Pujara leads the way in MCG Test grind

Pujara leads the way in MCG Test grind

"I think that absolutely all three results are still on the table 100 percent - India, Australia and a draw".

"I think we have enough runs on the board".

Resuming the final session at 346/4, India lost Rahane quickly to his old nemesis, Nathan Lyon, who sweated for 40 overs to get that one wicket in India's first essay.

Cape Town - With his efforts in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, India captain Virat Kohli overtook Rahul Dravid on the list of top scorers for India in overseas Tests in any calendar year.

Pujara said scoring 200 in a day was hard work on the MCG pitch and he warned the bounce would only vary more.

Australia's leading spinner finally got a reward in his next over, trapping vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane lbw for 34 as the pitch started to show signs of variable bounce which could spell trouble for the home batsmen.


Pujara, who has scored more runs and faced more balls than any other batsman in the series, added 38 to his overnight 68 in another tremendous knock by a man who has now scored 17 Test tons and two in this series. The kind of pace, as batsmen it is tough to get used to this pace. "So if it stays low, you have limited options", he said. Those were not short balls.

Although failing to grab a wicket, India's bowlers will head into day three hopeful of an early breakthrough after beating the bats of Harris and Finch with a slew of deliveries. They were back of length and I got hit on my gloves. Even in the first Test in Adelaide, Pujara got run out after scoring 123. With the way this series is placed, I think this is an important knock. "When you score a hundred in a winning cause, it makes the hundred really special", he said.

Australia's hopes of tearing into the tail were held up as Rishabh Pant was reprieved on 15 when he tried to smash Lyon over mid-on, with Cummins grassing a low chance.

Rohit Sharma was not out 63 after notching his 10th Test half-century when Kohli called a halt to the innings late in the day at 443 for seven as India go in search of a crucial 2-1 lead in the four-Test series.

"The ball I got out to, I felt I couldn't have done anything about that". I was getting out in 30s and 40s.

O'Keeffe was criticised on social media for the comment and the cricketer, who played 24 Tests for Australia, apologised on Thursday for comment on Agarwal, who scored 76 in his maiden Test appearance. After playing those matches, I knew what to expect here. "But I think bowling cross seam is obviously helping him (Cummins)", Pujara praised the fast bowler.

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