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3rd Test: Pujara, Virat Kohli help India reach 346/4 at tea

Cheteshwar Pujara's ton and skipper Virat Kohli's brilliant 86 runs knock help India place 346/4 at tea on Day 2 of the third test against Australia played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) here on Thursday.

Shobhit Kalra

Shobhit KalraBy Shobhit Kalra

Published on 27 Dec 2018 6:17 AM GMT

3rd Test: Pujara, Virat Kohli help India reach 346/4 at tea
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Melbourne: Cheteshwar Pujara's ton and skipper Virat Kohli's brilliant 86 runs knock help India place 346/4 at tea on Day 2 of the third test against Australia played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) here on Thursday.

Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane (30 batting) and Rohit Sharma (13 batting) went back undefeated after adding an unbeaten 47 for the fifth wicket at the breather.

Resuming the post-lunch session at 277/2, Kohli (82) jarred his back while playing a pull shot against Mitchell Starc. He eventually fell playing an uppercut off Starc to be caught comfortably by Aaron Finch at third man.

Despite failing to score the century, Kohli, however, surpassed former skipper Rahul Dravid in becoming the highest Indian scorer in overseas Tests in a calendar year.

Kohli has amassed 1,138 runs in 2018, eclipsing Dravid's tally of 1,137, way back in 2002.

Two overs after Kohli's departure, Pat Cummins, the solo wicket-taker on the opening day, doubled the joy for the hosts with a fuller delivery that ended Pujara's 319-ball marathon innings.

Earlier, India resumed the second morning at 215/2 with Pujara and Kohli helping the team add 62 runs in a wicketless opening session.

Shobhit Kalra

Shobhit Kalra

Writer has 10 years of experience in digital media. Presently working as Chief Sub Editor at newstrack.com. An avid reader and always willing to learn new things and techniques.

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