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1st Test: India in promising position after Day 3

IANS  |  Adelaide 

Skipper and came up with a steady partnership as put themselves in a strong position after the third day of the opening Test against here on Saturday.

The visitors posted 151/3 in their second innings at stumps, and have a lead of 166 runs. At the end of the day, Pujara was batting on 40 while Ajinkya Rahane was on 1 at the other end.

Coming together after the fall of openers and Murali Vijay, Pujara and Kohli added 71 runs between them to give the visitors a platform from which they now have the chance to go on and win the Test.

Kohli, who had lost his wicket to a somewhat careless shot in the first innings, employed a much more careful approach during his second essay.

The Indian was well on his way to what would have been a well deserved half-century when he was outfoxed by some extra turn from off-spinner Natha Lyon a short while before stumps. This is the sixth time that Lyon has dismissed Kohli in the longest format of the game, the most in world

Kohli, who scored 34 runs off 104 deliveries, had tried to defend on the front foot, but the extra turn saw the ball take the edge of the bat before nestling in the hands of a delighted at short leg.

Pujara, on the other hand, resumed from where he left off in the first innings. The Saurashtra batsman, who was run out after posting a gritty century in the first innings, put on yet another tenacious batting display and looks set to go on and register a big score.

For Australia, apart from Lyon, fast bowlers and also picked up a wicket each.

Brief Scores:

India: 250 & 151/3 ( 40 batting, 34, 44; 1/18, 1/25, 1/48) vs Australia: 235 (72, 34; Jasprit Bumrah 3/47, Ravichandran Ashwin 3/57).

--IANS

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First Published: Sat, December 08 2018. 14:04 IST
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