Mayank Agarwal hits fifty on debut as India reach 215/2 at stumps on Day 1 of Boxing Day Test at MCG [Photos]
Here are some memorable moments from Day 1 of the third India vs Australia Test being played at MCG.
India took a sigh of huge relief as finally one of their openers struck a half-century in the series. Mayank Agarwal (right), playing in his first Test, scored 76 off 161 balls to kick-start his career on an emphatic note. AP
India won the all-important toss on Day 1 of the third Test and it was a new pair of Hanuma Vihari and Mayank Agarwal which opened the innings for India. Hanuma was the first wicket to fall for the visitors in the day. He faced 66 balls but could manage just 8 runs. AP
India's rock-solid No 3 Cheteshwar Pujara again played a gritty knock on Day 1 of the Test. He is unbeaten on 68 off 200 balls and partnered with Mayank for the second wicket to weave a 83-run stand after Hanuma's exit. Kohli and Pujara are standing in the middle currently having already formed a 92-run stand. AP
Pat Cummins (second from left) was the only Australian bowler who looked like getting wickets on the opening day of the third Test and he did pick two wickets, which is also the number of wickets India lost in the day. Cummins hit the deck hard and kept the batsmen on back-foot with some fiery short balls. He ended up with wickets of Hanuma Vihari and Mayank Agarwal. AP
After the departure of Mayank, Australia sensed a comeback. However, a solid partnership shaped up between Virat Kohli (47* off 107 balls) and a well-settled Cheteshwar Pujara to make sure India did not give away the stranglehold in the innings to hosts. AP