Pujara scores second ton of Test series

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While discussing India's debutant, Mayank, O'Keefe, on air for Fox Cricket with Shane Warne and Mark Howard questioned the quality of Indian First-Class cricket tournament, Ranji Trophy when he said, in a very insulting manner, "Mayank Agarwal may have scored his 304 against 'some canteen staff or waiters". Cheteshwar Pujara (68) and Virat Kohli (47) then added an unbroken 92 for the third wicket to put India in control.

Marsh, Lyon, Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins all kept things tight, going at less than three runs an over.

He slogswept Lyon for six after the drinks break before eventually falling to Cummins at 123 for two.

Kohli, who contributed a significant 82 off 204 balls, made a surprising declaration and finished India's first innings at 443 for 7.

Agarwal, however, continued to bat along, bringing up his maiden half century on debut.

Agarwal was the more aggressive of India's new opening pair - alongside Hanuma Vihari, who was troubled by short deliveries. "Both grounds served up great Test match pitches that led to pulsating contests between India and Australia".

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With Sharma in the middle with Ajinkya Rahane, and Nathan Lyon into the attack, Paine mused at the fact that two players from Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians are in the middle to Aaron Finch at short leg, who has played for the latter franchise.

Pujara's vigil ended soon after with Cummins finding some luck to get a ball to shoot through low and hit off stump to end his 319-ball marathon. Agarwal has indicated a positive attitude and a desire to go for his shots despite some aggressive bowling by the Australian pace bowlers.

Archie's been heavily involved in the build-up, meeting his idols ahead of the first Test in Adelaide before re-joining the camp in the Victorian capital.

The four-match series is poised at 1-1, after Australia won the second match in Perth. With his steady knock in his very first worldwide innings, the debutant has certainly ensured his place in the playing XI for the final test match of the series at the SCG as well.

Vijay, on the other hand, has fared no better having managed to accumulate 49 runs in the series so far, with a highest score of just 20.

Midway through the afternoon session, Paine began prodding at new batsman Rohit Sharma under the lid as India fought back from losing two wickets after lunch.