A 170-run stand between century-maker Cheteshwar Pujara and captain Virat Kohli guaranteed India dominated day two of the third Test in Australia.

The group fell in quick series shortly after lunch to allow the hosts a key break through onto a batting-friendly pitch in Melbourne.

The pressure has been on openers Marcus Harris and Aaron Finch however Australia made it to the close of play on 8-0.

Pujara and Kohli had come together when openers Hanuma Vihari and Mayank Agarwal fell daily one and continued to establish a powerful partnership.

Kohli, pursuing a hundred in Australia, was undone by Mitchell Starc on 82, while Pujara made 106 before being clubbed by Pat Cummins.

Even the 30-year-old – who’s scored more runs and faced more chunks than any batsman at the show – has scored 17 Test centuries, including two within this set, which is tied at 11.

Rohit Sharma, who was dropped by substitute fielder Peter Siddle on 15, continued to complete his 10th Evaluation halfcentury and was 63 out not when Kohli announced.

It was a nervy time for Harris and Finch and pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah struck Harris on the helmet with a short chunk, but he was able to continue after lengthy treatment by medical team.


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