Need to bat like Pujara-Kohli in second innings: Cummins

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Sports| After being dismissed on just 151 runs in the first innings, fast bowler Pat Cummins said on Friday that the Australian batsmen need to learn from Indian captain Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara, how to turn the innings on the MCG pitch. Pujara and Kohli helped to score India a huge score of 443 in the first innings with a 170-run first-innings lead of 443 for seven wickets.

Cummins said that Australian batsmen need to learn from both of these players. After the day's game ended, Cummins said, 'This was definitely not the ideal score. We came out with the intention of making good scores in the first innings, to stay in the match. Young batsmen are working hard and trying to do their best. But today it could not happen to make the mark’.

Cummins said, "In the first innings of India, we saw the batting of Pujara and Virat, how they extended their innings. He raised the runs by handling pressure on a wicket, on which it is usually difficult to score runs." Cummins said, “To make a big score, you have to face a lot of balls and it's one of those wickets where you have to work hard at the beginning.

Cummins batted with pressure and then added runs later, but it clearly showed that it was not our day today.

The fast bowler said that in the absence of two of his best batsmen - banned Steve Smith and David Warner - other players will have to perform better and make India face a tough challenge in the remaining two days of the match. Cummins said, "We are missing the shortfall of our two best players, which is very difficult. We know Steve Smith and David Warner will not be playing with us. But other players will have to perform well.”

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