Kohli, Pujara make Aussies feel pain post stellar Agarwal debut

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Former Australian cricketer and current commentator Kerry O'Keefe was slammed on Twitter after he belittled Mayank Agarwal and Indian domestic circuit in First-Class cricket during Day one of the third Test on Wednesday.

They have paid the price with debutant Mayank Agarwal expected to open the batting with Hanuma Vihari, who is set to be bumped up the order.

India's Cheteshwar Pujara looks on after playing a shot during day one of the first Test between Australia and India at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia, December 6, 2018.

They stitched an unbeaten 92-run stand for the third wicket.

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).

He slogswept Lyon for six after the drinks break before eventually falling to Cummins at 123 for two.

Kohli, who scored a battling century in Perth but was criticised for failing to acknowledge the crowd when he was controversially given out, also said he would not be looking for confrontations with Paine in Melbourne. Starc strikes, gets the wicket Australia needed here. Both openers, M. Vijay and K.L. Rahul, have been dropped from the eleven, surprisingly announced on the eve of the Test by India. It was a good day of cricket for Virat Kohli and Cheteswar Pujara, and by extension, India.

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Agarwal, however, continued to bat along, bringing up his maiden half century on debut.

Pujara's vigil ended soon after with Cummins finding some luck to get a ball to shoot through low and hit off stump to end his 319-ball marathon. The pacer picked himself up though and three balls later he had Agarwal as Australia got a boost going into tea.

Paine swung Nathan Lyon, the leading wicket-taker in the series and man of the match in Perth, around to the Members End late in Thursday's second session but the offspinner failed to conjure a breakthrough.

Vihari took 25 balls and 33 minutes to score his first run as he batted with patience, which was lacking in previous opening partnerships in the first two Tests.

Midway through the afternoon session, Paine began prodding at new batsman Rohit Sharma under the lid as India fought back from losing two wickets after lunch.

Johnson shared a photo of a flat road on Twitter on the morning of the Boxing Day, perhaps denoting the flat surface on which the current Test is being played.

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