Virat Kohli holds key as India end day 3 of the fourth Test match at 342-5, trailing the hosts by 230 runs. Virat Kohli’s tenth test match hundred, fourth in the series propelled India to end the day on a good position. Kohli’s unbeaten 140 along with KL Rahul’s maiden Tests ton lifted India after the Aussies declared their first innings for 572/7.
Starting the day at 72-1, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul batted out the first hour negating the early threat. Rohit scored his second Test fifty before getting out to Nathan Lyon for 52 when he tried to sweep the ball just to see it dragging it to the stumps. Virat Kohli joined Rahul in the middle as the duo batted throughout the first session and started to accelerate in the second. Raul reached his maiden century when he pushed a ball through backward point and was dismissed for 110 caught and bowled by Mitchell Starc when he tried to pull a ball towards the mid-wicket.
Kohli reached his century before India lost the wickets off Ajinkya Rahane and Suresh Raina off the successive deliveries to Shane Watson. Rahane was adjudged out by the umpire Richard Kettlebrough for 13 when the replays showed that the ball was missing the stumps. Suresh Raina, who is into the squad after two years got out caught by Brad Haddin courtesy a loose shot outside the off-stump.
Wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha and Virat Kohli hold fort for India going into the fourth day. Kohli is batting on 140 off 214 balls with the help of 20 boundaries whereas Saha is batting on 14 off 50 deliveries. Shane Watson and Mitchell Starc picked up two wickets each for the hosts. India are still 30 runs behind to avoid follow-on.
Brief Scores: India 342-5 (Rahul 110, Kohli 140*, Watson 2-42) trail Australia 7 for 572 dec by 338 runs.