• Saturday, July 20, 2024

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Australia openers survive after Kohli, Pujara heroics post huge total

Chesteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli

By: Sarwar Alam

A 170-run stand between century-maker Cheteshwar Pujara and captain Virat Kohli put India in a dominant position in the third Test Thursday as Australia’s openers survived half a dozen nervy overs before the close. Dogged Pujara stroked 106 and Kohli 82 before they both fell soon after lunch on what until then had been a lifeless Melbourne pitch. Rohit Sharma was not out 63 after notching his 10th Test half-century when Kohli called a halt to the innings late in the day at 443 for seven as India go in search of a crucial 2-1 lead in the four-Test series. That gave the tourists’…

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