The morning session was highly successful for the visitors as India amassed 62 runs for no loss. It was a good day of cricket for Virat Kohli and Cheteswar Pujara, and by extension, India.
Rohit Sharma ended on 63 not out off 114 balls, inclusive of five fours, while Pat Cummins was the pick of the Australian bowlers, taking 3/72 in a back-breaking effort of 34 overs.
First substitute fielder Peter Siddle dropped a sitter of a chance from Rohit Sharma after tea.
It was a nervy time for Harris and Finch and pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah struck Harris on the helmet with a short ball, but he was able to continue after lengthy treatment by medical staff. While Hazlewood and Lyon got a piece each.
The superstar's seventh Test ton in Australia is no fait accompli but Paine's team, having already delivered seven overs with the second new ball, could need something special to dismiss Kohli.
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It was a cautious day's play with India's first innings continuing in tempered fashion, as Pujara and skipper Kohli resumed at 215-2, adding 78 more runs before Kohli gloved one to Finch off the bowling of Mitchell Starc.
Pujara also scored 123 in Adelaide to help India claim the series-opener.
Pujara and Kohli, the overnight batsmen, were instrumental in setting up a solid base with a stand of 170 for the third wicket, while Rohit ensured that the total was stretched after the duo's departure in quick succession.
Cummins bowled another wonderful spell, extracting most out of the pitch than any other Australian bowler, and he beat the edges of both batsmen on a couple occasions but without any luck. Australia trail by 435 runs. Even so, they could not deny Pujara who reached his second hundred of this series off 280 balls just prior to lunch.
As the temperature rose into the mid-30s and India batted and batted on a lifeless MCG pitch, Australia had to do everything right. The stump-mic was loud and on as it picked up the amusing comment made by the Australian captain.