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Ind vs Aus 2nd Test Day 3: Australia are 132/4 at stumps, lead by 175 runs

Bumrah strikes first and then Shami dismissed Marsh, the bowlers are keeping Australia batsmen on tight leash

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On Day 3 of India vs Australia Perth Test, Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli became the second fastest to 25 Test centuries before India's pacers made Australia labour for an overall 175-run lead, leaving the second match evenly poised at Optus Stadium in Perth. Usman Khawaja scored an unbeaten 41 runs as Australia reached 132 for four at stumps on day three. Tim Paine (8 not out) was keeping company at the other end.

India vs Australia Day 3 scorecard

 

Earlier, the Indian skipper scored 123 runs off 257 balls. It was his sixth Test hundred on Australian soil, joining boyhood hero Sachin Tendulkar, and he became the second-quickest batsman in Test history to score 25 Test hundreds (in 127 innings) after Sir Donald Bradman's 68 innings.

India vs Australia, Day 3: Third Session match report

Post tea, Aaron Finch (25 retd hurt) didn't come out to bat after being hit by Mohammed Shami (2-23) in the 13th over. He retired hurt but scans cleared him of serious damage on his right hand's index finger.

It was a fiery spell of fast bowling from the Indian pacers. Marcus Harris (20) too had been hit on the helmet earlier in the eighth over off Jasprit Bumrah (1-25).

The opener, dropped on 1 off Ishant Sharma (1-33) at first slip by Cheteshwar Pujara, added 26 runs with Khawaja.

Harris was bowled off Bumrah in the 18th over, attempting to leave the ball, assuming it would move away only for it to crash into the stumps. It became two wickets in four overs as Shaun Marsh (5) was caught behind off Shami.

Australia's lead had barely crossed 100 at that stage, as Khawaja and Peter Handscomb (13) put on 21 runs. There was a lot of chatter in the middle while the latter was at the crease, owing to controversy over Virat Kohli's dismissal earlier in the day.

Ishant trapped him lbw in the 26th over as Australia were reduced to 85 for three. The big partnerships weren't coming as Khawaja and Travis Head (19) added another 35 runs, helping the hosts cross 100 in the 30th over.

Head threw it away just like he did in the first innings, holing out to third man off Shami. Only Khawaja stood tall among the 
regular wickets and anchored the Australian innings.

India vs Australia, Day 3: Second session match report

 India lost their last three wickets for 31 runs and were bowled out for 283 runs in their first innings. Nathan Lyon (5-67) took his 14th five-wicket haul in Test cricket as Australia took a 43-run lead in the first innings.

Post lunch, India's first innings lasted only another 12.3 overs as the lengthy tail refused to wag for the second time this series.

Ishant Sharma (1) was the first to go, offering a simple return catch to Lyon in the second over after resumption of play.

Rishabh Pant (36) changed gears and tried to attack the Australia bowling, adding 25 runs with Umesh Yadav (4 not out) for the ninth wicket, before holing out off Lyon again.

The off-spinner then proceeded to pick his fifth out of seven Indian wickets to fall on the day as Jasprit Bumrah (4) was caught at slip. In doing so, Lyon equalled Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan with seven five-wicket hauls against India in Test cricket.

India vs Australia, Day 3: First session match report

Overall, India lost their last six wickets for 60 runs to hand Australia the advantage.

In their second innings, the hosts' opening pair struggled to get going as the Indian pacers used the new ball to good effect. In the morning session, Kohli scored a masterful hundred as India reached 252 for seven at lunch.

From overnight 172 for three, India made a torrid start to the day as Ajinkya Rahane (51) was caught behind off Lyon on the fourth ball of the first over.

Hanuma Vihari (20) though was up to the task of batting out the next passage of play, as he put on 50 runs with the skipper for the fifth wicket.

He soaked up pressure at one end, even if not scoring too many runs, while Kohli went about his business at the other end as India garnered 42 runs in the first hour of play.

In doing so, Kohli took India past 200 in the 80th over, and then reached his hundred off 214 balls.

This was also his 34th hundred as Indian skipper across formats, second only to Ricky Ponting's 41 centuries as Australian captain.

