Rahane, Kohli dominating tons stun MCG I Day 3, Aus vs Ind, 3rd Test at Melbourne

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Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane made India proud at the Melbourne Cricket Ground with their unbelievably dominating centuries on the crucial Day 3 of the Third Test match. The young men looking to prove themselves as world class Test players put on a superb 262-run partnership. The balance tilted in Australia’s favour towards the end of Day three following yet another Indian collapse. The final nail in the coffin came when Virat Kohli got dismissed for a career best of 169 with four balls left in the final over.

Above photo: Indian batsman Virat Kohli (C) and teammate Ajinkya Rahane (L) exchange words with Australia’s Mitchell Johnson (R) on the third day of the third cricket Test played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Melbourne on December 28, 2014. AFP PHOTO/William WEST –IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE– (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

Well Day 3 resumed with India at 108 for 1 and soon that became 147 for 3 with both the overnight batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay getting out playing identical shots. Pujara was caught behind for 25 by the full length diving Brad Haddin chasing a wide bouncy one from Ryan Harris with a cut shot. Vijay collected 68 from 135 balls before falling to Shane Watson edging a flashy cut shot to first slip.

India bounced back into the game through the epic partnership between Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane following the loss of two quick wickets. By Tea, both the batsmen had smashed past their respective centuries taking India to 336 for 3 in 95 overs. With wickets not coming by the Aussies resorted to sledging and got it back from Virat Kohli. There was a tense moment when Mitchell Johnson had hurled a throw at the batting end which hit Kohli and since then the batsman had lost his cool. Fortunately Kohli was put down by the Aussies at a time when the batsman was down on concentration and completely getting himself provoked.

Above photo: MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 28: Anushka Sharma, girlfriend of Virat Kohli smiles as Kohli celebrates after reaching his century during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 28, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Australia’s much needed breakthrough came when Ajinkya Rahane missed a forcing sweep shot off Nathan Lyon to be adjudged lbw in the 108th over. Rahane who took Mitchell Johnson to the cleaners with some terrific pull shots finished with a brilliant 147 from 171 balls with 21 fours. In a couple of overs time, debutant Lokesh Rahul threw his opportunity by attempting two mindless big shots in his 8-ball stay – the first was dropped at mid wicket while the second one was caught off a top edged sweep in Nathan Lyon’s bowling. In no time, Skipper MS Dhoni (11) tamely nicked one behind off Ryan Harris leaving India in a mess at 430 for 6.

Ravichandran Ashwin was brilliantly caught and bowled by Ryan Harris for a duck after the tall right hander had drove at the ball on the up slightly early. In the final over before play, Virat Kohli got himself out edging his drive to a widish full ball from Mitchell Johnso. Kohli’s 169 came in 272 balls with 18 fours. India closed the eventful Day three at 462 for 8 trailing behind by 68 runs.

Posted by on January 2, 2015. Filed under Australia, India, India Tour of Australia 2014/15. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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