Test 3: India Declares at 443/7 on Day 2

By Dhanu Delphi on December 27, 2018

The third Test of the four-Test series between India and Australia is currently underway in Melbourne. After reaching a total of 443/7 in 169.4 overs, India finally declared its first innings score. There were seven overs remaining when India’s skipper, Virat Kohli, declared the first innings with 25 minutes of play remaining.

By the end of day two, India led Australia by 435 runs at stumps.

Indian Batsmen Add Up the Runs

Although Hanuma Vihair was caught after just eight runs, the Indian batsmen took turns to add runs to the total. Mayank Agarwal reached a half century, and ended on 76 runs before Tim Paine caught him out. Cheteshwar Pujara completed a century with a 106-run total before Pat Cummins bowled him out. Virat Kohli, caught by Aaron Finch, added 82 runs to the total, and Ajinkya Rahane added 34 before his LBW.  Rohit Sharma came in next adding another 63 runs not out to the game while Rishabh Pant added 39 runs.

Pujara Does it Again

The notable 170-run stand between Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara helped India dominate the first innings of Test 3. After the openers fell, the two top quality batsmen formed a strong partnership.

While Kohli may have hoped to make his seventh Australian century, it was not to be. Pujara’s 106 took him to his 17th Test century. Since the start of the series, Pujara has scored more runs than any other batsman in the current Test series. This series alone added two centuries to his total.

Aaron Finch Comments

Aaron Finch, the Australian opener, commented on India declaring close to the end of the day. He said: “I wasn’t surprised at all, especially with us having been in the field for two days. It was attraction of having us at two down overnight, and it is really positive. I thought most teams in their position would have done the same things.”