Kohli, Pujara primed to make Aussies sweat

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India’s two greatest batsmen are well-placed to capitalise on a dull pitch and consign Australia to extra toil on day two of the third Take a look at.

The vacationers will resume on the MCG on Thursday at 2-215 with Cheteshwar Pujara unbeaten on 68 and Virat Kohli (47no) closing in on a half-century.

Kohli’s skill to transform fifties into centuries – at a fee of 57 per cent – is just about unparalleled in Take a look at cricket, and the Indian skipper has already racked up six tons in Australia.

However it’s the dogged Pujara, who has scored extra runs and confronted much more balls than some other batsman within the collection, who looms as arguably a fair larger roadblock.

The pair survived a fierce new-ball examination from Mitchell Starc earlier than stumps on Wednesday however in any other case discovered it comparatively simple occurring a flat MCG pitch that provided little or no help to Australia’s bowlers.

Australia’s difficulties will probably be exacerbated by a forecast temperature of 36C.

India opener Mayank Agarwal, who scored a formidable 76 on debut, stated his facet was well-placed with Kohli and Pujara on the crease.

“Clearly it’s good to have guys who can bat lengthy and we’re doing that,” Agarwal stated.

“We’re taking part in that many variety of balls and we’re taking part in that many variety of classes. So it’s solely going to go effectively for us; the longer we bat, the higher it’s for us.”

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