house of folklore fripperies, ancient domestic equipment, traditional and quaint music instruments, weapons and a wide range of other objects of antiquity.

The renovation was conducted by Keralam-Museum of History and Heritage, the nodal agency of the state government for such works, official sources added.   

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