The Melbourne Cricket Ground doesn't seem to have changed in character from the drawn Ashes encounter last year, and still appears to be a fantastic surface for batsmen, as India's score at stumps would suggest. The Australian bowlers, with the notable exception of Patrick Cummins, couldn't quite find their rhythm today, and Nathan Lyon — the leading wicket-taker in the series right now — appeared to have struggled the most. Mayank Agarwal was impressive right from the word go, and has made full use of the opportunity that he might feel has come a little late in his career.
The stage is set for the Indians to post a big first innings total, one that would hopefully translate to a big lead later in the game. Let's see if they continue to bat with the same positive approach on the second day, or whether the Australians can somehow trigger a collapse.
For now, we bid you goodbye. Do join us tomorrow.