By the end of the first day, India was 215/2 in 89 overs at the stumps, Pujara (68) and Kohli (47).
The 3rd test match between India and Australia took place at MCG stadium, Melbourne with India winning the toss and elected to bat first. The Indians opened their innings with Mayank Agarwal and Hanuma Vihari against Josh Hazelwood opening the bowling order for Australia. Mayank Agarwal playing his first test match of the career against Australia took no time to get started with the scoring off his bat. The opening batsmen were looking quite aggressive and confident as there were some really good boundaries coming off the first few overs. Pat Cummins, on the other hand, bowled some terrific bouncers creating difficulties for the batsmen. Both Vihari and Agarwal found it difficult to deal with the paced bouncers but managed to keep the score flowing. However, the nasty bouncers worked well for Pat Cummins and the Australians were able to pick their first wicket in the 19th over. It was Hanuma Vihari who was caught behind the stumps by Aaron Finch, India was now 40-1, Agarwal was then accompanied by C.Pujara to continue the innings. Both the batsmen were playing well and continued to score runs through the second session and Mayank Agarwal playing a beautiful test debut successfully scored a half-century in 95 balls. Agarwal and Pujara were able to take the score further 100 with some really decent strikes but in the 55th over, Agarwal was dismissed by Cummins, caught by the wicketkeeper and India were now 123/2. Then, it was the Captain Virat Kohli who took accompanied Pujara and continued the innings. Both Kohli and Pujara were able to add to the scorecard and Pujara successfully reached his 50 in the 71st over. The game continued with excitement as both the team were at the best of their efforts to be in the game. By the end of the first day, India were 215/2 in 89 overs at the stumps, Pujara (68) and Kohli (47).