3rd Test Australia vs India, MCG: India’s make-shift opener Hanuma Vihari looked balanced, solid and compact in his 66-ball stay at the crease in the ongoing third Test against Australia at MCG. Vihari battled all the odds to survive against one of the best fast-bowling attacks in the world. But, a well-directed bouncer from Pat Cummins ended Vihari’s vigil who departed for 8.
With this wicket of Vihari, Cummins handed Australia the first blood in the Boxing Day showdown. It also helped the hosts to break the dangerous looking opening stand. Cummins bowled a brilliant bouncer that skid in from a length, it caught Vihari off-guard. The Indian batsman took his eyes off the ball only for it to take the glove and loop towards the cordon where Aaron Finch takes an easy catch at the second slip.
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Earlier, India skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat in the third Test against Australia at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground. The series locked 1-1 after India winning the opening Test in Adelaide and the hosts taking the second in Perth.
Opener Mayank is making his Test debut for India. The visitors have dropped both the openers — KL Rahul and Murali Vijay and brought back Rohit Sharma. All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja will also play his first Test of the series, having recovered from his shoulder stiffness. Australia have made one change to their side replacing Peter Handscomb with Mitchell Marsh.
India: Virat Kohli (C), Mayank Agarwal, Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah.
Australia: Marcus Harris, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine (wk/C), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood.