Published: Thu, December 27, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

India, pitch frustrate Australia

India, pitch frustrate Australia

Agarwal appears likely to open alongside Hanuma Vihari, who batted at No.6 in Perth but is considered well suited to moving up the order.

Agarwal missed out on scoring a hundred on Test debut but grabbed the opportunity with both hands.

India came into the Boxing Day clash with a new pair of inexperienced openers after the misfiring Murali Vijay and K.L. Rahul were axed, suggesting a hint of panic as Kohli's men look to win their first-ever series in Australia.

Archie's been heavily involved in the build-up, meeting his idols ahead of the first Test in Adelaide before re-joining the camp in the Victorian capital.

He stroked 76, the highest score by an Indian debutant in Australia, and was looking impregnable before Cummins had him caught behind by Tim Paine as he gloved the last ball before tea down the legside.

Australia took the third new ball in the 167th over and it worked as Pant looped up a catch to Usman Khawaja behind the wickets off Mitchell Starc (2/87).

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# Wicket! Pat Cummins has earned Australia a much-needed breakthrough accounting for the key wicket of Mayank Agarwal, who nudges a rising delivery to wicketkeeper Tim Paine.

Cheteshwar Pujara's 319-ball 106 was finally ended by a Pat Cummins delivery which stayed unsually low and skidded on to off-stump.

At lunch on day two, they were 277 for two with Pujara not out 103 and Kohli on 69, leaving Australia facing mounting problems on a lifeless pitch offering little for the bowlers.

Desperate for a wicket, Australia threw away a review for lbw when Lyon rapped Kohli's pads when the captain was on 32. Earlier, Agarwal kept the scoreboard ticking after a watchful initial period, reaching his maiden Test half-century off 95 balls.

The inaugural Test at the Optus Stadium saw Virat Kohli, Marcus Harris, Aaron Finch, Nathan Lyon and Umesh Yadav struck with vicious bounce, though none were seriously hurt. The first instance was in Nottingham during the second innings against England.

Fox Sports will telecast the second day for the Australian fans. Agarwal has indicated a positive attitude and a desire to go for his shots despite some aggressive bowling by the Australian pace bowlers. The world No.1-ranked batsman immediately began to adopt a more attacking attitude. The Australian pacers continued to test the Indian batsmen with sharp bouncers at every opportunity possible.

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