Virat Kohli leads spirited fightback against Australia

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A spirited performance by India’s batsmen has brought them back into the Test match against Australia after the tourists, currently 2-0 down in the series, batted through the third days play.

Starting the day 71/1, a promising partnership was building between Test novices Rohit Sharma and Lokesh Rahul. However, Australia did not have to wait too long for their first breakthrough.

Rohit, shortly after reaching his half century, went for the sweep shot off Nathan Lyon but could only drag it onto his own stumps.

Settled quickly

The next man in, captain Virat Kohli, settled quickly and along with Rahul and put on a stand of 141 for the third wicket, in which the youngster made his first international century before being caught and bowled by Mitchell Starc, finishing 110 off 262.

At the other end, his more experienced counterpart, had secured another ton, his fourth of the series, off just 162 balls. Once the partnership was broken, wickets began to fall in a clusters after tea, slightly tarnishing India’s day.

Ajinkya Rahane could only manage 13 before being trapped lbw by Shane Watson, whilst Suresh Raina’s comeback innings was short lived, departing first ball after edging a Watson delivery to Brad Haddin, who got down well to make the catch.

Punishment awaits

Wriddhiman Saha was next in at number seven, he managed 14* before the close of play and had built a promising 50 run stand with Kohli, who looks in imperious form and could really punish the Aussie bowlers on day four as his side look to further reduce the hosts lead, that currently stands at 230 runs.

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