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India stay firmly ahead despite Kohli's late dismissal

Press Trust of India  |  Adelaide 

The sun took a break but shone to stay ahead of in the opening Test after sporadic rain intrusions, K L Rahul's enterprise and Cheteshwar Pujara's obduracy culminated in a 166-run lead here Saturday.

Virat Kohli was dismissed late in the final session as reached 151 for three at stumps on day three at the Adelaide Oval.

The Indian lunged forward to defend off (1-48) but was caught at short leg for an uncharacteristic knock of 34 (104 balls). At close of play, was unbeaten on 40 runs, while Ajinkya Rahane was batting on 1 not out. led by 166 runs.

Post tea, Kohli and Pujara took their third-wicket partnership to 71 runs, albeit it was low on strike-rate, coming off 197 balls.

Pujara survived early in the last session, courtesy DRS again, as the ball seemed to miss the stumps on account of bounce in the 40th over by Lyon.

At the other end, Kohli became the fourth Indian batsman after Sachin Tendulkar, VVS and to score 1000-plus runs in Test against

The hosts though cut off most of his scoring opportunities, and Kohli was happy to play for time as he didn't dominate the for once. Their third-wicket partnership crossed 50 off 149 balls.

India's lead swelled past 150 shortly thereafter, and just when it appeared to be smooth for the visitors, Lyon struck to remove Kohli before stumps and put the match in balance again.

Earlier, K L Rahul scored a quick-fire 44 off 67 balls as India reached 86 for two at tea. Rain had further caused delays post lunch and another 23 minutes were lost before play could finally get underway, with 61 overs remaining for the day.

As opposed to the first innings, Rahul and (18) were more careful and negotiated the Australian pace battery without much discomfort. They left well and looked to cut out any high-risk shots as India were placed at 19 for no loss in 10 overs.

Suddenly, Rahul cut loose and smacked (0-33) all over the park as the score sped to 35-0 in the next two overs. His attacking display gave India the impetus as 50 came up in the 15th over.

Vijay was the first to go, out driving again, and caught at second slip off (1-18). It fizzled out the Indian momentum, even as Rahul continued playing his shots.

Pujara survived a scare in the 24th over, using DRS to overturn a caught-behind decision off Lyon. But two balls later, Australia's desperation for a wicket paid off as Rahul edged behind off (1-25).

Kohli walked out to boos from the Australian fans but made sure there was no further loss until tea as India's lead crossed 100.

Earlier, rain hampered play on day three as India took a 15-run lead in the first innings after were bowled out for 235 in reply to the visitors' 250.

Inclement weather first delayed play by 45 minutes in the morning session, and then there were two more delays in the first session before lunch was taken.

During the first 20 minutes of play, starting from overnight 191 for seven, Australia crossed 200 in the 91st over but India managed to sneak in a breakthrough before rain came again. (15) was caught behind off Jasprit Bumrah (3-47) as covers came on.

Play was held up for 55 minutes thereafter, and the number of overs for the day were reduced to 79. On resumption, the remaining one-hour session was cut short again after 40 minutes but this time India made good used of the overs.

Both Bumrah and Ishant Sharma (2-47) were guilty of shorter to the tail-enders, and it didn't change this morning either. (24 not out) made good use of this, hitting two fours and a six, as he put on 31 runs for the ninth wicket with (72).

Head's immaculate knock came to an end when he edged (2-58) behind, and the very next ball, the pacer finished things off with out caught similarly for a first-ball duck.

Wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant finished with six catches, while Head faced 167 deliveries in all, inclusive of six fours.

Australia were then happier of the two sides having added 44 runs in just 10.4 overs of play. In their bid to get the lower order out quickly, India were guilty of leaking easy runs.

On day one, Pujara's 16th Test century saved India the blushes. The Indian attack then worked hard to restrict the Australian batsmen with Head the only one to cross the 50-mark.

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First Published: Sat, December 08 2018. 14:35 IST