India vs Australia, 3rd Test Day 3: Pukara scores century but India is in trouble

Ranchi: Cheteshwar Pujara led India’s charge on Day 3 of the third India-Australia Test here on Saturday.

The hosts were 303 for four at tea, still trailing Australia by 148 runs in their first innings. Karun Nair (13) was batting alongside Pujara at the break.

Kohli, who turned out to bat at his regular number four spot laying to rest any injury concerns, could only last 23 balls before edging a catch to his opposite number Steve Smith at second slip.

The star batsman had injured his right shoulder after an awkward fall while fielding during Australia’s innings on Thursday and stayed off the field for 400 minutes before taking crease.

Pujara, who was involved in a 102-run second-wicket stand with overnight partner Murali Vijay, did not let the momentum slip as he recorded his 11th Test century in his 47th match.

Cummins, making a Test return after playing his single five-day game in 2011, took his wicket count to three after getting Ajinkya Rahane (14) caught behind, ending a 51-run third-wicket partnership.

Earlier Vijay hit a gutsy 82 before undoing his hardwork by being stumped off Steve O’Keefe at the stroke of lunch.

The four-match series is evenly poised at 1-1.

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