Only two down at stumps. Runs have been hard to come by on another attritional day. Top bowling and quality batting. #AUSvIND
— Anand Vasu (@anandvasu) December 26, 2018
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) December 26, 2018
Was hard work but India can be satisfied they won the day. — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 26, 2018
Runs have been at a premium, but India with only two batsmen dismissed hold the edge. Of course a 2-3 quick wickets tomorrow could change the equation dramatically. Much depends on how Pujara-Kohli negotiate first hour. Story of first day surely Mayank Agarwal’s fine debut — Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) December 26, 2018
Official attendance for Day 1 of the Boxing Day Test is 73,516 #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/bM44vQEti0
— Melbourne Cricket Ground (@MCG) December 26, 2018
Australia would have had a better day had Tim Paine held onto a catch of Virat Kohli late in the final session.
Dropped! Kohli gets a life after a tough chance goes down #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/2p3A7ppOra — #7Cricket (@7Cricket) December 26, 2018
India's batting scoring rate in this series is only 2.69, the lowest for them in a series for 17 years. Is it due to pitches or Australia's bowling? #AusvInd
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) December 26, 2018
Solid batting performance by India on Day 1.
Young Mayank Agarwal was the star of the day for me. It’s always very satisfying to see young players coming through ranks and doing well in Test cricket. #INDvsAUS #BoxingDayTest
— Madhav Sharma (@HashTagCricket) December 26, 2018
Everybody moaning about the pitch. Wait until India have finished and then wait until Australia have finished. After that, if it requires moaning, by all means, moan..but wait till both teams have batted once at least #AUSvIND — Hemant (@hemantbuch) December 26, 2018
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.
— Glenn Maxwell (@Gmaxi_32) December 26, 2018
pic.twitter.com/JsakXFiRzE — Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) December 26, 2018
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.
Cummins has been pick of bowlers. Sharp and ability to get bounce from short of a length had been troubling Vihari. But a decent start for India. Debutant Agarwal has shown some sparkling strokes too
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) December 26, 2018
Hanuma Vihari dismissed for 8 off 66 (SR 12.12) — lowest SR for an Indian opener in an innings with 50+ balls faced since 2007. Rahul Dravid was the last Indian opener with even lower SR with 5 off 66 (SR 7.57) at the same MCG during Boxing Day Test of 2007.#INDvAUS #AUSvIND — Abhishek Kumar (@abhik2593) December 26, 2018
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.
Fifty on debut for Mayank Agarwal with a nonchalant straight drive past Lyon. He’s waited long for this chance and is making the most of it. #AUSvIND
— Anand Vasu (@anandvasu) December 26, 2018
Mayank Agarwal now the only 2nd Indian make a 50+ on Test debut on Australian soil after Dattu Phadkar (51) at SCG in Dec 1947! #AusvInd#AusvsInd — Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 26, 2018
A mountain of runs by @mayankcricket finally got the 5 (or 3) wise men to give him his due. A good debut by him. I hope he gets a consistent run and goes from strength to strength. — Anirudh Chaudhry (@AnirudhChaudhry) December 26, 2018
— Vikram Sathaye (@vikramsathaye) December 26, 2018
Agarwal was out at the stroke of the Tea interval for a well-made 76, caught down the leg side of Cummins.
Anyway, job done Mayank. Almost sealed his spot for sometime. Karnataka batsmen never disappoint. — Short-arm Jabber (@mongoos_mande) December 26, 2018
Mayank Agarwal scores a nifty half century on debut. Shows the importance of always playing with those who are in splendid form. The guy has been scoring glut of runs in domestic circuit from last 2 years. Given India's opening woes in Tests, should have got chance much earlier..
— Navneet Mundhra (@navneet_mundhra) December 26, 2018
What are the odds! https://t.co/0vi3e1iqYg
— Kartik Jayaraman (@elitecynic) December 26, 2018
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.
Ricky Ponting at the tea break, inducted to the ICC hall of fame. #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/9vBsQ6OT0o — Adam Collins (@collinsadam) December 26, 2018
Ponting hall of fame pic.twitter.com/IqeLiZb0Dg — Jitender Singh (@j_dhillon6) December 26, 2018
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.
Pujara is a Test playing run machine
— Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) December 26, 2018
Most instances of a visiting #3 facing 200+ balls in Australia: -
7⃣ - Wally Hammond
4⃣ - John Edrich
3⃣ - Bill Edrich
3⃣ - Richie Richardson (WIN)
3⃣ - #cheteshwarpujara
What a knock by @cheteshwar1 as India end Day 1 at 215/2.#AUSvIND #AUSvsIND
— Victor Tarapore (@VictorTarapore) December 26, 2018
Starc v Kohli with the new ball is a real contest! #AUSvIND — Hemant (@hemantbuch) December 26, 2018