1st Test, Day 3: Virat Kohli hits ton on captaincy debut as India fight back against Oz

By Chaitan Papnai | Last Updated: Dec 11, 2014, 13:47 PM IST
1st Test, Day 3: Virat Kohli hits ton on captaincy debut as India fight back against Oz

Over 97 || Score 369/5​

India dominated most of the sessions on Day 3 of the opening Test between India and Australia. In the morning Australia declared their 1st innings at their overnight score of 517/7. But Indian top order displayed superb batting skills while facing robust Australian bowling lineup. Though, India lost their opener, Shikhar Dhawan early on, Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara subdued the Johnson & Co effect and played sensible cricket to add 81 runs for the second wicket. And even when India lost these two, stand-in skipper Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane proved their batting credentials. Later Rahane got out when he was looking all set to add another Test ton to his kitty, but Kohli went on to score his seventh Test hundred, on one of his favourite hunting grounds. But India lost their skipper just before the close of play as India reached to 369 for five at stumps. For the home team Johnson and Lyon picked two wickets apiece. India are still trailing by 148 runs but the match is evenly poised.              

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Over 96 || Score 369/5

Virat Kohli Out! And as i stated that India should not lose any further wickets in the day, Johnson got the better of centurion Kohli. It was a well-directed bouncer, Kohli hit a half-hearted pull and at deep square leg Harris took a superb running catch. It's certainly a big blow for the visitors. Talented wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha has joined Rohit Sharma in the middle after Kohli's wicket.      

V Kohli c Harris b Johnson 115 (184b)

Over 92 || Score 363/4

Rohit Sharma has started opening up now. And the best part is that he is scoring run off Lyon, the spinner who picked up two crucial wickets in this innings. Now the next immediate target for the visitors would be to end the day without losing any further wickets. However, Australian bowlers would love to take few wickets in the fag end of today's play to get the much needed momentum.       

Over 86 || Score 335/4

Stand-in skipper Virat Kohli completed his hundred in style as he flicked the ball towards deep mid-wicket region for a boundary off Johnson. It's his seventh Test ton. Adelaide is certainly his favourite hunting ground as he scored his first Test ton too on this ground. He is playing a captain's knock today. Kohi has scored 12 boundaries to reach the landmark figure.     

Over 82 || Score 317/4

Australian skipper wasted no time in taking the new ball as soon as it was up for grab. He tossed the ball straight to his prime seamers -- Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris. The new batsmen to the the crease, Rohit Sharma is looking a bit nervous in the middle. But well settled man, Kohli is right at the top of his game as in the 82nd over bowled by Johnson, he collected two boundaries on the off side. Meanwhile, India have crossed the 300-run mark as well.       

Over 77 || Score 294/4

Rahane Out! Length ball by Lyon, Rahane went to the back-foot to play a defensive shot but the bowler got some awkward bounce on the occasion and the ball went up in the air after touching the glove of the batsman as slip fielder took a simple catch. But why Indian batsmen are giving wickets to spinners of late is a mystery. Rohit Sharma has joined Kohli in the middle after the fall of India's fourth wicket.      

AM Rahane c Watson b Lyon 62 (111m 76b)

Over 72 || Score 281/3

In the 17th over Rahane too crossed the fifty run mark. In fact, now Kohli and Rahane have started dictating terms. The duo are now literally toying with the Australian bowling attack. Hitting boundaries at will, taking singles and playing positive cricket in the middle. Rahane has scored ten boundaries so far in his 55. Meanwhile, the visiting team has gone past the the 250 run-mark. Clarke is looking short of ideas and resources at the moment.       

Over 66 || Score 248/3

Stand-in skipper Virat Kohli has completed his fifty by picking up two runs off Lyon in the first over after tea. To reach the mark Kohli hit six boundaries. After a shaky start Rahane too is now looking good in the middle. He has scored four boundaries in last four overs and class was written all over them. He is driving, punching and pulling the bowlers.          

Over 61 || Score 223/3

Tea, Day 3: Another session belongs to India as their batsmen are looking in fine form. However, in this session the visitors lost the crucial wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara, who got out after scoring 73 runs off Lyon. But India's stand-in skipper Virat Kohli is still at the crease and is mere two runs short of his fifty. Alongside Kohli, Rahane too has reached to 19 as the duo have added 31 runs thus far for the fourth wicket.       

Over 57 || Score 207/3

In the 56th over India crossed the mark of 200. At the moment, the only bowler who is troubling Indian batsmen a bit is surprisingly the offie Lyon. Ajinkya Rahane, the new man to the crease is looking a bit shaky. Australian skipper Clarke has been using his speedsters quite well, especially the deadly bower Johnson.  

Over 50 || Score 192/3

Pujara Out! When Pujara was looking set to score a ton in the first Test, offie Lyon got the better of him in the 50th over. Pujara played a defensive shot but the ball spun towards the wicket after hitting his bat and dislodged the bails. Unlucky Pujara. Ajinkya Rahane is the new man in.    

CA Pujara b Lyon 73 (135b)

Over 47 || Score 187/2

Pujara has started scoring runs swiftly and making the Australian bowling look ordinary. He is collected boundaries at regular intervals. The India's number three has quickly moved to 73, with the help of nine boundaries. Skipper Kohli too is middling every single ball. Both of them have added 76 runs so far for the third wicket. Lyon and Watson are bowling in tandem for the home team.       

Over 38 || Score 153/2

Cheteshwar Pujara completed his fifty in the 37th over by placing Johnson straight down the ground to pick up three runs. It's his sixth Test fifty. Meanwhile, India have also crossed the mark of 150. Kohli and Pujara are in the middle and are looking solid at the moment.  

India reach 119/2 at lunch, as Vijay strikes half-century

Adelaide: Indian batsmen are looking solid on this batting track of Adelaide as the visiting team reached to 119/2 till lunch. Opener Murali Vijay struck his seventh Test fifty as India began their reply to Australia's mammoth first innings total of 517.

In the morning Australia had declared at their overnight score of 517/7. The day's play began half an hour early to make up for the lost time yesterday due to rain. 

Ryan Harris provided Australia their first breakthrough in the 8th over in the form of Shikhar Dhawan. S Dhawan b Harris 25 (36m 24b). After the fall of first Indian wicket, Pujara came out to the crease, the batsman looking to make amends for scoring only one fifty in his last 15 Test innings.

In between, Michael Clarke had thrown the ball to off-spinner Nathan Lyon (0-34) as early as the seventh over, but did not persist with him at that instant as Vijay looked to attack him.
When he was reintroduced into the attack a little while later, the Tamil Nadu batsman was still looking to hit him out of the attack. Vijay hit Lyon for a six and a four off successive balls in the 20th over, adding another big hit in the bowler's next over.

Vijay was making use of the life given to him by Mitchell Marsh (0-5) at third slip off Johnson in the 14th over earlier, as the all-rounder dived to his left and only got a hand to the driven ball. The Indian's 50-run mark also came up in that over.