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India vs Australia: Twitter Showers Praise on Agarwal for Smashing Debut

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: December 26, 2018, 1:24 PM IST
India vs Australia: Twitter Showers Praise on Agarwal for Smashing Debut

Mayank Agarwal. (BCCI)

India edged Australia to take the honours on what was another day of attritional cricket in the series as the visitors finished Day 1 of the Boxing Day Test with 215 for 2 on board at the packed Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday (December 26).

Australia would have had a better day had Tim Paine held onto a catch of Virat Kohli late in the final session.

Electing to bat first, India were off to a decent start with both the new openers Mayank Agarwal and Hanuma Vihari batting patiently. The deck, despite the tinge of grass, offered almost nothing to the bowlers which saw Nathan Lyon come on to bowl in the eight over of the day.

Vihari was struck on his helmet by a sharp bouncer from Pat Cummins and fell to the same bowler trying to fend a short ball away, thereby ending the 40-run opening stand.

Mayank Agarwal who became only the second Indian batsman to open the innings on Test debut in Australia; joining Amir Elahi at Sydney in 1947 played really well and went onto to become only the second Indian opener to score a fifty on debut away from home after the great Sunil Gavaskar.

Agarwal was out at the stroke of the Tea interval for a well-made 76, caught down the leg side of Cummins.

There was more to rejoice for Australian fans as former skipper Ricky Ponting was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame during the Tea interval.

In the last session, Cheteshwar Pujara continued his good run of form, bringing up his 21st Test fifty to bat through to stumps with Kohli at the other end, looking in fine form as ever before Starc almost had him.

First Published: December 26, 2018, 1:11 PM IST

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