Cheteshwar Pujara brought up his 17th Test century and second of the series with a beautiful drive off Nathan Lyon for four on day two of the third Test against Australia in Melbourne on Thursday. The experienced Pujara, who has scored more runs and faced more balls than any other batsman in the series, was 68 not out overnight and continued slowly to build on his total. Pujara’s fourth Test century against Australia is also his slowest in the longest format of the game. Pujara (322), the highest-run scorer of the series, now has most runs for him in a series away from home going past 309 runs in Sri Lanka in 2017.

During the course of his knock, Pujara aAt lunch on day two, they were 277 for two with Pujara not out 103 and Kohli on 69, leaving Australia facing mounting problems on a lifeless pitch offering little for the bowlers.

India lost opening pair Hanuma Vihari and Mayank Agarwal on day one but it only served to bring two of the world’s best batsmen together, with their partnership now worth 154.