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Pujara-Mayank 100-run stand takes India to 177-2 till Tea; Kohli dismissed

Kohli and Pujara were batting on 23 and 61 runs respectively at the tea break

IANS  |  Sydney 

India vs Australia, Sydney, Virat Kohli

Some more exceptional batting effort helped India reach 200/3 shortly after at tea on the first day of the fourth and final Test against Australia at the Sydney Ground (SCG) here on Thursday.

Resuming the afternoon session from 69/1, and opener continued to play sensibly, taking their side past the 100-run mark in 30.1 overs.

Off-spinner Nathyan gave the hosts some respite after breaking a well-settled 116-run partnership between Agarwal and Pujara, dismissing the former on his individual score of 77 runs.

While trying to clear the fence, Agarwal miscued a delivery by and was easily caught by Mitchel Starc at the long-on boundary. The opener's knock came off 112 deliveries, decorated with seven boundaries and couple of sixes.

Agarwal's fall saw skipper joining Pujara in the middle and the duo added 51 runs for the third wicket in quick succession as India reached a healthy 177/2 with one more session of play left in the day.

Kohli and Pujara were batting on 23 and 61 runs respectively at the tea break.

Earlier, the visitors opted to bat and lost the only wicket of Lokesh Rahul (9) in the morning session.

Brief scores: India 177/2 (77, 61 batting; 1/27) at tea on Day 1 vs Australia.

 

First Published: Thu, January 03 2019. 10:12 IST