India declare at 443-7 in third Australia Test


India declared at 443 for seven in the third Test against Australia Thursday, built on the back of a century by Cheteshwar Pujara and 82 from captain Virat Kohli.

While discussing India's debutant, Mayank, O'Keefe, on air for Fox Cricket with Shane Warne and Mark Howard questioned the quality of Indian First-Class cricket tournament, Ranji Trophy when he said, in a very insulting manner, "Mayank Agarwal may have scored his 304 against 'some canteen staff or waiters".

A record 170-run stand between Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara laid the platform for another day of toil for the hosts' star-studded attack.

Rishabh Pant danced down the wicket and heaved Lyon straight to Pat Cummins at long-on.

Kohli joined Pujara in the middle and feasted on the ageing ball, punching the ball to the fence with a trio of exquisite, wristy on-drives among his six fours.

India have responded dramatically to their loss to Australia in Perth, remarkably dropping both of their openers among three changes for the Boxing Day Test.

Vihari, promoted to replace the out-of-sorts Lokesh Rahul, had a less successful debut as a test opener, and was dismissed for eight off 66 balls by a short delivery that reared up and pinged off his gloves before being caught by slip fielder Aaron Finch.

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India would now be hoping to capitalise upon the good start from day one and post a decent total in the first innings when they come to bat on day two. Earlier, Agarwal kept the scoreboard ticking after a watchful initial period, reaching his maiden Test half-century off 95 balls.

Pace legend Dennis Lilee has slammed the pitch at the new Optus Stadium, the venue of the second Test between India and Australia.

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.

Nathan Lyon forced a top edge off a sweeping Rohit Sharma, who sent the ball ballooning up to Siddle at leg gully. Peter Handscomb, who is short of runs, makes way for all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, albeit the latter isn't in the best form himself.

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.

Unbeaten batsmen Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma have already added 47 runs for the fifth wicket.

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