Published On: Thu, Dec 27th, 2018

Australia vs India: The Century of Pujara and the leadership of Kohli reinforces India.

A 170-run stand between century-old Cheteshwar Pujara and captain Virat Kohli ensured that India dominated Australia’s second day of the third test.

Shortly after dinner, the couple dropped in rapid succession to offer the hosts a main breakthrough on a batting-friendly Melbourne pitch.

India lastly proclaimed 443-7 with the remaining seven overs.

The pressure was on Marcus Harris and Aaron Finch openers, but on 8-0 Australia made it to the end of the game.

Kohli and Pujara - india24x7news

Kohli and Pujara – india24x7news

Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli were looking powerful against the bowlers in Australia

When openers Hanuma Vihari and Mayank Agarwal fell on the first day and continued to create a powerful relationship, Pujara and Kohli had come together.

Kohli, in Australia chasing a seventh hundred, was undone on 82 by Mitchell Starc, while Pujara produced 106 before Pat Cummins was bowled.

The 30-year-old-who scored more runs and faced more balls in the series than any other batsman-has now scored 17 test centuries, including two in this series, which is tied at 1-1.

Rohit Sharma, who was dropped on the 15th by fielder replacement Peter Siddle, came on to finish his 10th half-century test and was not 63 when Kohli stated.

It was a nervous moment for Harris and Finch and Jasprit Bumrah, a pace bowler, hit Harris with a brief ball on the helmet, but he was allowed to proceed after long medical personnel therapy.

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