Published: Sat, December 15, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

India fight back with triple strike in Perth

India fight back with triple strike in Perth

Kohli's line-up is aiming to become the first from India to win a test series in Australia.

Skipper Tim Paine (16 not out) and Pat Cummins (11 not out) were unbeaten at stumps after enduring a testing spell from Jasprit Bumrah.

Recalled batsman Hanuma Vihari, who picked up two important wickets with his part-time spin including a sharply rising delivery which removed Harris, admitted it was impossible to ignore the variable bounce but that their batsmen would not be concerned by it.

The pitch was slow in the morning, but it quickened up after lunch.

Australia's new-ball pair of Starc and Hazlewood wasted no time in claiming Indian wickets.

Marcus Harris, Aaron Finch and Travis Head all made half-centuries but none of them was able to really put their foot down on the gas as India pegged the Australians back on a grassy, drop-in wicket that occasionally played a few tricks. Two balls later, Bumrah trapped Paine lbw and the decision stayed despite a DRS review from the batsman.

Harris also departed before the second break to a rising delivery from Vihari, the opener steering the ball to first slip to end his 141-ball knock of 70.

Pacer Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav accounted for one batsman each
Pacer Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav accounted for one batsman each

But the catch of the day belonged to India's star captain Virat Kohli, who leapt expertly to pouch a rapid edge off Peter Handscomb's (7) bat, diving to his right in a moment of high quality.

Head and Shaun Marsh watchfully dug Australia out of a hole, though, before the latter fell for 45 to a sharp Ajinkya Rahane catch at slip off Vihari.

"Obviously it is very warm today and I said this wicket will crack up under the hot weather", Paine said.

"There's been timeless Tests over the years, we know there were even three-day Tests, so Test cricket has not been five days in duration forever, and I think the concept of four days going forward is something we need to be open to without jumping to conclusions", Roberts told SEN Radio on Saturday (December 15). "I was not anxious about it at all", Ishant said during a press conference.

But the longer the day wore on, the more pace, bounce, fire and brimstone there was.

Kohli made 82 runs off 181 balls with the help of nine boundaries, while Rahane scored 51 off 103 balls, including six boundaries and a six.

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