India in box seat against Australia in Adelaide after building big lead on day three, Kohli wicket offers hope
Australia is 166 runs behind after a disappointing day three of the first Test against India in Adelaide, but the late wicket of dangerman Virat Kohli will offer some hope for the hosts.
After a day of toil, Nathan Lyon took his first wicket of the innings when he snared the Indian captain for 34 with 15 minutes to go, thanks to a bat-pad catch by Aaron Finch.
India’s most in-form batsman Cheteshwar Pujara (40 not out) ended the day at the crease with Ajinkya Rahane (1 not out) as the tourists built on their 15-run advantage after Australia’s first innings ended with a whimper.
The day began with hope for the Aussies as Travis Head tried to add to his second-day half-century, but he was made to wait that much longer to resume his quest for a maiden Test ton when rain settled in.
The start of play was delayed and when they finally did get onto the field, it was not long before Head lost his batting partner.
Mitchell Starc nicked off to Jasprit Bumrah as the rain fell in the fourth over of the day, and the frustration of his dismissal was compounded by the umpires ordering the players off the field immediately afterwards.
With the reliable Pujara down the other end, Kohli was allowed to work his way into his innings.
Virat Kohli’s shot into Aaron Finch’s (right) throat seemed indicative of the game situation. (AAP: Dave Hunt)
After initially playing cautiously against Lyon, Hazlewood and Cummins, Kohli began to show the flashes of flair that make him the most feared batsman in the world.
The reintroduction of Starc after a long break between spells also failed to break the partnership, with the Indians gradually introducing cover drives to their scoring repertoires, and piling on the runs.
Kohli’s wicket reinvigorated the Australians late in the day, but with the lead approaching 200 and seven wickets in hand, only a dramatic turnaround on day four would see Australia remain in the contest.