The celebrations though were cut short as Australia used the second new ball to good effect with Vihari caught behind off Josh Hazlewood (2-66) in the 86th over.

Pant then joined his captain in the middle, and played an uncharacteristic innings unlike Adelaide, adding 18 runs for the sixth wicket as India crossed 250 and started closing the gap on Australia's first innings' total of 326.

But Kohli fell before lunch, edging Pat Cummins (1-60) to second slip where Handscomb just got his fingers under the ball. TV replays were not sufficient enough to overturn the on-field umpire's soft signal of dismissal.

The visitors lost another wicket in this short passage as Mohammed Shami (0), again batting ahead of Ishant, edged Lyon behind first ball..

Ind vs Aus 2nd Test Day 3: Australia are 132/4 at stumps, lead by 175 runs

Nice to see the Indian fast bowling looking more hostile than the Australian fast bowling attack. Keep firing it in guys... #INDvAUS — Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 16, 2018

Ind vs Aus 2nd Test Day 3: Australia are 132/4 at stumps, lead by 175 runs

A tough chance! #CloseMatters #AUSvIND | @GilletteAU pic.twitter.com/9ztLdfJFCW — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 16, 2018

Ind vs Aus 2nd Test Day 3: Australia are 132/4 at stumps, lead by 175 runs

Shot! The Aussie skipper finds the boundary... Live coverage HERE: https://t.co/mzWOwn19la #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/oM56NNg7Ic — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 16, 2018

Ind vs Aus 2nd Test Day 3: Australia are 132/4 at stumps, lead by 175 runs

Top of off ... perfection!#AUSvIND | @bet365_aus pic.twitter.com/FFaYs28zus — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 16, 2018

Ind vs Aus 2nd Test Day 3: Australia are 132/4 at stumps, lead by 175 runs

Stumps on Day 3 of the 2nd Test. Australia 326 & 132/4, lead #TeamIndia 283 by 175 runs. Scorecard - https://t.co/kN8fhHfivo #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/6fvUHTlXZR — BCCI (@BCCI) December 16, 2018

Ind vs Aus 2nd Test Day 3: Australia are 132/4 at stumps, lead by 175 runs

One batsman walked the other didn’t, both out. Handscomb catch was soft out & went to third umpire given out, Rahul catch given out on field hazelwood walked no questions. Scoreboard says out for both so happy with both decisions. pic.twitter.com/DQr70kZ7uT — Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) December 16, 2018

Ind vs Aus 2nd Test Day 3: Australia are 132/4 at stumps, lead by 175 runs

That's stumps for the day, Australia are 132/4, lead by 175 runs

Ind vs Aus 2nd Test Day 3: Australia are 132/4 at stumps, lead by 175 runs

Shami to Head, out Caught by Ishant !! Australia loses fourth wicket. (Score: AUS 120/4)

Ind vs Aus 2nd Test Day 3: Australia are 132/4 at stumps, lead by 175 runs

Head and Khawaja have been troubled at times, but they have added over 20 so far to steady Australia, and take their lead past 150. #AUSvIND LIVE ➡️ https://t.co/viG01Bpvlc pic.twitter.com/795LJ3h5tc — ICC (@ICC) December 16, 2018

Ind vs Aus 2nd Test Day 3: Australia are 132/4 at stumps, lead by 175 runs

100 runs up for Australia for the loss of 3 wickets, they now lead by 143  runs

Ind vs Aus 2nd Test Day 3: Australia are 132/4 at stumps, lead by 175 runs

Absolute masterpiece from kohli at Perth .. @bcci @imVkohli .. two of my greatest I have seen play .. Tendulkar and kohli (not seen bradman or sobers play live )... — Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) December 16, 2018

First Published: Sun, December 16 2018. 06:00 IST

Ind vs Aus 2nd Test Day 3: Australia are 132/4 at stumps, lead by 175 runs

Bumrah strikes first and then Shami dismissed Marsh, the bowlers are keeping Australia batsmen on tight leash

The visitors lost another wicket in this short passage as Mohammed Shami (0), again batting ahead of Ishant, edged Lyon behind first ball..

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