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The Boxing day battle - makes Aussie toil hard

The Boxing day battle - makes Aussie toil hard
The Christmas fever may have just ended everywhere but India Down Under in Australia just raises the temperature in par as boxing day crowned with more than 70k average viewers at the Magic of Melbourne Cricket Ground.

With Indians looked patchy at Perth, Australia just burst their speed up, leveling the series at 1-1, Nothing looks ordinary at MCG. The pitch from the previous outing has been regarded to be an ordinary one as the curator ranked below par by ICC. This leads to a curiosity of everyone and the important decisions by Indian Team Captain Virat Kohli day before has just warmed the entire series.

The Decision to leave out regular openers due to lack of form has been the order of the day after the poor show at Perth losing by 146 runs with Rahul looked affected by T20 style of play and age mirrors on M Vijay, India opts for alternatives Mayank and Vihari.

To the surprises, India won the toss and bat first, Mayank Agarwal playing on debt looked shuttle with 76 runs(161 balls), dishing out the 1st hour with priming defensive pushes and approach of slashing hard at times. His company, Vihari 8(66) had been in good nick choosing to play second peddle for long didn't work great on him as he lost his wicket, Pat Cummins making it out with a short ball.

Pujara looked solid with a little extension of dancing around to Nathan Lyon at times pays really good for him. The pitch played largely in real contrast to Perth, It is too slow and bowlers bending their back shines here has been the story of the hard toil of Australian Bowlers.

The Bowlers at the start has been too full which cost them energy as there is no seam movement on or off the pitch. But, Cummins showed them the way to bounce out.

Mayank Agarwal just falls into the shades of Tea to Cummins, as he regularly troubled by the short balls from both M Marsh and P Cummins.

That makes the Entry of Virat Kohli, here too crowd goes booing him but Kohli looked strong, despite being edgy at the start of the inning has grown into strength.

With Lyon carrying niggle and a hard day for pacers who are running and bending it hard to make an impact, but Kohli gets dropped by Paine making the day to forget for Aussies.
On the other end, Indians are in a roller coaster ride as everything goes as per the script. A Massive 1st Innings total is on the cards for them with two pillars(Pujara 68(200), Kohli 47(104)) of Indian batting just milking it out.

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