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India vs Australia, 3rd Test in Melbourne Highlights - As It Happened

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: December 26, 2018, 1:27 PM IST

3rd Test, Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne 26 - 30 December, 2019

Toss won by India (decided to bat)

India beat Australia by 137 runs

Man of the Match: Jasprit Bumrah


That will be stumps. Completely dominated by India you feel. The new look opening pair of Agarwal and Vihari started well for India, Debutant Agarwal getting a fine 76 on debut. Cummins got two wickets for the hosts but then Pujara and Kohli have played beautifully to take India to 215/2 at stumps


Some words exchanged here between Hazlewood and Pujara. The big fast bowler just seems frustrated, been that kind of a day. So much effort without much results. Important for India to keep their calm here.


DROPPED! Starc's induces the outside edge there, with his angle, and Kohli gets an outside edge which goes flying towards Paine. But it dips and he gets a glove on it, only to drop it. How crucial will that prove to be, a fiery spell from Starc here though


The new ball is certainly doing something but the Aussie bowlers would like to improve their accuracy here, the key is to make Pujara and Kohli play as many balls as possible here. We still have 5 overs remaining here


The new ball has been taken here from Australia and they will be looking to get a couple of wickets before play ends. India seem to be in complete control at the moment but a couple of quick wickets here can quickly turn the game around. Important for India to reach stumps without further damage


Both Indian batsmen continue to milk in the runs here, Australian bowlers are really struggling at the moment with the heat. Will be interesting to see if Australia immediately take the new ball or wait to give Lyon another look in!


Exquisite shot from Kohli as he hits Lyon through the covers for a fine boundary, the Indian captain as usual seems to be batting on a completely different surface. India really taking control of this game here


The new ball will be due in six overs here, India currently looking solid with both Pujara and Kohli going strong at the moment. Not much in the pitch for the bowlers here and India will be hoping that these two players can keep things solid.


That looks nasty, Hazlewood gets one to rise just enough there and he seems to have wrapped Pujara on the glove. He seems to be in some pain as the physio is called out here. Players take time to refuel themselves as well

11:22(IST) This is how bad the review was from Australia!

Aussies lose a review here and that's more to do with the batsman you feel. Loud appeal against Kohli for lbw but its turned down, he had gotten his front leg way outside the off stump but still Australia opt for a review here. They lose it quickly as well as replays show he was indeed struck outside the off stump


STAT ATTACK: 50 run Partnership between Kohli-Pujara for the 3rd wicket

 2nd 50 run partnership for the pair in 4 innings.
 3rd 50 run stand by the pair in this series for the 3rd wicket.
 7th 50+ run partnership for the 3rd wicket by India in this calendar year, the most by any team this year for 3rd wicket. Interestingly, all have come outside India.

6th fifty plus partnership for 3rd wicket against Australia in 2018 — the most against any team in this year for 3rd wicket.


50! That's the half-century from Chetehswar Pujara, he has taken his time but more importantly looked solid out in the middle. The partnership with Kohli also reaches 50. Pujara completes the half-century off 152 balls and it is important he makes it a big one here


Just as we say that, Nathan Lyon comes into the attack here! He starts by conceding 2 runs here. Almost a collision with Kohli as Lyon dives right across the Indian skipper to save the ball.


Mitchell Marsh now concedes just 1 run in the over, Australia need a few quiet overs here and pile on the pressure on Indian batsmen. No Nathan Lyon yet after the tea session and that's interesting considering he has good results against both these batsmen!


Kohli almost scoring at run a ball here, again gets an outside edge and it goes between the slips and the gully for a boundary. Not the most convincing but the Indian skipper will take the runs as they come here. India certainly upping the scoring rate in the final session here


Mitchell Starc comes into the attack for Australia here, some width offered to Pujara and he makes the most of it. Onto the backfoot and he hits it in the air - but safely - over the point field for a boundary. Helps him to move to 44. The run rate though is still only around 2.50 for India here


Virat Kohli continues to stay solid here, he is really looking to up the scoring rate here since he knows that the pitch doesn't have much to offer. Another on drive goes past the bowler for a boundary. He then gets a nick which goes past first slip for a boundary, playing with soft hands was the key there even though he pushed at the ball there


Pure class from Kohli as he hits one through the on side. Using his wrists perfectly there, Travis Heads gives the ball a chase and that is just a lazy effort. Uses only one hand to stop the ball but to no avail, Kohli gets his first boundary there.


