On a flat wicket in Melbourne, Australia did what they could but couldn’t gain fruits as hosts were able to take only two wickets at the end of first day’s play on day1 of the third test. While there haven’t been many positives for Australia to take from day 1 of the third test, India, on the other hand, had plenty. Let’s have a look at some of those:
1. Mayank Agarwal Starred On Day1:
Unarguably, Mayank Agarwal’s 76 was one of the biggest positives India could take away for the rest of the series. Finally, a half-century from an opener after two tests and to be honest, India needed that badly, hadn’t they? After scoring the bulk of runs in the domestic career, Mayank Agarwal, at last, got a chance in International cricket and Agarwal grabbed the opportunity with both hands, with gritty innings of 76 off 161 deliveries. Needless to say, the debutant played as he belonged.
2. Pujara’s Great Run Continues:
Skipper Virat Kohli insisted before the start of the third test that if India were to win the test, Indian batsmen needed to score runs to support the bowlers who haven’t been bowling wonderfully since last a year or so. And by looking at the batting line-up, in-form Pujara needed to stand up once again in order to pile-up a big total in the first inning. The test playing run-machine did not disappoint as once again the Rajkot batsman stood firm as he made the Aussie quicks toil, who is unbeaten at 68 at the end of Day 1 in Melbourne. Pujara has now the most number of runs (283) for him outside Asia and also the leading run-scorer in the series.
3. The Unstoppable Kohli:
It would be unfair if we stop praising Kohli much for his undying concentration on the field and love for the game, as this guy is just unstoppable. Getting Kohli out nowadays has been the second most important task for any team besides winning the series. Kohli, who is unbeaten on 47, has now the second most number of runs (224) in the series behind Pujara. Hopefully, if Pujara and Kohli continue to play like this, India could well script history by winning series against Australia in Australia for the first time ever.
India, right now, are in a strong position with 215 for 2 at the end of first day’s play in Melbourne.