Australia vs India 2018, 3rd Test HighlightsDay 1: Debutant Mayank Agarwal provided the base with a confident half-century before Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara steered India to a solid 215/2 on day one of the third Test against Australia on Wednesday. Agarwal, thrusted into the squad following the failure of KL Rahul and Murali Vijay, responded with a 76-run knock off balls, sorting out India’s opening woes to some extent.
The conditions, though, were completely different from what Rahul and Vijay had countered in bowler-friendly Adelaide and Perth.The MCG pitch turned out to be docile, ideal for someone making his Test debut as the Australian pacers had to bend their back to get the Kookaburra ball to rise sharply. Make-shift opener Hanuma Vihari did not make many runs, getting just 8 off 68 balls in his 40-run stand with Agarwal but they batted out 18.5 overs, India’s longest opening stand in terms of balls faced in Test cricket across Australia, New Zealand, England and South Africa since December 2010. (Read Full Preview of 3rd Test – AUS vs IND)