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India vs Australia, 3rd Test Day 1, 3rd Test Day 1: Vihari, Agarwal , Test in Melbourne | Day one
India face off against Australia in the Boxing Day Test match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground with the four-match series tied 1-1. The series was tied after Australia won the second Test by 146 runs in Perth.
KL Rahul and Murali Vijay have been dropped from the playing XI after some dismal ,
India after a week’s break will be putting their best foot forward. While there was a temptation to play all-rounder Hardik Pandya, a fit-again Rohit Sharma will give the cushion of an extra batsman. Indian team management in a departure from its convention, announced their playing XI,
a day prior to the match ending speculations about the possible team combination.
5:40 IST: Lyon with his second over. The pitch has already show signs of turn and grip. The off-spinner with his control can be a headache for the Indian batters as the Test match wears on.
5:34 IST: Vihari opens his account on the 25th delivery he faces. Some determination and patience this. Score India 26/0 after 8 overs.
5:32 IST: Nathan Lyon introduced in the eighth over by Australia. He bowls to Vihari. Score India 21/0 after 7.1 overs.
5:30 IST: Two back to back deadly deliveries from Mitchell Starc, One nearly dismissed Agarwal but the ball just eludes the slip cordon.
5:23 IST: First five overs of the Indian innings done. Mayank has moved onto 13, Hanuma yet to open his account. Score India, 13/0 after 5overs.
5:20 IST: Mayank has scored all the 11 runs so far by India. He is slowly building on his confidence.
5:07 IST: Mayank gets off the mark in Test cricket, scores three as he punches one through cover. Score India, 3/0 after 2overs.
5:06 IST: Mayank Agarwal faces his first ball in Test cricket as Josh Hazlewood bowls to him. Defends first two balls confidently.
5:05 IST: Starc starts with a maiden. Score India, 0/0 after 1 over.
5:01 IST: Mitchell Starc opens the bowling for Australia as he bowls to Hanuma Vihari