India resumed their innings at 215/2, India looked ready for another hard day’s grind, with Kohli reaching his 20th Test half-century (82), off 110 balls, in the very first over of the day.
The two batsmen scored quickly in the first hour and kept the scorecard ticking, before the Aussies went back to their tactic of stopping runs. Pat Cummins bowled another fiery spell, extracting most out of the pitch than any other Australian bowler, and he beat the edges of both batsmen on a couple occasions but without any luck. The Indian batsmen also played the whole first session without losing any wicket. However, Australia kept a tight leash on the scoring rate as 62 runs came in this morning session.
Pujara took 280 balls to score the ton, in doing so, he went past his previous best tally of runs scored in an overseas Test series. He had scored 309 runs in Sri Lanka in 2017 and currently has 325 runs in the current series.
Then, Ajinkya Rahane (34) and Risabh Pant (39) got good start but failed to convert these innings in big ones.
Rohit Sharma scored unbeaten 63 runs off 114 balls, helping India to put 443 runs on the board before Kohli made a surprising declaration, forcing Australia to play eight overs before the stumps.
Ravindra Jadeja was the last man to go for 4 runs off two balls, he was caught by Tim Paine off Josh Hazlewood.
Cummins was the pick of the Australian bowlers, taking 3/72 in a back-breaking effort of 34 overs. While Mitchell Starc bagged two wickets.
On day one, debutant Mayank Agarwal (76) scored his maiden Test half-century after India won the toss and opted to bat.
The series is tied at 1-1, India won Adelaide Test by 31 runs then the hosts came back with 146 runs win at Perth in second Test.
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