India vs Australia 2018 3rd Test MCG: Debutant Mayank Agarwal hasn’t put a foot wrong so far in his maiden international outing for India during the ongoing third Test against Australia at MCG. After putting up a splendid show with the bat on day 1, Mayank didn’t got a chance to showcase his other cricketing skills on the second day due to a Cheteshwar Pujara special and captain Virat Kohli’s marathon knock. However, the rookie opener wasted no time to get into the thick of the action on day 3 as he picked up a stunning catch to dismiss explosive Aussie opener – Aaron Finch. With another failure, Finch’s horrid run in the four-match Test series continues.
Credit for Finch’s wicket also goes to Indian captain Virat Kohli, who quickly figures out burly opener’s tendency to play uppish flicks. He placed Mayank at short mid-wicket and draws the false shot from Finch. Ishant pitches this one on a length and seemingly lures him into the leg-side rat-trap. On a length, forcing him to play the glance on the up on a two-paced pitch, and he whips it to the left of Agarwal who shows off his youthful reflexes to snaffle that out of thin air. Athletic stuff from the debutant, he shines again at the big stage.
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Earlier on day two, Cheteshwar Pujara produced yet another classy hundred and stitched a 170-run stand with captain Virat Kohli (82) to put India in command against Australia on day 2 of the third Test in Melbourne on Thursday. Pujara hit his second century of the series, a dogged but faultless 106 off 319 balls, to ensure that India consolidated the good start of the first day. It was though his slowest hundred in Test cricket yet. (Australia vs India – Day 2 Highlights)
Kohli, who contributed a significant 82 off 204 balls, made a surprising declaration and finished India’s first innings at 443 for 7. Rohit Sharma ended on 63 not out off 114 balls, inclusive of five fours, while Pat Cummins was the pick of the Australian bowlers, taking 3/72 in a back-breaking effort of 34 overs.