Pujara’s hundred puts India in command in third Test against Australia

1.)  Dropping Ajinkya Rahane – India’s best overseas player in South Africa

1.)  Dropping Ajinkya Rahane – India’s best overseas player in South Africa

On Wednesday, Day 1 of the third Test between the two countries in Melbourne, the former cricketer found himself involved in an exchange of words with an Indian fan and topic was, guess who, Virat Kohli.

Post tea, it was a comedy of fielding errors from Australia as they missed three easy chances, all of Nathan Lyon (1/110) in what proved to be a frustrating 48 overs from him.

Australia's hopes of tearing into the tail were held up as Rishabh Pant was reprieved on 15 when he tried to smash Lyon over mid-on, with Cummins grassing a low chance. The ball spun in and kept a bit low as well.

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Pujara's hundred was his fourth against Australia in Tests, with the 30-year-old previously having scored double hundreds against the Baggy Greens in Hyderabad in 2013 and Ranchi in 2017 and then 123 in the first Test of this series in Adelaide earlier this month.

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In comparison, Rohit was more sedate and took his time at the crease, even as Tim Paine targeted him with some banter.

Pujara looked like batting the day out until he was bowled for 106 after lunch.

Watch as he celebrates his career's 10th Test half century.

Pujara consumed 319 deliveries for his 106-run knock as none of India's top five batsmen scored at a strike rate of more than 50. Even Pat Cummins was not aware that he bowled Pujara.

Catch every ball of every Test this summer LIVE and FREE on Channel 7 and 7mate. He had scored 309 runs in Sri Lanka in 2017, and now has 325 runs in the current series. "They have got other guys in their side who are stroke-makers but if those guys don't come off, the scoring rate is always going to be hovering around that two runs an over mark, which makes it pretty hard to win Test matches, especially on flat wickets like we might have here".

Kohli received treatment for a sore back shortly before guiding a Starc bouncer straight to Finch at deep third man, but took his customary place in the field later in the day.

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