Indian skipper Virat Kohli led his side from the front with a scintillating century in the day 3 of the first test against Australia at Adelaide. When the stumps were drawn, India ended the day on 369-5 as they trail the hosts by 148 runs in the first innings. It was a collective team effort from the Indian batsmen led by the skipper Kohli, who backed the contributions of Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane and scored his seventh test 100. In process, he also became the fourth Indian to score a hundred in his captaincy debut.

Virat Kohli got out in the last 10 minutes of the day’s play for a well-made 115 as he pulled Mitchell Johnson to the hands of Ryan Harris at deep square leg. Kohli shared 74 run partnership with Rohit Sharma who is unbeaten on 33. Earlier in the third session, Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane put the Aussies on the back foot by stiching together a partnership of 101 for the fourth wicket. Rahane reached his fifty and was done in by the bounce Nathan Lyon generated from the wicket and spooned a catch to David Warner at short-leg for 62.

India will look to strike off the deficit early on day 4 and go for the kill with the pitch assisting the spinners. 

Read the Lunch and Tea report here.

Scorecard:

Australian Bowling (Ist Innings): 517-7 decl in 120 decl.

Indian Batting (Ist Innings):

  

Batsmen

Dismissal

Runs

Balls

4s

6s

Murali Vijay

c Haddin b Johnson

53

88

3

2

Shikhar Dhawan

b Harris

25

24

5

0

Cheteshwar Pujara

b Lyon

73

135

9

0

Virat Kohli

c Harris b Johnson

115

184

12

0

Ajinkya Rahane

c Warner b Lyon

62

76

10

0

Rohit Sharma

batting

 33

61 

Wriddhiman Saha

batting

 1

16 

 0

Extras

(lb 4, wd 1, nb 2)

7

 

 

 

Total

97 overs

369-5

 Still to bat: Karn Sharma, Ishant Sharma, Varun Aaron, Mohammad Shami. 


 Australian Bowling (Ist Innings):

 

 

Bowlers

Overs

Maidens

Runs

Wickets

Economy

Mitchell Johnson

18

5

90

2

5.00

Ryan Harris

17

5

49

1

2.88

Nathan Lyon

30

3

103

2

3.43

Peter Siddle

13

2

62

0

4.76

Mitchell Marsh

11

4

29

0

2.63

Shane Watson

5

1

13

0

2.60

Steve Smith

3

0

19

 0

6.33 

 

Verdict: The day belongs to India.