IND vs AUS, 3rd Test: Debutant Mayank Agarwal creeps up on half-century

WION Web Team
Melbourne VIC, Australia Published: Dec 26, 2018, 06:51 AM(IST)

File photo of Hanuma Vihari. Photograph:( Reuters )

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Earlier, Rookies Hanuma Vihari and Mayank Agarwal survived the first 10 overs in the Boxing Day Test, promising a new opening pair for the Indian cricket team. 

India lost its first wicket with opener Hanuma Vihari returning to the pavilion after contributing just eight runs. Meanwhile, his opening partner Mayanak, who made his debut today, is in a settled form. 

After the loss of one wicket, India's score stands at 57 at lunch. Vihari, who played 66 balls, lost his wicket to Pat Cummins when India's score reached 40. While Mayanak is playing at 34 after playing 68 balls, Pujara has made 10 runs. 
  
Earlier, Rookies Hanuma Vihari and Mayank Agarwal survived the first 10 overs in the Boxing Day Test, promising a new opening pair for the Indian cricket team. 
 
Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat in the third Test against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne on Wednesday.

Speaking after the toss, Kohli said, " We will make the first use of this surface. This pitch looks like a nice one but it looks bit dry. So, it is going to become slower and slower. We are taking this Test as the last Test of this tour. We want to be at our best for this match."

"We have made three changes to the team. Hanuma Vihari has batted at three all his life, he has shown good technique and he will open. We considered opening with Rohit but he is so dangerous with the tail-enders so we wanted him to play freely. Jadeja has come in place of Umesh Yadav."

The hosts defeated India in the second Test to level the series 1-1.

Talking about their strategy for today, captain Tim Paine said, " I wasn't too sure what to do so I am happy to be bowling. We have a pretty inexperienced group so a win certainly helps. I would have laughed if someone would have told me last year that I will be the skipper for the Australian team in the next Boxing Day Test. Archie wanted to bat 100% but I told him that I was not entirely sure."

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