Australia did grab a valuable 43-run first-innings lead over India in the second test despite being stonewalled by visiting captain Virat Kohli on a grassy Perth Stadium wicket that failed to match the hype.
AUS 326, 132/4 (48.0 Ovs)
Day 3: Stumps – Australia lead by 175 runs
Australia have got a healthy lead. The mood will be upbeat and it’s now upto their batsmen to get a sizeable score and push the target out of India’s reach.
India should be disappointed, some of shot selection from India being poor.
After a solid show from Kohli and Rahane, they would have fancied their chances of getting a lead, but Lyon struck on the fourth ball of the day to dent their hopes, Australia kept chipping away.
Kohli made an excellent hundred.
Lyon led the players off the field at innings break.
Early wickets is what Kohli would be hoping for to keep India in the game.
I have scored my 25th Test 100. Let me relish it.
Virat Kohli has proved time and again he can be pretty vocal but today the India captain let his bat do the talking with a sublime century.
Australia seems to be ahead after the end of day 3 with a lead of 175.
India in the day folded up meekly after the departure of Kohli and handed Australia a handy lead.
The hosts then got off to another good start before Shami inflicted the blow on Finch’s right index finger to force him to retire hurt.
After that, Australia are 132 for 4 in the second innings.
And pretty much like the first innings, the Indian pacers kept chasing the elusive edge which made sparse appearances to pile on the agony.
The Indian skipper was as animated as ever and his bowlers responded with disciplined channels as well but the toil only had 4 wickets as a bargain.
A well set Khawaja is still not out in the company of Paine and that will be the key factor on day 4.
The longer the duo stays, the lesser would be India’s chances.
Usman Khawaja (41 not out) and captain Tim Paine (8 not out) were at the crease as Australia extended their lead to 175 runs by stumps.
Meanwhile, WACA Chief, Christina Matthews has stated that lost trust in Australian cricket is hurting attendance at the Perth test match. He has blamed the board’s mishandling of the ball-tampering saga and their failure at course correction as a reason for poor crowd turnouts in Perth.