Twitter Reactions: Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara make Australia toil after Mayank Agarwal show

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Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli built on an impressive 76 from debutant Mayank Agarwal to pile pain on Australia in the crucial third Test of the 5-match series.

On a docile, batsman-friendly MCG wicket, India ground their way to 215 for two at stumps on day one with the rock-like Pujara not out 68 and King Kohli unbeaten on 47 as the bowlers toiled in hot conditions for little reward.

Pat Cummins was the pick of the bowlers, taking two for 40.

India came into the Boxing Day Test with a new pair of inexperienced openers after the misfiring Murali Vijay and KL Rahul were dropped, suggesting a hint of panic as Kohli’s men look to win their first-ever series on Australian soil.

But the exciting Agarwal rose to the occasion in front of 73,500 fans after captain Kohli won an important toss and opted to bat on a pitch that is expected to deteriorate as the match wears on.

Agarwal scored 76 runs off 161 balls with the help of 8 fours and a six, he was looking impregnable before Cummins had him caught behind by Tim Paine as he gloved the last ball before Tea down the legside.

It brought Kohli to the crease to a huge roar from the large Indian contingent at the MCG and he set about building an unbroken 92-run partnership with Pujara.

Here’s how Twitter reacted:

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