Australia did well to hit back after a long partnership by Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane © Getty Images
Australia did well to hit back after a long partnership by Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane © Getty Images

Dec 29, 2014

India have been bowled out for 465 in the first innings of the third Test against Australia in Melbourne. India started the day on 462 for eight and it did not take much time for Australia to complete the formalities. Australia have taken the lead by 65 runs.

Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli had put up a spirited 262-run stand and that kept India afloat. However, they lost their last seven wickets for a total of 56 runs. This would certainly disappoint them. India would go into the dressing room knowing that they have a job cut out for this Australian innings.

Had Kohli stayed on, the score could have been extended. However, his dismissal off the last ball of the third day put Australia in command and they finished the job today. Though the lead of 65 is not sizeable, they do have enough to put pressure on India.

Earlier, Australia had won the toss and had elected to bat first. Joe Burns is debuting for them. On the other hand, India brought in KL Rahul, who gets his Test cap. Mohammed Shami has replaced Varun Aaron. Australia are leading the series 2-0 after winning the first two Tests in Adelaide and Brisbane. Steven Smith’s 192 helped Australia score 530 in the first innings

Brief scores:

Australia 530 (Chris Rogers 57, Shane Watson 52, Steven Smith 192, Ryan Harris 74, Brad Haddin 55; Umesh Yadav 3 for 130, Mohammed Shami 4 for 138, Ravichandran Ashwin 3 for 134) lead India 465 (Murali Vijay 68, Virat Kohli 169, Ajinkya Rahane 147; Ryan Harris 4 for 70, Mitchell Johnson 3 for 135, Nathan Lyon 2 for 108) by 65 runs.

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