Melbourne: Mayank Agarwal lost an opportunity to score a hundred on Test debut as India reached 123 for two at tea on the opening day of the third Test against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) Wednesday.
Mayank (76) was caught behind off Pat Cummins at the stroke of tea. Adelaide Test hero Cheteshwar Pujara was unbeaten on 33 and will be joined by skipper Virat Kohli when the final session of the day will begin after the break.
India lost Hanuma Vihari, who was asked to open the innings, when he handed a catch to Aaron Finch off Cummins after making 8 runs in the opening session.
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. He was hit on the helmet in the 13th over off Pat Cummins (4/1) as Australia started bowling short and attacking the batsmen more. The makeshift-opener shrugged it off and went on to face 66 balls, the second highest for an Indian opener in five innings this series.
Cummins got him off a sharp rising delivery in the 19th over, as Vihari took his eyes off the ball and gloved it to Aaron Finch in the slip region. The Australian pacers continued to test the Indian batsmen with sharp bouncers at every opportunity possible.