Test Cricket: 2018-19 Domain Test Series 3rd Test of Australia v India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Day 1 Evening Session Review

by Sports Benches

India resumes on 2-123 after the 20-minute Tea break here at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Cheteshwar Pujara remains on 33* while Virat Kohli comes in the middle.

Kohli immediately fired off while Pujara continued to pile runs on the board.

The way Kohli picks up the work off Agarwal into this session helped India reach past the 150 run mark.

With the ball went wide, Pujara remained calm when he lets the ball come to him.

He then used the pace of Pat Cummins before executing the straight shot towards cover for four.

Having kept his game in pure confidence, Pujara’s able to back up his 50.

It’s a vital inning for his contribution to the Indian team which is:

  • Eighth 50 v Australia overall in Tests
  • 2nd 50 so far in the 2018/19 Domain Tests

Australia kept switching tactics between fast bowling & spin with the search to split the Kohli-Pujara stand is on.

Lyon almost sent Virat Kohli back upstairs with the umpire initially gave him the LBW.

But Kohli referred back to the umpire for a review where the impact pitched outside and not in-line.

With limited evidence about the ball hitting the stumps, Kohli survived on 32*.

On the other hand, Australia felt frustrated by the DRS review as the work still goes on into the last hour of Day 1 at 5 PM AEDT.

After given a second chance, Kohli continued to attack the shots he’s after with a gentle straight bat push a couple of times past the rope.

Kohli’s approach in the middle looks similar in the mold of what Mayank Agarwal did to secure his 76 earlier today.

No half whack shots or reaching out helped Kohli remain in the middle much longer.

Australia’s efforts with the second new ball continued to suffer in the hands of Mitchell Starc.

The way Starc went too full or straight even at one time past the rope looked pretty expansive.

Although, Starc made some effort in bowling a straight yorker to Kohli thought he found the edge.

But Tim Paine couldn’t catch it down low which gave another lifeline on the Indian skipper.

Stumps Day 1: India 2-215

Virat Kohli & Cheteshwar Pujara remains in the middle on 47* & 68* respectively for India.

The introduction of Kohli in this session has kept Australia quiet.

Kohli & Pujara both approach in an attacking way to get the runs on the board.

Keeping it simple plus using more of the full face shots & gentle hands helped India reach past 200.

It’s not far away from now that Kohli can get his 50 & Pujara secure his 100 if both of them survive through lunch tomorrow.

If so, Australia will have a tough time trying to respond to that target.

The home team’s performance with the ball may have shown some promise.

But most of the time, they’re not attacking the stumps and going a lot short to try and trick the Indian batsmen.

Unfortunately, these batsmen like Pujara, Kohli & Agarwal executed the cross-bat necessary shots nicely.

So it all counts on Starc, Hazelwood, Cummins & the spin of Lyon in not giving Kohli & Pujara a smooth ride.

Just attack, attack, attack & then maybe Australia will somehow get the breakthrough.

For now, both teams will have a night’s rest before resuming work tomorrow at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

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