Not much in this pitch for the bowlers you feel, but with the sun belting down, spinners will surely come into play. Especially on Day 3 and Day 4. India should be looking to post a huge first innings total here to keep the scoreboard pressure on Australia


Cummins is bowling extremely well at the moment, wraps Pujara on the pads there but a thin inside edge saves the Indian batsman there. Pujara has already played 120 balls here, for his 38 runs. India need him to make the most as he is settled


FOUR! Pitched up from Hazlewood and Pujara brings out the off drive to hit the ball straight past the bowler for a boundary. Excellent shot that, Hazlewood almost gets the wicket on the last ball as he bowls it short and Pujara pulls it but with no control over that shot. Still picks two though.


Cummins almost gets the wicket of the Indian captain! The Aussie pacer certainly getting the ball to shape in a bit here, Kohli looks to block it but gets an inside edge which goes just over the off-stump. Paine was almost celebrating then. Kohli though picks a quick two!


Virat Kohli has come out to join Cheteshwar Pujara in the middle. The Indian captain will certainly enjoy batting on this pitch, important for India that he gets a big score to ensure India reach a dominating position early in the Test. Pujara meanwhile will be looking to continue and grind the Aussie bowlers down. Intriguing session ahead of us here!


India vs Australia, 3rd Test in Melbourne Highlights - As It Happened

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India vs Australia Live Score & Latest Updates: That will be stumps. Completely dominated by India you feel. The new look opening pair of Agarwal and Vihari started well for India, Debutant Agarwal getting a fine 76 on debut. Cummins got two wickets for the hosts but then Pujara and Kohli have played beautifully to take India to 215/2 at stumps
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Here’s wishing Hanuma Vihari and Rohit Sharma a Merry Christmas. One of the two will open the batting for India in the Boxing Day Test against Australia, after the management decided to drop both KL Rahul and M Vijay. Mayank Agarwal will make his Test debut, just reward for having a super bumper domestic season. India departed from norm and named their playing eleven a day in advance, leaving no room for speculation. R Ashwin has not recovered fully from his abdominal strain and Ravindra Jadeja was named as the frontline spinner in the mix. The three fast bowlers who have kept India in the running and taken them ahead when supported — Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah — are thankfully untouched.

All this, of course, goes with the rider that all players named in the eleven are fit, continue to stay fit and do not develop any conditions in the 24 hours leading up to the game. It was only one Test ago that India named Jadeja in the 13 only for the coach to reveal a week later that the left-arm spinner was unfit and therefore unavailable for selection for the Perth Test. The choice of opening partner to bat with the debutant is an interesting one. With four openers to choose from (including Parthiv Patel) India have decided to send up a middle-order batsman.
MSK Prasad, the chairman of selectors, while conceding that it was the team management that picked the eleven and made decisions regarding batting orders and things of the kind, said it would be Vihari to open.

“We have called in Mayank Agarwal and he is in good form after that India A series, so naturally he gets into the side. And the way Vihari batted, it convinced everybody that he has got that sound technique to play,” said Prasad. "Going by current form, we all know that the current openers are not really living up to the expected things. That is the reason why… It’s really unfortunate. I can definitely say that it’s really unfortunate but going not only by form but we also look at the combinations – what Vihari can offer, what Parthiv Patel may not offer. All those things are taken into consideration while picking the XI.” Vihari, who is all of two Tests old, has done a job in the lower order, showing determination and promise and always looking like he belonged. Was it then a touch unfair to displace him and send him up the order? “It’s fine. Technically we feel that he is well equipped, there were times where Pujara also opened when the team required. The team demands it and definitely I hope he will come out successful. Definitely it is not a long-term solution, I can tell you that.”

Naturally, watchers of this Indian team will struggle to escape the sneaking feeling that Rohit is also in contention for an opening spot. He made the move from middle-order to opening successfully in One-Day Internationals, and despite what the chairman of selectors says, the team could be tempted into taking a punt on him in a similar role in Test cricket as well.The state of the pitch on the final day and the result of the toss could have a say in sorting this out, and it is fair to assume that Vihari is the default option, with Rohit being a dark horse. Virat Kohli believed that this pitch would have enough in it to keep the bowlers interested, despite suggestions that it could be a touch too flat and end up not producing an outright result even after five days of play. “Last time, the pitch played a big part in not being able to have a result either ways, for both sides. But seeing the pitch now, it has much more grass than it had last time and I hope that it is a lively pitch. I hope it does as much as it did in the first two games because as a side, you always know that you are in for a result that way,” said Kohli.

“The surface, what I saw yesterday, looked pretty dry underneath. There is a good coverage of grass which should keep the surface intact but again, we have to figure out on the field how the pitch actually plays and then figure out our plans accordingly. I think it should have enough for the bowlers to stay interested on all days of the Test match and hopefully, it’s a much more lively wicket than the last time we played here.” On that happy note, here’s wishing the two teams the best of the season, and for the fans’ sake a lively pitch that allows bright cricket to be played.

India XI: Mayank Agarwal, Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (capt), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah

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