2nd Test, Day 3 live score






WICKET – Travis Head falls at third man once again. He slashes at a short and wide one from Mohammad Shami and finds Ishant Sharma. He gors for 19. The game opens up. Tim Paine comes out to bat. Australia lead by 163 with last recognised batting pair in for the home team.

100 up for Australia – Usman Khawaja and Travis Head had taken Australia’s score past the 100-run mark and the lead over India extends to 148 runs

WICKET -Peter Handscmob departs for 13. Australia 89/3. An inspirational bowling change by Virat Kohli. He brings his speedster back into the attack and he delivers immediately. This Test match continues to thrill. Poor, very poor by Peter Handscomb. Ishant angles in a full length ball around off, it nips back in just a shade after landing and once again Peter tries to play it out from the comfort of his crease. A stride forward would have helped him there but it’s completely absent. Also, his bat comes down at a wrong angle, so basically he has missed a straight ball to get hit on the pads. They appeal and the finger goes up immediately.

WICKET – Shaun Marsh goes for 5. Australia 64/2, lead by 107 runs. It was bouncer and Marsh took it on, faint edge to wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant

WICKET – Marcus Harris falls in the 20s for the third time in the series. He has been leaving ball very close to the off stump and it was a case of one too many for the opener as Jasprit Bumrah just about manages to clip the bails and Harris is disappointed. He goes back for 20. Australia 59/1, lead 102 runs



Australia’s session one would believe. They are ahead by 76 runs.

There is another halt in play as once again the Australian physio is on the field. This time, to check on Aaron Finch’s right hand. He seems to have hurt his index finger badly and is going off the field. In fact, all the players are heading back to the pavilion as it is time for Tea on Day 3.

Hostile session of fast bowling from India, but Aaron Finch and Marcus Harris are fighting it out

DROPPED – In and out of Pujara’s hand at first slip. The edge was always coming but Marcus Harris survives. Could have been Rishabh Pant’s catch as well, he was wrong footed.

Back for Australia’s 2nd dig – And both Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah are bowling with enough venom. Tough times for Aaron finch and Marcus Harris. Play and a miss, play and a miss, something has to give. Australia 7/0

WICKET – Fourth wicket for Nathan Lyon as Rishabh Pant tries to hit one over the boundary. Caught at long on by Mitch Marsh for 36

SIX into the second tier at the Optus Stadium by Rishabh Pant. India 271/8

Here’s the Kohli dismissal


WICKET – India lose their eighth wicket – Ishant Sharma caught and bowled for 1- IND 254/8

Lunch: Mohammad Shami edges one to Nthan Lyon and India slump to 251/7

WICKET – Big moment in the match – Virat Kohli plays away from his body to a Pat Cummins pitched up delivery , edge and Peter Handscomb at third slip managed to get his fingers underneath the dying ball. Umpires go upstairs for confirmation. Close call that one for third umpire Nigel Llong. The on-field umpire Kumar Dharmasena’s soft signal was out and Llong doesn’t have any evidence to overturn that. Kohli has to depart. He made 123. Not really happy with the decision but India are 6 down for 251.

Here s crunching down the numbers on Virat Kohli s 25th Test ton – Virat Kohli notches up 25th Test century and with that achieves a host of milestones

WICKET – Josh Hazlewood strikes – a perfect outswinger. Hanuma Vihari tried to hold his line but Hazlewood had the right line, length and aided by late movement Vihari could not have done any better than edging it. He goes for 20. India 223/5

50-run stand – Hanuma Vihari has been a perfect foil for Virat Kohli so far in the morning session after the loss Ajinkya Rahane early on

100 for Virat Kohli – King Kohli at his best – punches a pitched up delivery down the ground with aplomb, take a boundary, jogs to the on-striker’s end, takes out his helmet and signals he is letting the bat do the talking. India 207/4. This is Kohli 25th Test ton, 7th against Australia



NEW BALL TAKEN: Virat Kohli in the 90s, India cross 200 and the new ball is taken

The Rahane dismissal


WICKET – Nathan Lyon pushes one through and Ajinkya Rahane is playing for the spin. Fantastic length, good line and a slight outside edge is taken well by Tim Paine behind the stumps. Australia strike in the first over of the day. Rahane gone for 51, without adding any runs to his overnight score. India 173/4

Nathan Lyon to start the proceedings on Day 3. Virat Kohli on 82*, Ajinkya Rahane on 51* – India 172/3, trail Australia by 154 runs. Second new ball is due after 11 overs, and Tim Paine wants his pace bowlers fresh when the new ball is taken, hence, Lyon getting the ball this early.

Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage from Day 3 of the second Test between India and Australia from Perth s Optus Stadium. The absorbing battle between bat and ball continues with India fighting back through unbeaten fifties from captain Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane. Australia were bowled out for 326 on the second morning before the home pacers landed two early blows. India lost their openers cheaply and then Kohli took the lead as he built two important partnership to negate the advantage.

He first added 74 runs with Cheteshwar Pujara for the third wicket to guide India to safety after being reduced to 8/2 at one stage. Then Rahane walked in and he took the attack to the Aussie quicks with an attacking half-century. At the close of play, Kohli had reached 82 while his deputy was unbeaten on 51. India were 172/3, trailing by 154 runs.

Dig in:

Report: Kohli, Rahane fifties lead India s strong reply

Kaushik: With rare hat-trick in sight, Ishant Sharma turns another corner

Narula: Pujara and Rahane tango with Kohli, to India s gain

Analysis: The best and worst from Day 2 of the Perth Test