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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.