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India vs Australia: Mayank Agarwal joins Sunil Gavaskar, Prithvi Shaw in elite list

Mayank Agarwal became only the third Indian opener after Sunil Gavaskar and Prithvi Shaw to score two fifties in the first three career innings at the opening position.

cricket Updated: Jan 03, 2019 08:40 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Mayank Agarwal raises his bat after making 50 runs against Australia.
Mayank Agarwal raises his bat after making 50 runs against Australia.(AP)
         

Mayank Agarwal continued his brilliant run of form as he scored his second half century on Day 1 of the fourth Test encounter between India and Australia in Sydney on Thursday.

Thanks to his knock of 77 off 112 balls, Mayank Agarwal became only the third Indian opener after Sunil Gavaskar and Prithvi Shaw to score two fifties in the first three career innings at the opening position. The 27-year-old also became the eighth Indian opener to have scored at least 2 50+ scores in Australia.

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India were off to a rocky start as KL Rahul was dismissed for just 9 after he edged Josh Hazlewood to first slip in the second over. This was the sixth opening pairing for India in 12 overseas Tests since January 2018, and the resultant opening partnership only averages 21.56 in 23 overseas innings.

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However, Agarwal was not bothered by the dismissal as he stitched together a good partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara. Agarwal settled down and stroked a couple of cover drives. He looked solid in comparison to his Karnataka team-mate KL Rahul and along with Pujara, drove the Indian run-rate forward.

Agarwal was cautious in the first session but post lunch, he decided to attack the Australia bowlers and was able to bring up his fifty thanks to a boundary off Mitchell Starc. He continued to play his natural game even after reaching his half century and was ultimately caught in the deep for 77 off the bowling of Nathan Lyon.

(With agency inputs)

First Published: Jan 03, 2019 08:39 IST